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.