While our annual Basic Human Needs and Youth Opportunity Grants serve to fund programs’ operation year after year, sometimes programs require funding outside of the realm of normal expenses. Our Program Investment Grants are one-time grants which help to kickstart new outreach ministries, or to fund capacity-building projects at existing ones. We have funded renovations, new equipment, and new staff positions–all with the goal of increasing our programs’ reach, effectiveness, and sustainability. Read about programs that have received Program Investment Grants below, or learn how to apply here.
The Community Food Pantry
St. Mary’s Church, Mohegan Lake
1836 East Main St., Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
Director: Terry Berardi
Clergy in Charge: Claire Woodley
The Community Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Mohegan Lake provides an average of 124 families a week with nutritious food. In 2016, the Pantry received a Program Investment grant for a renovation project to install a walk-in freezer and expand the food distribution area, allowing the Pantry to accept more food donations and to provide a wider variety of services to its guests.
Community Leadership Academy of Yonkers
San Andres Church
22 Post Street, Yonkers NY 10705
Program Director: Christian Lutz
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Alejandra Trillos
The Community Leadership Academy of Yonkers (CLAY) seeks to meet the social-emotional and academic needs of the teenaged residents of the largely immigrant neighborhood of Southwest Yonkers. Through weekly sessions and community engagement activities throughout the week, CLAY aims to equip its team of young leaders with the skills they’ll need later in life.
Helping Hands Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless
St. Mary’s in Tuxedo
Phone: 845 351 5122
Program Director: Ya’el Williams
Clergy in Charge: Father Richard Robyn
For the last 14 years, Helping Hands of Rockland County has worked to provide homeless individuals with an alternative to life on the streets. A grant from Episcopal Charities helped them to create their new Hope Center, where improved and upgraded facilities will provide stability for both employees and volunteers, allowing them to offer more to homeless guests with improved efficiency due to the centralization of the different aspects of the program.
Hospitality for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
St. Philip’s Harlem
Program Director: Chloe Breyer
Clergy in Charge: Lisa Forte-Mason
One of the most significant challenges faced by New Yorkers returning home from prison is finding and maintaining consistent employment. A multi-year partnership between the Harlem Community Justice Center, The Interfaith Center of New York, and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, the Hospitality program offers re-entry services to the recently incarcerated as they reintegrate into society. A grant from Episcopal Charities helped the program expand job training, preparation and access to technology.
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
Christ’s Church of Rye
2 Rectory Street, Rye, NY 10580
Director: Sean Pica
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Bob Flanagan
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, an outreach partner of Christ’s Church of Rye, is an organization working to help incarcerated people pursue undergraduate degrees while in prison. In 2017, Hudson Link received a Program Investment grant to fund the creation of a computer lab at Shawangunk Correctional Facility. This resource will help students in pursuit of their degrees, as well as reducing the computer literacy gap often experienced by incarcerated people.
Jones Educational Support Center
Christ Church Riverdale
Program Director: Marcia Blaize Callender
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Andrew G. Butler III
Episcopal Charities provided a startup grant for this new ministry, an after-school program targeting recently arrived immigrant youth and English language learners. The Jones Educational Support Center will offer academic and wellness support to immigrant and other economically challenged Bronx students, narrowing the educational opportunity gap with privileged peers. Through direct volunteer-based literacy instruction and in partnership with Prep for Prep, the Jones Center will contribute to the educational achievement of its students.
The New York Common Pantry
The Church of the Heavenly Rest
2 East 90th Street, New York, NY 10028
Director: Stephen Grimaldi
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Matt Heyd
Since 1980, the New York Common Pantry has been helping provide nutritious food to New Yorkers in need. In 2017, they received a Program Investment grant from Episcopal Charities to help fund the creation of a new choice pantry in the South Bronx. This project, undertaken in partnership with the Church of the Heavenly Rest and the Banana Kelly Neighborhood Improvement Association, will allow NYCP to expand its reach into one of the most high-need areas of the city.
Ossining Emergency Shelter
St. Paul’s-on-the-Hill, Ossining / Trinity Church, Ossining
40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, NY 10562
Clergy-in-Charge: The Rev. Cooper Conway
In 2016, Trinity Church Ossining and the Church of St. Paul’s-on-the-Hill received a Program Investment grant to help launch a new outreach ministry: an overnight shelter hosted by a rotating group of religious organizations, to provide the homeless population of Ossining with warm beds during the winter months. Our grant helped to provide a van to transport guests, as well as to fund a staff position for a bilingual shelter manager.
Robert Daniel Jones Memorial Refugee Shelter
St. Mary’s Church, Harlem
521 W 126th St, New York NY 11218
Program Director: Edafe Okporo
Clergy in Charge: Rev. Mary Foulke
The RDJ Refugee Shelter serves a community of refugees and asylum seekers, providing case management, resources, and a safe place to sleep. A grant from Episcopal Charities allowed the RDJ Refugee Shelter to purchase computers and software to establish safe, secure data and communication systems in order to increase their capacity to serve vulnerable refugee and asylum seeking clients.
The Rondout Valley Food Pantry
Christ the King Episcopal Church, Stone Ridge
20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Director: Sue Bruck
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Alison Quin
In 2018, the Rondout Valley Food Pantry received a grant to undertake a kitchen renovation project. This project, which will create more space for cooking and food storage, will allow the pantry to partner with local growers and expand the church’s feeding ministry.
St. Ann’s After School and Freedom School
St. Ann’s Church, Bronx
1905 Morris Ave, Bronx, NY 10466
Program Director: Wendy Canas
Clergy-in-Charge: The Rev. Martha Overall
St. Ann’s Church provides a variety of vital youth programming to students in the poorest congressional district in the country. In 2016, they received a Program Investment Grant for the renovation of their computer lab. This renovation project will allow St. Ann’s to provide students with high-quality technology classes and computer literacy skills to help improve their educational outcomes.
St. Edmund’s Youth Programs
St. Edmund’s Church, Bronx
940 East 156th Street, Bronx, NY 10455
Program Director: Elaine Bedminster
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Benjamin Nnaji
St. Edmund’s provides summer and after school programming to children and families in the Bronx. In 2016, they received a Program Investment grant for the purchase of computers and the hiring of a bilingual tutor in order to better meet their students’ educational needs.
St. George’s Food Pantry
St. George’s Church, Newburgh
105 Grant St., Newburgh NY, 12550
Program Director: Alan Nucifore
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Dustin Trowbridge
Summer Camp at Christ Church
Christ Church, Poughkeepsie
20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie NY, 12601
Director: Jane Barber Smith
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Susan Fortunato
In 2016, Christ Church Poughkeepsie received a three-year Program Investment grant to help create a year-round staff position for a Summer Camp Executive Director. This staff position will provide stability and sustainability for this vital program, which provides much-needed summer programming to children and families in Poughkeepsie.
In 2016, the St. George’s Food Pantry received a Program Investment Grant for the purchase of a new commercial freezer. This quadrupled the Pantry’s storage space, which allowed them to become less dependent on canned foods and to offer more fresh and frozen vegetables.
Ulster Immigrant Defense Network
Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Kingston
30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845 332 8610
Program Director: Nic Abramson
Clergy in Charge: Father Frank Alagna
In response to the public threats and aggressive actions being directed against immigrants and refugees by the current administration, the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network provides direct financial assistance and support services to immigrants threatened with detention and deportation. Support takes the form of: a 24/7 bilingual helpline; bilingual informational website; know your rights training for the immigrant community; a rapid response team to bear witness and lend community support during immigration enforcement efforts; legal supports; safe spaces; community education and advocacy; anti-immigrant bullying programs in schools; and transportation and accompaniment services to court and ICE appointments.
Washington Heights Choir School
Holyrood Episcopal Church
715 W 179 Street, New York, NY 10033
Phone: 917 697 7056
Director: Amaranta Viera
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Dr. Luis Barrios
The Washington Heights Choir School, a ministry of Holyrood Episcopal Church, provides music education, homework help, and a safe, enriching community for neighborhood students and families. In 2018, they received a Program Investment grant from Episcopal Charities to create a staff position for an experienced Program Director to increase program sustainability.
Young at Arts
Christ Church Bronxville
17 Sagamore Rd Bronxville, NY 10708
Program Director: Sharyn Pirtle
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Michael A. Bird
The Young at Arts program runs daily after school with programs in instrumental and vocal music, dance and drama. Students receive private instruction, along with group instruction and participate in multiple performances and master classes through out the year. With the help of a grant from Episcopal Charities, Young at Arts was able to expand the program in order to serve youth from a local Boys’ and Girls’ Club.