August 1, 2017
During May and June 2017, Plymouth Community Service and Social Action (CSSA) Board accepted applications for the 2017 Change Grant, a three-year, $105,000 grant awarded to a non-profit organization operating in the Greater Seattle Area that addresses social justice issues through direct service or social action. We are happy to announce we received 20 applications from a wide array of Seattle-based organizations doing amazing work lifting up people who live on the margins due to poverty and racism.
Here are a few highlights:
Through this Change Grant partnership, we hope the recipient organization will experience a dramatic change in what it is able to do and be for its constituents. We also hope members and friends of Plymouth Church form deep relationships and stand with the grant recipient organization in times of service and advocacy, conversation and celebration.
The CSSA board will meet several times during August to work through the selection process. Each board member will rank applications based on the following criteria;
We will discuss each application and work together to determine the top 3-4 applicants. Then, we arrange site visits for CSSA members to meet with the organization’s leadership. A final selection meeting will follow site visits.
This is the fifth Plymouth Church Change Grant opportunity offered in the last six years. Previous Change Grants were awarded to Casa Latina, Mary’s Place, Recovery Café and Village of Hope. If you know an organization that could benefit, and missed this year’s deadline, the next Change Grant cycle is planned for 2020. CSSA also awards several one-time Inspiration Grants of $2,000 to organizations sponsored by Plymouth members. The Inspiration Grant cycle takes place in November/December, 2017. For questions, please contact Joanie Stultz, Board Chair: JoanieStultz@gmail.com.