The Grace Foundation of Destin awards grants

Special to The Log
Pastor Kevin Wendt of Grace Lutheran is with Anna Keipert (Clarkston Student Ministries in Clarkston, Ga.) and Cindy Theriault.

The Grace Foundation of Destin Board of Trustees has announced that $12,836 in grants were awarded for the Fall 2015 Grant cycle.

The Grace Foundation mission is to the honor of Jesus Christ, seeking to extend the healing and hope of Jesus through Grace Lutheran Church to our community and beyond, helping those in need wherever they may be found. The Foundation places emphasis on projects and missions honoring God that impact an underserved and disadvantaged group of faithful Christian people.

The majority of Grace Foundation Grants are missional in nature with clearly defined objectives, qualified and committed leadership, and measurable outcomes. Proposals are favored that involve Christian organizations, Christian volunteers, or connect to Christian congregations.

There were a total of seven grants awarded for local and regional initiatives. The following is a summary of the grants:

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Okaloosa/Walton County, Shalimar, FL. Okaloosa/Walton FCA's vision is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes, students and coaches. At the heart of FCA are the coaches. The grant will be used to support a program to teach area coaches what being a 3Dimensional Coach means. 3Dimensional Coaching is based on extensive research regarding different coaching philosophies and the cultural influence of coaches in the lives of the people they impact. The FCA Coaches Academy is designed to help coaches explore the biblical truth behind the research-backed concepts of 3Dimensional Coaching. By completing this academy, coaches will become more transformational in the lives of their players by learning to coach in all three dimensions from a faith-based perspective.

Evergreen Lutheran School, Detroit, Mich., will use the grant to fund a significant shortfall of funds due to Detroit’s recent financial crisis that has placed a much greater emphasis on private donations. This grant is part of an 18-month commitment by the Grace Foundation to support the school.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at Grace Lutheran Church of Destin, will use grant to pay child care costs and other operating expenses, such as crafts, food, and membership renewal. The MOPS group welcomes young mothers and shows them the love of Jesus and helps them understand their God-given gift of Motherhood through fellowship and breakfast, devotion led by the pastor, and a meaningful craft.

Clarkston Student Ministries, Clarkston, Ga., will use grant to assist with the costs of a summer employment/discipleship program. The summer employment training program invests in students by giving then access to employment mentorships as they work within the context of the youth program. The Student Ministry will use the grant to help 1) fund the student-led fundraising program that will benefit the organization’s financial self-sufficiency and 2) match the student’s personal fund raising efforts for their summer service.

Music Grant at Grace Lutheran Church, Destin. The Grace Foundation has established a Music Grant to both support young singers and musicians and to enhance the praise and worship ministry of Grace Lutheran Church. The grant is given once per year and is to be used for lessons, instruments, or any other requirement that will enhance their musical talent. One way to thank, praise, serve, and obey our heavenly Father, is to encourage people in using the gifts and talents with which the Lord has blessed them.

Crop Drop, Destin, grant was used to support Crop Drop 2015 on Nov. 21, 2015. Approximately 80,000 pounds of produce was sorted, bagged, and delivered to over 50 different agencies in the Okaloosa, Walton, and Santa Rosa Counties. There were 6,000 families/24,000 individuals who benefited from this effort. This grant was awarded ahead of the Fall 2015 grant cycle to support the timeframe for the event.

Children in Crisis, Fort Walton Beach, will use grant for a project geared towards the “House Dad’s” and the young men in their care. The program is called Raising a Modern Day Knight, and it has a workbook and video to guide fathers on how to raise Christian young men. The hope is that the young men will take these lessons and learn how to be loving, kind, and that they can break the cycle in their lives that have caused them to come into the care of Children in Crisis.

The Grace Foundation of Destin was established in 2006 to reach out and impact the world around us as an extension of the Lord’s work at Grace Lutheran Church. The Foundation manages a fund that is distributed to worthy organizations through a grant review process. Two annual grant application cycles occur in the spring and fall. All grant applications are reviewed and approved by The Board of Trustees. The Grace Foundation has awarded over $466,000 to support local, national and international faith-based initiatives to 56 individuals and organizations.

The Spring 2016 Grant Application deadline is April 30, 2016. For more information, please visit or contact