Have you ever had trouble constructing a budget? Or upping your grant-seeking game? Or communicating in the primary language of the clients you serve? Or helping a student navigate a tricky behavioral issue? Have you ever wished you had the money to get the training you need to deal with these situations?
Episcopal Charities is here and happy to help. Our Professional Development grant fund is available to parish-affiliated outreach programs that are current grantees. This money can be used to pay for professional development training – including travel expenses – for one or more staff or volunteers.
Episcopal Charities started providing Professional Development grants with the aim of enhancing pre-existing programs and increase the retention of staff and volunteers. Grants can range up to $2,000 and will cover up to 75% of the cost for trainings, conferences, classes, and certifications.
Previous Professional Development grants have been given for attending such diverse programming as the Food Bank of New York City’s annual conference, the Tri-State Camp Conference hosted by the American Camp Association, and a pedagogy workshop offered by the Brooklyn Free School.
“I feel that as a result of the training our food pantry can enable [our] volunteers and employees to be better at responding to the needs of the people they serve,” said Alice Blount-Fenney, Program Director of St. Peter’s Food Pantry in Chelsea about the conference two of her volunteers attended through a Professional Development grant.
Abby Nathanson, the program director for EPIC at Grace Church, Millbrook wrote of the training she attended that she, “was very impressed…and took away several specific techniques to integrate into EPIC. I also felt re-energized by spending time around educators who operate with a similar purpose.”
The best part? It’s extremely easy to apply. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and applicants merely have to submit a one-page letter describing and providing a web link to the training, the names and roles of who will be attending, and an income and expense budget showing at least 25% of funding coming from sources other than Episcopal Charities. Applications should be received at least 30 days in advance of the training.