CONGRATULATIONS IACA CYCLE #5 NONPROFIT GRANT RECIPIENT,
DEDICATED BELIEVERS MINISTRIES!
Click here to learn about our Cycle #16 artist grant winner, Alex Younger. Click here to learn about our other Cycle #16 artist grant winner, Cara Mays.
Congratulations to Dedicated Belivers Ministries on a successful grant application!
The following is their grant application:
Our mission and vision incorporate the ideals that "...we are dedicated to God, family, and community." As a civic-minded and community-oriented, multicultural and nondenominational church ministry, we actively pursue opportunities to impact the lives of others, especially those impacted by the Flint Water Crisis, our children. By offering this African-American arts and culture program at no cost, we help local children and community residents allowing them access without the barrier of high costs or registration fees to attend. Every year, this program reaches people in the community beyond the church into the heart of Flint and Genesee County. To expose K-12 students and adults to the arts, opens the participants to become creative, critical-thinkers, dreamers, innovators; it improves their ability to imagine, and strengthens self-esteem, self-identity, and self-worth. Children's universal themes, such as: creative expression, cultural diversity, determination, overcoming struggle, public speaking, reading comprehension, and much more.
Our two main community-based programs include: 1) Art Education Outreach (2020 Summer Arts Camp) educates, encourages literacy and reading comprehension, and engages community (especially diverse groups of Flint and Genesee County's K-12 students) using African-American art, artists, history, and subject matter; 2) The H.E.L.P. Center offers free personal hygiene and household items, as well as vital resources to needy children, impoverished individuals, struggling families, and to the poor. Items such as: clean water filters, diapers, food, textbooks, underclothes, winter clothing, etc.
This program has operated annually since 2017 and has been supported by local philanthropic organizations, foundations, and funders. It introduces K-12 grade students to African-American art appreciation, art education, and incorporates universal themes teaching youths from all walks of life. Students read children's literature (books) about the artists; they watch and listen to DVDs of documentaries and interviews of the artists; the children view a museum-quality artwork (visual arts) and inspect different mediums, styles, etc.; and a college-level arts instructor leads the youth in creative expression and "hands-on" activities using art supplied to the participants. All at no cost and for free. (We secure funds via grants so the students can attend with no fee, which is why we're grateful for this opportunity to request funding from the IACA.)
Grants will be used to support the activities, costs, and expenses as outlined in our program budget for the Art Education Outreach (2020 Summer Arts Camp) program. Each year, funds are needed for art materials and supplies, books, flyers, healthy snacks (youths are fed fresh fruits, vegetables, water, and juices daily), and paper items. Any funds received will be used in accordance with the line item(s) best aligned with the funder(s).
We are always seeking to diversify our grant revenues each year, which is always challenging. To be able to receive much needed funds from your organization, allows us the opportunity to continue serving hundreds of K-12 grade students in the Flint and Genesee County area. Many are still suffering due to lead poisoning exposure from the city's water system infrastructure that leeched harmful contaminants and toxins impacting our most vulnerable assets...our children.