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 Project is a ten year community outreach project started by Trinity Episcopal Church in 2008. Its premise is simple: to raise and give back $1,000,000,000 to the Shoals community in the form of grants based on the Prayer of St. Francis. By the end of 2017, the St. Francis Project will have returned $800,000 to those in need in our area.
Through these grants, it 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 the hungry. It has sent a Fourth Grade class on a field trip to the McWane Centering Birmingham, bought desks for a sixth grade teacher in Waterloo and provided training to 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 the first grant cycle in 2009, funds have been distributed to 87 different agencies, ministries and individuals in the Shoals area. It also maintains its own web site, www.stfrancisproject.org, where grant applications and guidelines can be found. There are two grant cycles each year. The deadline for the first is January 31st and the second is July 31st.
The St. Francis Project is supported by a 10% tithe of Trinity’s annual plate and pledge and additional fundraisers throughout the year. The fundraisers range from a Mardi Gras celebration to a St. Francis Bake Sale in November. The fund is administered by a nine member board of directors who meet two times a year to allocate funds. Every spring, the board sponsors a St. Francis Breakfast, where spring grant recipients receive their checks and are honored by the parish.
If you would like to become involved with this life changing ministry, please contact the church office at (256) 764-6149.
Agencies, Ministries and Individuals Supported by the St. Francis Project, 2009 – 2016
AIDS Action Coalition
The Alpha Center
The Arc of the Shoals
Big Brothers/ Big Sisters
Brandon Ministry Center
Children’s Museum of the Shoals
Colbert/ Lauderdale Attention Homes
Community Action of Northwest Alabama (Meals on Wheels, Vision Project)
Cooperative Community Ministries, Inc. (Help Center)
Cramer Children’s Center
Dyslexia Center of the Shoals
Easter Seals of Northwest Alabama
ECM Newborn Nursery
Edgemont United Methodist Church, Angel
Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama
Florence Addiction Recovery Manor (The F.A.R.M)
12 For Life Fund
Florence City Schools
Florence City Schools/ Harlan and Weeden
Elementary School Resource Officer
Florence City Schools, Homebound Program
Florence City Schools, Florence Learning Center
Florence City Schools/Social Workers
Florence City Schools, Harlan Elementary School
Florence City Schools/ Harlan and Weeden
Elementary School Resource Officer
Florence City Schools/Harlan Elementary/4th Grade
Florence/ Lauderdale Public Library
Gospel Truth Church
The Healing Place
Heart of Alabama Save, Rescue, Adopt
Helen Keller Foundation
Homeless Care Council
Hospice of the Shoals
Kids of the Kingdom Preschool
Lauderdale County Children’s Policy Council
Lauderdale County Juvenile Drug Court
Lauderdale County S.P.A.N. Program (Special Program for Achievement Network)
Life Management/Anger Management Program
Martha Jo Daniel, L.P.C.
Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church
Mustard Seed of Faith
NAMI Shoals, Inc
New Beginning Ministries, Inc
New Beginning Church
Northwest Alabama Reading Aides
Northwest Alabama Spay and Neuter Assistance
NW Community Health Association,
(Shoals Community Clinic)
One Place of the Shoals
Rape Response (Shoals Crisis Center)
SafeplaceSalvation Army of the Shoals
Shoals Area Community for the Employment of People with Disabilities
Shoals Crisis Center
Shoals Entrepreneurial Center
Shoals Family Council (Families First)
Shoals Family Success Center
Shoals Habitat for Humanity
Shoals Scholar Dollar Foundation, Inc.
Shoals Special Needs Hub
Sidney Safe Foundation
Singing River Equine Rescue, Inc.
Success By 6
St. Vincent de Paul Conference
Tennessee Valley Art Association
United Way of Northwest Alabama
Waterloo Alumnae Association
Waterloo School 6th Grade
Westminster Interfaith Caring Place (WICP)
Wright Cemetery Board
YMCA of the Shoals, summer day camp scholarships
YMCA of the Shoals – Children’s Backpack Program
YMCA of the Shoals – After school scholarships
The St. Francis Project
In January of 2009, Trinity Episcopal Church adopted a new outreach ministry called the St. Francis Project. The objective of this project is to raise and give away $1,000,000 over ten years to agencies and ministries in our community and world. The money is given out primarily through grant applications and the criteria for these grants are based on the prayer of St. Francis, or as our mission statement reads:
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.