Change Grant Selection in Process 

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:

  • Support a LGBTQ Youth Cultural Competency Trainer to better serve LGBTQ, primarily low-income youth of color under age 18 in downtown Seattle.
  • Support education and action programs designed to inspire, empower, educate and engage people to become leaders in the work of social justice.
  • Start a Colleague Connection program - to build stronger, more resilient and effective faith-based environmental network in Washington State 

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;

  • Degree to which the program or organization serves or advocates for people living on the margins due to poverty and/or racism.
  • Quality of the program or organization the grant would support.
  • Potential for the grant to have a transformational impact on the program or organization.
  • Potential opportunities for transforming relationships between the program or organization and Plymouth Church members and friends.
  • To what extent does the organization include the people it serves in vision-setting and operational decision-making?

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:

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