The Foundation serves ALL the membership of First Presbyterian Church.   Because the membership of the Foundation is THE SAME AS the membership of FPC, the goals and purposes of the two are uniquely matched in three key areas:

  • Spiritual Needs

  • Educational Needs

  • Charitable Needs  


The Foundation also serves to protect and ensure the FUTURE of FPC – especially in the unique areas of spirituality, education and charity.   

Together our missions are matched – our purposes are complementary. 

The Foundation helps the congregation:

  • Plan for its future

  • Provide funds for the growth of the Church

  • Provide funds for projects

  • Provide assurance that FPC’s mission can be carried forward for future generations. 


The Foundation serves FPC through a GRANT program.

At the beginning of each calendar year, a specific amount of funds - from the Foundation's GENERAL account - are allocated for GRANT spending. The amount allocated for spending is determined utilizing the YALE formula (a combination of quarterly account balance averages, a 4% payout-multiple, weighted allocations and a consumer price index factor).

Any member of the congregation is encouraged to work through or with an FPC committee to identify a project or need and complete a formal, written GRANT APPLICATION FORM ***.

All GRANT APPLICATIONS are initially vetted through FPC Session to help determine the appropriateness and timing of the project or need.

If favorably reviewed by the FPC session, the GRANT APPLICATION is then forwarded to the Foundation Board of Directors for official review and action. If approved, the GRANT APPLICATION is forwarded to the Foundation Treasurer for funding authorization. For a complete copy of the GRANT REQUEST PROCESS, please click on the appropriate link at the bottom of this page.



  • $850,000 – Total dollars Foundation has gifted in the past ten years (2006-2015)
  • $ 85,000 – Average annual amount available for gifting (2006-2015))
  • 90 - Number of grants awarded since 2006 (+/-) 


The Foundation’s Grant Program

  • Demonstrates DIVERSITY in gifting

  • Touches lives both near and far

  • Serves local, regional, national and international needs

  • Addresses simple and complex needs

  • Funds one-time, multi-year and matching requests

  • Supports spiritual, educational and charitable purposes 

Whatever the NEED – the FOUNDATION’S purpose and mission are to care for the future and growth of First Presbyterian Church. 

Listed below are the grants awarded in 2017.


GRANT AWARDED                                                                                AMOUNT             

Laws Room Renovation                                                                            $5,366                

Handbells and Related Supplies                                                               $7,500               

Department Discretionary Funds Grant                                                    $10,000                

Flat Roof Replacement                                                                             $33,900                

NEXT                                                                                                        $6,482                

Mission Support                                                                                       $31,624                

  • The Power of Love   (8,112.00)       
  • Youth Mission Trip West VA (12,000.00)       
  • Bright Stars of Bethlehem Scholarships (7,200.00)       
  • Christmas Stockings for homeless  (1,000.00)       
  • Thrive Alliance Ramps  (5,000.00)       
  • Pres. Disaster Assistance for Puerto Rico (3,000.00)       
  • O/A Grant - bumper Stickers  (1,000.00)       
  • Keep Hope Alive-Olive Grove Palestine  (4,000.00)


***Click here for a copy of the FPC Foundation GRANT APPLICATION FORM.

Click here for a copy of the GRANT REQUEST PROCESS