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University Grant Writing Class Raises $40,000 for the Food Bank of Corpus Christi

June 04, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Grant Writing Course at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently added a new $40,000 grant to the more than $500,000 the class has secured in grant monies for several non-profit organizations in the Coastal Bend since 2005. The newest grant money will benefit the Food Bank of Corpus Christi.

During the spring semester, Dr. Charles Etheridge’s class worked with the Food Bank of Corpus Christi to write a grant for Feeding America as part of its Fighting Hunger Together program. Wal-Mart, the company providing the funding for the winning grants, rewarded the submissions with the greatest amount of votes $40,000 to establish programs in their area.

Etheridge said everyone in the class worked together to make securing the grant a top priority.

“I’m proud of these students; they deserve ‘the win’” said Etheridge, Associate Professor of English, who teaches the course. “The funding they received will provide backpack meals to homeless children, many of whom only receive reliable meals while in school and who can go hungry on nights and weekends.”

This was also the first time any of his classes participated in a social media campaign, and is what he has deemed a huge success. “This was something none of us had ever done together and we just dove in and got it done,” he said.

Each semester, the students in the class work with organizations who are interested in applying for a particular grant. Following the guidelines of the given organizations, the class researches, writes, and edits a grant for the group as well as prepares it for submission. The next step is to have the grant reviewed by a committee to determine its ability to meet the funding criteria. When accepted, it becomes eligible to be selected to receive funding.

The Fighting Hunger Together grant is the most recent in a string of successes for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi grant writing students.  Other student successes benefitting the Food Bank include an award from Kraft Foods for the construction of a room-sized refrigeration unit, a grant from the Kenedy Foundation to fund a demonstration kitchen, the Rachal Foundation to fund a children’s diabetes initiative, as well as other Food Bank related projects.  Other student written grants have included a Texas Department of Health grant to fund health education in the colonias, a grant from the Dr. and Mrs. Hugh Kennedy Foundation to begin a writers camp for homeless children, and grants from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation to fund scholarships for the Young Authors Camps.

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