News & Updates

Greenbelt Community Showcase 2019 Event

The Greenbelt Community Foundation (GCF) has funded many projects and programs that make Greenbelt a great place to live. We are only able to do this through generous contributions.

Join us in celebrating these successes and to support future projects and programs that are essential to our community.

The event is Sunday, October 27 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Greenbelt American Legion Banquet Hall, 6900 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt. There will be dance, music, movies, art and more. Tickets are $15.00 per person for entertainment and light refreshments.

PLEASE PURCHASE TICKETS AT THE DOOR

 

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GCF PROPOSAL DEADLINE APPROACHES

Since 2006, GCF has given over $220,000 to 75 programs. Nonprofit organizations, cooperatives, churches, schools and any group with a tax-exempt status is eligible to apply for grants from $500 to $5,000. GCF funds programs and services that will enhance the cultural, artistic, recreational, social, or environmental vitality of Greenbelt, impact residents in all parts of Greenbelt and can be completed in one year or less.

October 15, 2019 is the deadline submission of proposals applying for funding.

A full description of eligibility criteria, application instructions and the application form can be found on our web site greenbeltfoundation.org. To apply organizations are required to submit proposals by email to greenbeltcommunityfoundation@gmail.com by midnight on October 15.

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GCF Grant Writing Workshop September 16

The Greenbelt Community Foundation provides grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 twice a year on October 15 and April 15 to nonprofit organizations, cooperatives, schools, and churches serving Greenbelt. To assist those interested in applying, GCF is providing a free grant writing workshop on Monday, September 16 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 202, 15 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD.

 

The grant writing process is covered from idea to written proposal. We recommend attendees bring a draft of their grant application to the workshop for individual assistance in completing a strong proposal.

 

To register, please email the name of your organization and of those people planning to attend to info@greenbeltfoundation.org. For an application form and more information please visit the GCF’s website at greenbeltfoundation.org.

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Spring 2019 Grant Recipients Announced

The Greenbelt Community Foundation (GCF) announces that two local organizations have been awarded grants in its latest funding cycle.   THE GEMZ, Inc. and Greenbelt Middle School PTA have both received grants in support of projects which contribute to the community at large.

The $5,000 grant from GCF will allow the Greenbelt Middle School PTA to promote the Positive Behavior Intervention Support program  (PBIS) through events such as dances, holiday grams, and age-appropriate incentives for the participating students.   The PBIS program is overseen by professional staff and open to all of the 1,300 students who attend this public middle school. PBIS is a program that encourages positive behavior through a variety of means emphasizing positive behavior.  Posters throughout the school encourage students to be ready to learn, to be respectful to adults and peers, and to always take responsibility for their own actions while exhibiting safe behavior.. Teachers and administrators are encouraged to demonstrate and model the desired behaviors for the students, and use several techniques to encourage positive behavior. PBIS also encourages continued participation throughout the year by using monthly activity incentives that promote good health and positive mental well-being for students.

THE GEMZ, Inc. is a non-profit organization that serves as a mentoring and leadership program for young ladies between the ages of 11 and 18 in Greenbelt. The mission of the organization is to empower these girls with life and leadership skills, help them develop a healthy self-esteem and self-confidence. This is done through monthly workshops with them, group and peer mentoring structure and partnerships with local community members.

This $3,500 grant will allow THE GEMZ to run Financial Literacy programs for their ladies and to purchase textbooks, materials, as well as promote the events to the community. This project will equip and empower participants with financial skills and knowledge they need to start making better money decisions. They will be taught how to create simple budgets, importance of saving, how to save and how to invest in stocks. GEMZ  will have partners from the Financial Sector host Financial Literacy sessions during monthly workshops.

Grant applications are carefully considered based on viability, effect on the community, and on the funding available during the given grant cycle. To help support these and future projects, Greenbelt Community Foundation encourages donations and promotion of the funded events.

The Greenbelt Community Foundation’s mission is to support worthwhile initiatives by local organizations benefiting the Greenbelt community.  GCF has two grant cycles a year; grant awards range from $500 to $5,000 and are given to Greenbelt community groups, cooperatives and non-profit organizations.

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Community Report: Fall 2016 to Spring 2018

A student puts together tiles for the Mosaic Mural for the Greenbelt Elementary School.

The mural is important to me because I was one of the 2017-2018 fourth graders who helped make it. I mostly did panels in the bottom right corner. I feel proud knowing I had the privilege of making this. The artist could have made the mural themselves yet asked us to help. I love that we got to use cement and tile cutters. I love the vibrant, shiny colors. This was the best art project I have ever done.” Abraham C. (Greenbelt Elementary School.

The above quote is from a very visible project Greenbelt Community Foundation funded in the fall of 2017, “Greenbelt Elementary Springs to Life Mosaic Mural Project: Celebrating Pollinators.” The grant was awarded to Greenbelt Association for the Visual Arts (GAVA) who organized the project.

Check out the other eleven programs we funded in the last 18 months in our 

Community Report: Fall 2016 to Spring 2018

Everything we have accomplished is due to the support of donors and volunteers, throughout all areas of Greenbelt. Thank you. 

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