Approved grants usually fall under the following categories:
Strategic Sustainable Development
Skills Development, Job Training, and Job Placement
The Father’s Table Foundation has particular interest in proposals that seek to increase the self-sufficieny of project beneficiaries through interventions that build resilience, provide training, and strengthen institutions.
Entities should show a record of serving designated groups, and that are able to leverage their current abilities to enlarge, reproduce, or create new projects that would serve more, new, or a different group of people.
The Father’s Table occasionally funds small direct distributions for groups such as food banks, emergency pantries, and other programs that have an immediate effect on those the grant recipient serves. These grants are usually given to organizations that focus on meeting immediate needs in conjunction with a path to sustainability. On rare occasion we have funded capacity developers and staff positions, such as development officers, technical staff, and consultants. This is done almost exclusively with the understanding that the staff member should be able to raise the funds for their employment within the year.
In most cases, recipients within the Central Florida area are known to us, or are referred through community involvement, while grant recipients outside Central Florida are usually referred to the foundation by a board member.
The Foundation is introduced to proposed grants through a phone interview, where we also learn about the recipient’s history and goals for effecting its community. A member of The Father’s Table Foundation may then perform a follow-up site visit. Once the board is familiar with the program, and confident that the grant recipient’s goals are aligned with the core values and goals of the foundation, a grant application will be provided.
Application approval will be granted through semiannual Board meetings, generally occuring in February and August. Grant applications in their entirety should be submitted prior to December 1st, for the February meeting and June 1st for the August meeting (meeting may be optional). Approved grants will be contacted within 14 days of approval.