Contributing to a thriving Arlington by supporting the causes which benefit our citizens and enhance the natural surroundings and lifestyle of our city.

FY 2014 Grant Recipients

30 Grants – $1,169,136

Animal Services

City of Arlington
Animal Services Pet Assessments and Photo Studio: Arlington Animal Services Center upgrades, including new outdoor shade structures, new dog park turf, a newly created and dedicated pet assessments area and photo studio to support adoption activities.
$78,000

Beautification/Strong Neighborhoods

Grace Lutheran Church
Revitalization and Beautification: Grace Lutheran’s project extends revitalization efforts in and around the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the downtown area by addressing the appearance of the church and its surrounding property south of the campus. The church’s plan is to use the downtown Arlington model to beautify the location, refurbish and open the soccer/cricket field located on the property making is fully available for the children in the three apartment complexes adjoining their property and other neighborhood children who otherwise do not have access to a public park within walking distance. As a way to ensure the property is programmed, the congregation will forge a City of Arlingtonlition of partnerships among Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, local business owners, city police, local churches, Mission Arlington, Arlington High School, and UTA to help serve thousands of families and children within two miles of the church.
$100,000

Environment & Energy Conservation

City of Arlington
Community Development & Planning City of Arlington’s Hike and Bike System Master Plan: The grant underwrites expenses related to constructing 7.8 miles of on-street facilities that will connect the University of Texas at Arlington with River Legacy Park. The implementation of the Hike and Bike Plan will also increase the use of existing Park facilities and support the City’s efforts to create and maintain strong neighborhoods.
$15,000

Green Oaks School Going Green
Learning to Care for Nature and Ourselves: The school’s project focuses on educating students on environmental practices, improving the health and well-being of students and their families and developing tools for the school to help with its own financial health. The educational curriculum focuses on the life cycle of plants and people. The project will begin by creating a walking track on school property so students can incorporate physical activity into their daily routines. A gardening center will be added in phase two to teach new skills and for hands-on educational programming. Regardless of a student’s learning level, the program is available to all Green Oaks students. Additionally, the new center affords the opportunity for students to learn vocational skills in a number of areas, including customer service, handling money and other retail skills. Finally, the program offers the school the chance to grow its campus-wide recycling program with the potential to take the recycling program into the community as a business as a way to develop additional job skills for Green Oaks students.
$60,000

Historic Preservation

Heroes of South Vietnam Memorial Foundation
Vietnam War Memorial: Grant will match donations collected by South Vietnam Memorial Foundation to help build a monument to honor and preserve the sacrifices of the American and South Vietnamese soldiers who served South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The memorial will be built in the City of Arlington’s Veteran’s Park and will depict a South Vietnamese soldier and an American soldier representing the bond and the shared sacrifices.
$150,000

Safe Neighborhood

Arlington Fire Charitable Group
Random Acts of Kindness: Started by the Arlington Fire Charitable Group in March, 2014, the program is designed to provide local firefighters with financial resources to help address a myriad of needs which they may encounter as they respond in and around the community. Through the Random Acts of Kindness Program, local first responders are able to directly and immediately assist citizens and visitors in Arlington as needs arise.
$15,000

Community Partners of Tarrant County
Community Partners of Tarrant County Rainbow Room: Grant provides the organization with funding to offer up to 200 free pack-n-plays/portable cribs and car seats to clients involved with Child Protective Services. Clients are caseworker referred and must prove/have a financial need.
$5,000

The Women’s Center of Tarrant County
Arlington Counseling Program: Grant provides funding for specialized therapy for almost 600 women, men, and children, crisis intervention services through the 24-hour hotline, counseling for almost 90 victims of sexual assault, domestic violence case management services and clinical counseling.
$20,000

Women’s Heart DBA Grace After Fire
Table Talk: Color Me Camo: Provides counseling and other resources to help women veterans manage issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), depression, suicidal behaviors, drug and alcohol dependencies, as well as navigate the Veteran Administrations’ system of care. The two-day retreat teaches skills to strengthen relationships, improve family team building and work through challenges with fellow veterans and professional counselors.
$19,000

Strong Neighborhoods

Christian Women’s Job Corp
Technology Grant: Award provided funding for technology upgrades to the tuition-free educational program emphasizing job skills and personal development for economically-disadvantaged women in Arlington. CWJC holds two twelve week sessions each year, with day and evening classes available.
$8,000

Communities Foundation of Texas
2014 North Texas Giving Day: Arlington Gives! (Communities Foundation of Texas): Provide $30,000 in grants to Arlington-based charities participating in the 18-hour on-line giving event. Grants were awarded during the Kick-off Rally and throughout the day to the Arlington-based charities with the most number of unique donors. The day resulted in Arlington organizations raising more than $528,000 from 3,510 donors.
$30,000

River Legacy Foundation
River Legacy was a recipient of a grant awarded at the Sept 18, 2014, North Texas Giving Day – Arlington Kick-Off Event at the Levitt Pavilion. Funding was provided by a $10,000 donation from Total Wine & More.
$10,000

Symphony Arlington
2014 Golden Ticket Program: A grant to underwrite Symphony Arlington’s program dedicated to building relationships with retirement communities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities by bringing residents to the Arlington Music Hall to attend each performance during the 2013-2014 Season, Shall We Dance?
$6,500

Arts & Culture

Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington
2014 Children’s Concert Series underwriter: Grant will provide free children’s concerts by professional children’s artists during its Children’s Concert Series. These interactive concerts are designed to teach children creativity, self-esteem, and social skills in a fun, entertaining manner.
$40,000

Theatre Arlington
Production underwriting for the 42 season of Theatre Arlington: The 2014 – 15 Season will feature two regional premieres by major playwrights, Whodunit the musical – a musical murder mystery by Broadway star Ed Dixon and Mama Won’t Fly – a new comedy by the prolific play writing team of Hope, Jones and Wooten. The Theatre will also engage Tom Dudzick in production of his newest play, The Miracle on South Division Street. Remaining plays in the season include the popular farce, Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti; the family favorite – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – which will be a part of the downtown holiday festivities; Disney’s The Little Mermaid, literary classic, The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe; the musical Urinetown; and a new upbeat comedy-drama, Becky’s New Car.
$25,000

Arlington Master Chorale
2014 Spring Concert Series sponsor: The series includes Mozart’s classic chorale composition “Solemn Vespers” and Moretn Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” a modern composition. These works, separated by more than two centuries, contrast in age, but compare in their symbols of hope, assurance, and illumination. Both of these works require full orchestral accompaniment to do justice to these magnificent choral pieces.
$10,000

Arlington Museum of Art
Ansel Adams Exhibit Underwriting: As one of the few sites selected to host this exhibit, the Arlington Museum of Art plays host to one of the nation’s artistic treasures and to facilitate a discussion about the importance of preserving our natural resources. In 1941 the National Park Service commissioned Ansel Adams to create a photo mural for the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC. The theme was to be nature as exemplified and protected in the U.S. National Parks. Through his photography, Ansel Adams inspired a generation to recognize and value our natural resources. The exhibit, Ansel Adams Masterworks: The Museum Set, is a group of 47 photographs selected by the artist himself.
$35,000

Libraries

City of Arlington Library
Technology for Young Children: Grant provides funding to expand technology and related literacy resources to preschool children. The award will help purchase iPads for use at the Central and East Arlington libraries. Additionally, funding for a pilot program which focuses on increasing technology interaction in early reading and learning.
$24,300

City of Arlington Library
EContent: The grant from Arlington Tomorrow Foundation will increase the Library’s capacity to respond to current demand by providing citizens with more convenient access to literature and information in eBook format.
$57,000

University of Texas at Arlington
Technology Education Academy: Grant provides funding to expand after-school technology-based programs at the Arlington Public Library and in the Arlington ISD while also inspiring participants to pursue higher education and careers in technology-based fields. The program will be achieved through University of Texas Arlington (UTA) computer science professors will introduce novel technology (robotics and augmented-reality sensors) to engage participants in fun and experientially-driven learning experiences. UTA’s expertise in robotics and computer science will be used to develop an exciting curriculum that adheres to and enhances AISD curricular standards, with measurable outcomes aimed at developing critical thinkers and increasing science literacy. UTA computer science students will serve as mentors to participants in the Technology Education Academy, not only assisting them through the program but also inspiring them to consider pursuing higher education. The academy aims to teach • Computer Programming • Problem Solving • Robotics • Mechanical Engineering • Software Engineering • Math • Teamwork • Creativity • Data Analysis.
$25,000

Parks & Recreation

City of Arlington Parks Department
In 2007 the Senior Advisory Board requested that the Parks and Recreation Department purchase a 26 passenger bus to accommodate customers with an interest in local travel. This resource will allow the Department to serve approximately 1,824 customers annually. Operation of the vehicle will begin as soon as it is received and authorized for use. CITY OF ARLINGTON Parks is anticipating December 2014 as the start-up date.
$100,000

City of Arlington Parks Department
The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking grant funding for the installation of lighting at the skate park in Vandergriff Park. The skate park is one of the most widely used park facilities in the city. Lighting will allow skaters to safely use the park in the evening, as well as, optimize the amount of time it can be used on a daily basis. The project entails the installation of seven (7) light poles with fixtures and the replacement of an existing electrical panel. The design for the lighting layout is complete. The system scheduled to be installed is a “Green Lighting System” manufactured by Musco Lighting. It is designed to cut operating costs in half of typical lighting, reduces spill light by 50% and includes system monitoring which allows remote on/off control.
$130,000

City of Arlington Parks Department
Parks & Recreation would replace aging playground equipment at Bob McFarland Park, near Williams Elementary School. Through an inter-local agreement between the City and Arlington ISD, the playground serves as the playground for both the park and the elementary school. This project includes the demolition of the existing playground equipment, and replacement with new equipment and safety surfacing. The new equipment will be comprised of a combination of multi-deck structures, freestanding elements, and multiple swings to accommodate the heavy usage it receives daily. The selected equipment will be heavy duty to withstand the extreme usage, comprised of oversized supports, heavy gauge plastics, and steel construction wherever possible. The replacement will bring all equipment into compliance with today’s standards
$100,000

City of Arlington Parks Department
The Build-A-Dream programs are designed to expose Arlington children and families to a variety of programming offered by the City’s Parks & Recreation Department. In order to ensure every child – regardless of their ability to pay — is afforded this opportunity, the department applies for grants to offset costs associated with the program.
$30,000

Strengthening Youth & Families

Arlington Life Shelter
After Care Services: Grant provides funding for the organization’s direction and support for shelter residents as they transition from the shelter’s structured program back into the community. The elective program is designed to assist clients in identifying and accessing services and resources that they require to maintain long-term living stability. Arlington Life Shelter will serve as an advocate for the clients as they secure housing and join their new communities. Once the client is settled, staff will serve as a “broker of services” for the client, assisting them in accessing the community services and resources needed for their stability. In addition to the local social service community, churches have agreed to play a vital role in helping the clients establish themselves in the community and develop a support system.
$10,000

The Warm Place
Grief Support Program: Grant will underwrite grief support services for as many as 10 Arlington families and children. Services to the family include the initial phone support, the intake and assessment process, ongoing support groups, and follow-up throughout the year. The Grief Support Program is carefully conducted out in a “home” setting as a way to create a warm and caring environment that promotes open and relaxed conversation among families and children. With the help of volunteers, a potluck dinner is served before each group session giving children and adults the opportunity to get to know others who share a similar loss.
$15,000

Leadership Arlington
Youth Leadership: The program is designed to prepare Arlington’s high students from diverse backgrounds to serve as leaders among their peers, while building their skills, commitment and desire to serve our community now and in the future. Grant will help underwrite expense with the program.
$4,000

Cancer Care Services (CCS)
Cancer Care Services: Gift underwrites expenses to provide help and hope to cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers through direct financial, emotional, spiritual and social programs, services and activities. Navigation Connection provides individualized assistance for patients, families and caregivers to help overcome the healthcare barriers they face and facilitates timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care. CCS works with a patient from post-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer continuum. The design of the patient navigation system is engineered to be directed by, and to meet the unique needs of, the patient and their family in the context of their community and the healthcare environment. It‘s goal to serve an average of 160 clients per quarter in Arlington.
$20,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington
Project Learn: With a gift from Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, transportation will be expanded at the current 16 Title 1 schools with the potential to add pick-up at other Title 1 schools not currently served. Highlights of the program include, homework help, preparing for class, small-group tutoring and other proactive learning skills. $20,000

Down Syndrome Partnership
iCan Shine Bicycle Training Camp 2014: Underwrite expenses related to utilizing a nationally-recognized specialized curriculum to teach 35 individuals with physical and mental disabilities, ages 8 and over, skills necessary for riding bicycles.
$7,336