2018 Grant Recipients

Fort Bend Cares will gather grantees, volunteers and key donors for its annual grant reception at Safari Texas Ranch to give out the awards. Everyone will be on hand to also celebrate Fort Bend Cares’ dedication to the community, granting over $1.85 million since our inception.

2018 Grantees Program Description
Access Health Dental Chair for Stafford location
American Diabetes Association Summer camp for Type 1 diabetes providing education/care for kids.  Only camp like it!
Attack Poverty Educational after school program for kids 6-12 yrs with the focus on tutoring, homework help, STARR testing prep, reading.  Three locations, 1 meeting every day.  Meals are served at all locations, and includes school supplies, and recruit, train adult volunteers. One mentor to five kids.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston SMART afterschool program-targets girls in teaching self-esteem/socializing skills
Child Advocates of Fort Bend NEST program – field trips to foster interest in STEM and other cultural event field trips.
Clothed By Faith Grant will provide clothing for 1,000 kids.
Creative Dreams Summer program that teaches kids life skills for independence
DePelchin Children’s Center Equine therapy for kids living at RTC in Rosenberg.
East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry Food Bank supplies/services
Edison Arts Summer Theatre, Arts and Dance Program
Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center Provide admission ticket for families of children connected to other support groups, such as FB Women’s Center, Child Advocates of Fort Bend County.  Approx 420 children will be served.  Very engaging center w/interactive teaching areas throughout.
Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room Car seats and beds
Fort Bend Family Promise Approximately 200 children will be served by the program.   Target is to keep homeless disadvantaged youth engaged with their schooling and psychosocial development.
Fort Bend Women’s Center The Children’s Counselor contracted to conduct children’s support groups on a weekly basis with Shelter resident children.  The counselor will help the children overcome the effects of abuse through work on self-esteem, confidence and social and coping skills.  One-time, on-call, daily, weekly.
Gigi’s Playhouse Sugar Land This funding will allow them to put together backpacks for each student with Down Syndrome to take with them and work on objectives at home throughout the week.  It also allows them to buy more sets of leveled book.  Further, each student will receive a individualized book with familiar pictures of friends and family for “math and literacy tutoring”.
Lunches of Love Provide sack lunches for kids over summer and holidays
Memorial Hermann Foundation Supplies for mobile dental unit housed in LCISD
Reigning Strength Equine Therapy
Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands Program targets distribution of underwear/diapers/socks to children that are in the program
Sam Houston Area Council Funding for part time troop leader for low income area without leader participation
Second Mile Mission Food Bank supplies/services
SIRE Equine Therapy
Texana Center Purchase of 3 new I-Pads for counselors to record sessions in real time.
Undies for Everyone Funds new underwear for school nurses to give to kids so they don’t have to have their parents come and for them not to miss school time waiting
Westside Saints Funds to purchase new football pads and helmets that need to be replaced and will be used for another 5 years.  This organization provides a quality football and cheerleading programs and have expanded from 1 team to 5 teams using volunteers.  They promote healthy after school activities in underprivileged neighborhoods. They lost most of their equipment in the flood and are using old and borrowed equipment currently.
YMCA TY Davis Summer program for kids so they can experience being outdoors in nature.  Fishing, archery, kayaking and educational contests

Non-Profit Highlight: Boys & Girls Clubs

Known as the “Positive Place for Kids,” Boys & Girls Clubs aim to inspire and enable all youth, especially those most in need, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. In Fort Bend County, 3000 youth ages six to 17 years old have three clubs they can attend each day throughout the school year and summer.

The three clubs – Fort Bend, Richmond-Rosenberg and Stafford – open their doors to children and youth in need of a safe place and deliver high quality programming that builds character; enhances academic performance; improves physical health and fitness; expands life skills; develops leadership potential; promotes civic engagement; and equips youth for pursuing rigorous postsecondary educational opportunities and productive careers. The Clubs give many of the county’s youth the opportunity to have mentors and tutors, intentional daily programs and a structured environment where they can laugh, smile and play while their parents/guardians are working.

Support from Fort Bend Cares and other partners has enabled the Fort Bend Club to educate hundreds of young people on how to be better decision makers and more responsible citizens through the SMART (Skills, Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves program. SMART Moves is a nationally-acclaimed prevention program that teaches young people how to make informed decisions by involving them in discussion and role-playing classes, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence.

The Fort Bend County Clubs are proud to serve the diverse and unique needs of the community here. Each of the clubs is tailored to the individual community and includes daily warm meals. The Clubs provide an outcome driven experience that believes whole-heartedly in the motto of “Great Futures Start Here.”

To find out more about the Clubs, contact Fort Bend County Director Nick Cantu at ncantu@bgcgh.org or 281-202-9673.