For many years, the King William Association has been proud to award grants to schools and nonprofit organizations in the King William area. The mission of the Association is to promote its residents’ educational, cultural and recreational pursuits, as well as to preserve the neighborhood’s historic structures and the diversity of its people.
In an annual competitive process, organizations submit a grant application outlining their missions and goals, describing the program or project for which funding is requested and how such funding will address the needs of the organization, and explaining how their project fulfills the Association’s mission.
This year, 15 very worthy organizations submitted applications for a wide range of imaginative and beneficial programs and projects. Seven independent grant committee evaluators read each application and scored them based on how effective the project would be, how feasible it would be for the applicant to successfully complete the project, and how clearly each applicant stated its connection to the King William Association charter.
We were able to award grants to 10 of these schools and nonprofits, and were pleased to present checks totaling $55,335 to our recipients at the Association’s September general meeting. The programs funded range from robotics classes at Bonham Academy to veterinary needs for our neighborhood feral cats to the preservation of the native regional musical genre of conjunto. Here are the ten grant recipients:
- Blue Star Contemporary - MOSAIC Program - $5,000
- Bonham Academy - Robotics Club - $6,500
- Bonham Academy PTA - ArtSmart Program - $7,500
- Brackenridge High School Theater Dept. - Live Theater Performance - $1,335
- Cannoli Fund - Community Cat Carpool - $4,000
- Conjunto Heritage Taller - Conjunto Classes - $5,000
- Gemini Ink - Letters to the World - $3,000
- Jump-Start Performance Co. - Historias y Cuentas - $5,000
- SAY Si - Program Support -$12,000
- Villa Finale - Preservation Thru Education - $6,000
We look forward to presenting more in-depth information on each organization and its project in upcoming issues of the KWA Newsletter.
- Amanda Strickland
KWA Grant Committee Chair