Fort Bend Cares supporters this year will gather virtually to recognize the award $100,000 in grants to local non-profits committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. The celebration capped off a great year for the organization. Through the generosity of event sponsors, volunteers and other donors, Fort Bend Cares distributed awards to ranging from $4,000 to $10,000 to 17 hardworking community organizations. The event was sponsored by over 40 sponsors including the generosity of key sponsors such as Jacobs, PBK Architects, Rice & Gardner Consultants, Fluor, Gregg Engineering, and Billy & Tammy Brown. Through these sponsors and the ongoing support of dedicated volunteers and other donors, Fort Bend Cares raised the necessary funds to award these grants to hardworking community organizations.
More than 40 Fort Bend Cares Grants Committee volunteers performed a thorough review of grant applications from local nonprofits before making their recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Reviews included site visits, meeting with staff, determining the number of children impacted and identifying whether the organization meets a physical, emotional, or educational need.
“Fort Bend Cares supporters entrust us to evaluate grant applicants to ensure the money they have helped us raise has the biggest and most positive impact on disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County, said Grants Committee Co-Chair Billy Euell. “Those serving on the Grants Committee take this responsibility very seriously and are always so moved and impressed by all the dedicated organizations doing the much-needed work helping these kids,” he added.
New grant recipients this year include Achieve Fort Bend to purchase of books for Title 1 school students summer reading program, Sole Loved Shoes to purchase new shoes to provide to kids in need, and Fort Bend Hope to purchase computers for an after school program in Richmond. Undies for Everyone and Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room were awarded grants at the Road Trip to South America fundraising event in January. The remaining organizations were awarded grants this month.
Since 2005, Fort Bend Cares has awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to organizations that strive to improve the lives of the youngest members or our community. For a complete list of 2020 grant recipients please go to the Grant page on this website.