Gathered by Grace's Life Happens Fund Application
Gathered by Grace established the Life Happens Fund to, when possible, assist members of the River Region in times of personal financial emergency. We realize we all may find ourselves in a situation in life where we need the support of the community; Gathered by Grace wants to be able to provide that support. Galatians 6:2 says, "Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
To be considered for support, complete the application below. If help is needed completing the form, please call 334-544-0472. Documents supporting your application (i.e., bills, invoices) are required for your application to be complete and should be sent to
The appropriate way to support approved applications will be determined by Gathered by Grace and may include but is not limited to: paying a third-party for a bill or request on behalf of the applicant, providing gift cards and bus passes, purchasing gifts for Christmas or birthdays. We do not make direct cash payments to applicants.
One form of support available through the Life Happens Fund is one session with a financial counselor at no cost to the approved applicant. Designed to aid in ongoing financial health, approved applicants will meet with a financial counselor and will bring their income and expense information to meet with the counselor, who can help with developing a budget and offer recommendations to help improve the current financial situation.
Any assistance given is a gift and does not have to be paid back. The funding for this effort is provided through donations and grants and the ability to meet a request is limited to the availability of resources for this fund. Completed applications that meet guidelines will be considered for approval if sufficient funds are available at the time of the request.
Applications from a household are limited to no more than once every six months. Households will be determined by validating the address on the application and on the accompanying bills. Additionally, if a household has previously received funding, in order to be considered for funding again, it will be necessary for the applicant to participate in either an individual financial counseling session or Gathered by Grace's financial workshop. Whether receiving financial counseling or participating in the workshop, the cost of the financial counseling is covered by Gathered by Grace. The counseling session must be completed before a repeat application will be funded.
By submitting this application, you are certifying all information provided is correct and complete and no application has been submitted for your household in the last six months. If no application has been submitted for your household within the last six months, you are welcome to submit one now by completing the form below.
What type of assistance are you requesting?
Assistance paying bill or other expense
Assistance with groceries
Assistance with public transportation
Assistance with school expense
Assistance with Christmas or birthday gifts
One session with a financial counselor
Please describe the type of assistance requested, including the actual or estimated amount and the name of the person(s) or organization(s) who will receive the payment/item. If Christmas or birthday gifts are requested, please include specific items requested, including ages and clothing sizes.
Please explain why you are applying for assistance and the steps you have taken to resolve this situation.
Best telephone to reach you:
In order for your application to be complete, you will need to email copies of any bills for which you are requesting payment to:
. Have you emailed your bills yet to complete your application?
N/A. My request does not include payment of bills
Has your household received funding from the Life Happens Fund previously?
No, this is the first application for my household
Yes and I understand that, if my application is approved, I will need to participate in a financial counseling session or workshop before this application will be funded
Is there any additional information you would like to share?
How did you hear about the Life Happens Fund?
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