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Applications for available Grants of the Episcopal Charities of New York 

Basic Human Needs grants support parish-based human services programs that address the specific needs of diverse communities throughout the diocese, including:
  •  Community Kitchens and Food Pantries
  •  Health and Wellbeing: eldercare, teen mentoring,  addiction and recovery issues, and programs for people living with HIV and AIDS
  • Skills-Building programs: adult literacy training, English as a second language classes, job skills training, and  support and re-entry assistance for the formerly incarcerated and their families

Read about currently funded programs

Apply for a Basic Human Needs Grant

Youth Opportunity grants are awarded to parish-based outreach programs addressing the needs of children and youth in communities throughout the diocese, including:

  • Children’s Arts: music ensembles and choirs, theatre troupes, and arts-appreciation classes
  • Children's Academic Enrichment
  • Summer Recreation


Read about currently funded programs

Apply for a Youth Opportunities Grant


                

More Information     
The program office is available to answer your questions about applying for a Basic Human Needs or Youth Opportunity Grant. Contact them via email at ECPrograms@dioceseny.org, or phone at 212-316-7426.

See Also

General Eligibility Requirements

Grant Allocation Limitations

Program Responsibilities During the Grant Cycle



General Eligibility Requirements
Episcopal Charities' Board of Directors has established grant eligibility guidelines that aim to strengthen parish-affiliated human service programs. Any program submitting an application for support must be able to demonstrate:


Congregational Connection
Programs must be sponsored by and in partnership with one or more Episcopal congregations within the Diocese of New York as evidenced by these characteristics:

At least one of these three:
  1. The congregation is ultimately responsible for the effective delivery of services and the management of the program and the grant funds for which it applies;
  2. Members of the congregation are involved in the program's activities, as a significant number of volunteers, and/or a majority of the board, or a majority of the advisory committee members;
  3. The congregation provides material financial and/or substantial in-kind support to the program.
At least one of these two:
  1. The program is described as an integral part of the congregation's mission;
  2. The program is clearly identified as a ministry of the congregation.

 

Community Outreach
The program must represent an effort by a local congregation or group of congregations to respond to an identified need affecting members of the community in which the congregation is located.
Clients' Eligibility for the Service
Any person needing the service offered is eligible to receive the service. Eligibility for services cannot be determined by church membership, faith, or participation in church activities.
Non-Religious Program Content
Programs must be non-sectarian and inclusive, and services provided cannot include religious content.
Quality and Impact of Program

Episcopal Charities will consider the following issues as it evaluates grant applications:

  • How are clients changed in ways that lead to more productive and satisfying lives?
  • Are there alternative programs in the community?
  • Is the program sustainable?
  • How many clients are served?
  • How many services are offered?
  • What is the quality of services delivered?
  • Is there evidence of efforts to collaborate with and/or leverage other outreach efforts in the community?


The average grant in our Basic Human Needs cycle for 2013 was $8,173 with a range of $2,100 to $19,800. The average grant in our Youth Opportunity cycle for 2013-2014 was $7,340 with a range of $600 to $15,200. Grant requests should fall roughly within these parameters.

Episcopal Charities seeks to make a substantial impact on all of the parish-affiliated programs that it supports. To achieve this goal, we will only target funding programs where our financial support would be a minimum of 10% and a maximum of 70% of the program’s operating expenses.  Funding levels of 5% or less will generally be denied.

It is important for a program to seek and secure numerous sources of funding in order to assure successful sustainability. Any program that receives our maximum 70% funding, should they apply again in a subsequent year, would automatically have its maximum possible funding reduced over the following 3 years to 60%, 50%, and then 40% thereafter.


Programs' Responsibilities during Grant Cycle
Funded programs must use grant funds for the purposes described in the proposal; grant funds cannot be diverted to other uses.

Programs must immediately contact Episcopal Charities should their funded program be suspended or terminated, or face circumstances that would alter the use of the grant award. Programs must not cash/deposit Episcopal Charities monthly checks should the above occur unless approved by Episcopal Charities.

Funded programs are responsible for timely submission of evaluation materials, which may include full financial accounting for the program's income and expenses.

Funded programs may also be asked to provide a program-specific accounting of the use of funds granted. In a program where funds are co-mingled with parish funds, separate financial reports must be regularly prepared.

Representatives of all funded programs are required to attend the applicable Sustainability Institute workshops offered during the grant year (unless excused by emergency).

Based on an assessment of program effectiveness, some programs may be asked to participate in workshops or other programs that focus on areas needing improvement as a requirement of future funding.

 

                   
 
   
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