On December 21, 1987, on his 65th Birthday, Bob Fernley assembled his family and announced that he was donating $65,000 to St. Thomas’ – $l,000 for each year of his life. Because of Bob’s long and dedicated relationship with the Episcopal Church during the turbulent ‘60s, he knew firsthand the importance of fulfilling dreams. He believed that if a special project could receive a gift of ‘seed money’, it would facilitate and jump start the initiative. Since 1987, Bob’s endowed Fund has grown to over $120,000, with $20,000 contributed in his honor when he died on May 8, 2008.
-Mikie Fernley, St. Thomas’ Outreach (Fernley) Fund Trustee:
The Fund’s income is granted annually for the purpose of assisting in the initiation of new outreach programs solely for the assistance of economically disadvantaged individuals and organizations which have a primary purpose of providing such assistance. Some of our most sustainable programs (e.g., St. Thomas’ Summer Camp and our Scholarship Program) and those of our partner, Episcopal Community Services, have been jump started by Bob’s far-sighted generosity.
How Do I Apply for a Grant?
Applications for grants are submitted in proposed form to the Outreach Fund Liaison, Pam Serra (215-885-9626, firstname.lastname@example.org. She can be contacted for any questions regarding the process.) Proposals should be no longer than two pages in twelve point type. Proposals may be submitted by July 31 for review and comment if the applicant chooses. Final grant applications are due by September 21.