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Program Investment Grants

Episcopal Charities invites parish-affiliated outreach programs to apply for Program Investment Grants of $10,000 – $30,000 annually, for a one to three-year period, for capacity building projects or new ministries.


Eligibility

Program Investment Grants are available to all community outreach programs affiliated with one or more parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Investment Grants are governed by Episcopal Charities’ General Eligibility Requirements and Grant Guidelines.

Any eligible program is invited to submit a Letter of Interest. Application is by invitation only.


Grant Amounts

Grant amounts will range from $10,000 to $30,000 annually, over a one to three-year period. Episcopal Charities will fund no more than 70%, and generally less than 40%, of the project budget.


Types of Projects Funded

Program Investment Grants support the following types of projects:

  • Capacity Building: Investments that allow an existing program to improve or expand services, such as space upgrades, equipment purchases, or funding for a new staff positions.
  • New Ministries: Seed money for new programs, with a special preference for collaborative projects. Collaborations may include: two or more Episcopal parishes; an Episcopal parish(es) and one or more community agencies; an Episcopal parish and one or more faith-based organizations. All collaborative projects should meet Episcopal Charities’ criteria for congregational connection (see General Eligibility Requirements and Grant Guidelines).

Application Process

Potential applicants should submit a brief Letter of Inquiry to the Director of Programs including the name of the sponsoring parish(es), contact information for key personnel related to the grant, a description of the program or project, and the amount of money being requested.

Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed by Episcopal Charities’ staff and members of the Advisory Committee. If the letter is favorably reviewed, applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications received by February 1 will be reviewed at the April Board of Directors meeting; April 1 at the June meeting; July 1 at the September meeting; September 1 at the November meeting. Early submission is encouraged.


Frequently Asked Questions

Our program is not currently funded by Episcopal Charities. Are we eligible to apply?
Yes. Program Investment Grants are available to all community outreach programs affiliated with one or more parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Applicants that are not current grantees will be vetted in accordance with the established grant guidelines and review process.

Will applying for a Program Investment Grant impact our Basic Human Needs or Youth Opportunity funding?
No. A program Investment Grant neither guarantees nor precludes a grant through Episcopal Charities’ other grant programs.

How will our Letter of Inquiry and application be reviewed?
Each Letter of Inquiry and application will be reviewed by Episcopal Charities’ staff and Advisory Committee members. Review may include a site visit. A recommendation will be made to the Board of Directors, which makes all funding decisions.