The purpose of the St. Francis Project is to bring the hope, healing, compassion, forgiveness and joy of the kingdom of God to a world broken by despair, suffering, anger and need.
The St. Francis Outreach Project was started by Trinity Episcopal Church in 2008. It was a commitment to raise and give back $1,000,000 to our communities over a ten-year period. The monies were given out through grants, whose criteria were based on the Prayer of St. Francis. Trinity’s ten-year commitment ended in 2019 and three local churches joined with Trinity to extend this ministry another three years. These churches are First Presbyterian Church of Florence, First United Methodist Church of Florence and St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. The goal for each year is $50,000, with a single grant cycle whose due date is July 31. Guidelines and applications are available on this web site.
Through these grants, the St. Francis Project has helped to fund addiction ministries and non- profits, provided professional counseling for rape and abuse victims, developed Florence based medical services for AID’s patients, provided Hospice services for those who cannot pay, given daycare and summer scholarships at the YMCA, developed an emergency fund for homeless children in the Florence City Schools, provided anger management counseling at the Florence City jail, fed and clothed those in need. It has sent a fourth-grade class on a field trip to the McWane Center in Birmingham, sent troubled youth to their first professional baseball game, bought desks for a sixth-grade teacher in Waterloo and provided training for school resource officers to recognize child abuse. It built the new playground at the Salvation Army and helped to activate the alarm system in their new housing unit. Since its first grant cycle in 2009, Funds have been distributed to 101 different agencies, ministries and individuals in the Shoals area.
The fund is supported by fundraisers and financial gifts throughout the year and administrated by a 12-member board of directors, representative of our four churches. If you would like to make a donation to this ministry, please make checks payable to The St. Francis Project and mail to P.O. Box M, Florence, AL 35631. All gifts are tax deductible.
If you would like to become involved with this life changing ministry, please contact the church office at (256) 764-6149.
The St. Francis Project
To develop true servants of God and bring the hope, healing, compassion, forgiveness and joy of the kingdom of God to a world broken by despair, suffering, anger, and need.
The St. Francis Board will review grant applications twice a year. The deadline for the first cycle is January 31st, with grants announced by April 1st. The deadline for the second cycle is July 31st, with grants announced by October 1st. All grants requesting $5,000 or more are asked to apply by the January 31st deadline. Grants requesting less that that amount may apply at either time. The amount and method of funding for any grant remains at the discretion of the St. Francis Board. The Board may choose to fund large grants quarterly or semi annually.
Guidelines for Funding
- All grant requests shall answer to the needs expressed in the prayer of St. Francis: To alleviate hatred, injury, discord, doubt, despair, darkness, sadness.
- All recipients of grants shall furnish a yearly accounting of their grant monies. A new grant application will not be considered until this accounting has been received.
- All grant requests of $5,000.00 or more shall also be sponsored by a lay member of Trinity Church and requested by a nonprofit, 501-C3 organization.
- All grant requests of $5,000.00 or more should be submitted by the January 31st deadline.
- The majority of funding shall be used to support local community needs and projects and reflect the value of our Christian faith.
- Monies disbursed can be used for
- Administrative purposes
- Specific items and/or needs
- Capital campaigns
- Seed monies
- Support for:
- Health issues: for example: handicapped programs, mental health ministries and programs, prescription drug support
- Human Welfare: for example: youth programs, hunger programs, shelter & housing programs, senior citizen projects, daycare, job training, family support programs & direct service organizations
- Human rights programs
- Evangelism: for example: theological education and missionary project
- No grants will be given to:
- Annual fund-raising campaigns or fund-raising dinners.
- Deficit financing, debt service, or loans.
- Support for political candidates or political organizations.
- Production costs of films, videos or television programs or purchase of commercial television or radio time.
- Honoraria for distinguished guests.
- Charities operated by service clubs.
- Scholarly research leading to a book or group travel.
- Group travel.
- Memorials or endowment funds.
- Medical research or requests from hospitals.