The FC Dallas Foundation’s Community Action Grant Program presented by CornerStone Staffing focuses on supporting local non-profit organizations with similar missions of promoting healthy and active lifestyles for underserved youth. In 2019, four grants in the amount of $5,000 each were awarded. We took some time to catch up with our 2019 grant recipients to see what they have been up to this year!
Mercy Street looks to provide community restoration through sports leagues, camps, and building relationships throughout West Dallas. In 2019, the funds given through the FCDF Community Action Grant presented by CornerStone Staffing were used to provide scholarships for 137 athletes to play soccer, football, baseball or softball. These scholarships covered uniforms, equipment, and registration fees.
Lakewest YMCA focuses on building programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. With the funds that they received through this grant, they were able to provide 100 scholarships for children to play soccer through the Lakewest YMCA Outreach Soccer Program in the 2019 season. In the spring of 2020, Lakewest YMCA plans to offer a beginner Soccer Skills & Drills Clinic for children ages 2-4 that will focus on developing fine motor skills, balance, endurance, self-confidence, and relationships.
Heart House provides safety, education, and opportunity to refugee and underprivileged children to move students from a mindset of chaos to calm. They used the funds from the 2019 Community Action Grant to assist with the execution of the Head, Heart, and Hands (H3) Program – a program that focuses on promoting academic success, trauma-recovery, cultural enrichment, and the development of social and coping skills. They were able to purchase materials and supplies such as books, school supplies, and athletic gear throughout the year.
6 Stones – Liga HEB:
Liga HEB is an Intramural Soccer program providing access to the sport for individuals that would otherwise be disengaged from their school and their peers. Currently, the program is implemented in seven of the eight junior high schools in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. With the funds from the 2019 Grant Cycle, 6 Stones will be adding a team from the eighth and final junior high school in the district to Liga HEB, making the sport of soccer available for every junior high school student in HEB ISD.
The FC Dallas Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2020 Grant Cycle. Click HERE for more information!