Community News



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 March 7, 2023: Overview


 March 14, 2023: Legal Aspects


 March 21, 2023: Financial Planning


 March 28, 2023: Bereavement

Grant Writing Training

Is your church or non-profit organization in need of a grant?  Would you like to receive your financial breakthrough in 2023 with grant funds? If so, then consider taking some training or hosting a workshop as a fundraising opportunity.

* Deadline is ongoing


Whirlpool Foundation* - Provides products and support for homes and houses for individuals and families in sustainable communities through education and neighborhood development.


Costco Foundation* - Provides funds and products to programs supporting children, education, and health and human services in the communities where we do business. 

Microsoft - The Nonprofit Tech Acceleration (NTA) program is committed to increasing technology for US-based non-profits that support Black and African American communities.

AMC Foundation* - Giving Back to the Communities We Call Home. 


 OPPORTUNITIES (Deadline: March 31, 2023)


Garland Independent School District (GISD)

Town Hall Meetings

Our tri-cities community is invited to join us at one of our town hall meetings, where the Garland ISD Bond 2023 and its three propositions will be covered. The meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. at the following locations:


Monday, March 6 at RHS

Tuesday, March 7 at SGHS

Thursday, March 9 at NGHS

Monday, March 20 at LCHS

Monday, March 27 at NFHS

Wednesday, March 29 at SHS

Wednesday, April 12 at GHS

Monday, May 1 at MPA

Visit the district website at for more information or click here

Community Partner Newsletter

This Smore newsletter was created to share upcoming partner opportunities and much more.  To access the newsletter and review the “Current Projects” section to learn how you can help,  please click HERE 

City of Garland
Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant

Applications Due March 23


The Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant program (NVMG) enables registered neighborhood groups, both voluntary and mandatory, to apply for matching funds for physical enhancement projects in publicly accessible spaces. These projects encourage neighbors to work together to create projects unique to their neighborhood while boosting a sense of pride and ownership.


Applications should be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Vitality by March 23.

Applications and guidelines can be downloaded at

Questions? Contact us at 972-205-2445 OR

City of Garland
Home Improvement Incentive Rebate Program

Application window closes once funding has been exhausted.


Garland City Council has authorized additional funding for the Home Improvement Incentive Program. Through this program, the City of Garland is offering a 50% cash rebate (up to $10,000) on approved exterior remodeling of single family detached homes. All applications must be approved PRIOR to any work being started and the minimum investment to be considered for this program is $1,000. 


The application window will close once funding has been exhausted.

*Please note, projects may not begin until the incentive application is approved*


Eligible exterior repairs include, but are not limited to




Exterior Painting

And More see program policy for all eligible repairs

 Property eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to:

Single-family house within Garland city limits

Total appraised value of the property cannot exceed $250,000 see program policy for specific details

The dwelling must be at least 30 years old

No work prior to application approval will be considered

And More see program policy for eligibility requirements

Marva Staples

Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” Mavis Staples is the kind of once-in-a generation artist whose impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate. She’s both a Blues and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; a civil rights icon; a GRAMMY Award-winner; a chart-topping soul/gospel/R&B pioneer; a National Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient; and a Kennedy Center honoree. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., performed at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, and sang in Barack Obama’s White House. She’s blown away countless festivalgoers from Newport Folk and Glastonbury to Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, performed with The Band at The Last Waltz, and graced the airwaves on Fallon, Colbert, Ellen, Austin City Limits, Jools Holland, the GRAMMYs, and more.


She’ll take the stage in Garland this March at the Brownlee Auditorium. Get your tickets today!


Date: Friday, March 24, 2023

Time:  Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Granville Arts Center

Address:  300 N. Fifth St. ~ Garland

Cost: $35 - $55


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 Mavis Staples

Girls that  S. P. A. R. K.  Program

This program kicked off in September 2022 and they are currently taking applications.  A few notes on the program:

For African American girls aged 13-17 

Based on 5 key principles: Self, Purpose, Action, Responsibility, Knowledge 

Includes one group community service project

Include at least one exposure event such as plays, museum trips, etc. 

Includes special access to virtual events, sessions and mentoring check-ins