Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do you fund individuals? 

A. The grants program only grants to organizations that are not-for-profit. We do not fund the projects of individuals.

Q. Do you provide scholarship money for individuals?

A.  No. The grants program is not staffed or organized to receive, review, or consider applications for scholarships from individuals or from organizations that will provide scholarships to students.

Q. When do I have to submit a grant proposal and how soon will I be informed of its status? 

A. The Grants Board meets to review proposals in February, May, September, and November. In order to be considered, a proposal must be in its final form eight weeks before the meeting.  Therefore, deadlines are:

February 1 for consideration of grants in the May meeting, awarded in June

May 1 for consideration of grants in the September meeting, awarded in October

August 1 for consideration of grants in the November meeting, awarded in December

October 1 for consideration of grants in the February meeting, awarded in March

Q. We received a grant from Trinity in the past. Can we renew our funding? 

A. Some grants are renewable; however, Trinity tries to determine the funding timetable at the beginning of a granting relationship rather than make ad hoc decisions on funding year by year. The Trinity Grants Program’s goal is to help our partners develop sustainable projects; your program officer will discuss your anticipated timeline to sustainability. 

Q. Does a potential grantee have to be affiliated with the Anglican/Episcopal Church?

A. Organizations applying to the international grant program must have a connection with a Diocese or Province of the Episcopal/Anglican or United Church that is affiliated with the Anglican Communion. Organizations applying to the domestic grant program are not required to have an existing affiliation, if awarded Trinity Wall Street serves this role.

Q. Is there an application form? 

A.  No. Please refer to the Application Guidelines and the Funding Objectives and Limitations section on this website for guidance in preparing your proposal.

Q. What is the maximum funding amount? 

A. The amount requested should correspond to a realistic assessment of the cost of the program intended. We encourage applicants to ask for enough to complete the project successfully, without exaggerating its funding needs. We intend that every project be self-supporting by the end of the grant period.

Q. What projects will Trinity fund? 

A. Please refer to the Funding Objectives and Limitations section on this website. 

Q. What is the funding time-frame? 

A.  The Trinity Grants Program’s goal is to help our partners develop sustainable projects; your program officer will discuss your anticipated timeline to sustainability.

Q. Does our project have to been in a certain part of the country/world? 

A.  There are limitations on the type of grants that will be considered at different locations in the world. Please read the guidelines carefully to determine if it is appropriate to submit a request for a specific location. 

Q. What happens after I submit a grant proposal? 

A. You will receive an acknowledgement letter or email. If the proposal appears to fit one of our funding objectives, the proposal is given to the appropriate program officer for review. The program officer makes a determination, based on the specific program guidelines, whether to move forward with the application.  Because of our funding limitations, we must decline some proposals for worthy projects that fit within our guidelines. It is not unusual for us to ask an applicant to revise a promising proposal or its accompanying budget. 

Q. Do I have to submit my proposal via regular mail, or can I e-mail it? 

A. Proposals are accepted via email or regular mail.  If you do not get a response from us, please check to be sure that the proposal has been received.

Q. I’m not quite sure my project is ready for review. Can I get some help? 

A. Yes.  Please send a short project description via e-mail or regular mail, and the appropriate program officer will be glad to discuss your project. Preliminary discussions do not guarantee favorable consideration. However, these conversations often clarify how a project might connect with the Trinity Grants Program’s objectives.

Q. I’m not quite sure I know how to write the proposal. Can you send me other proposals that you have received so I can use them as examples? 

A.  No. Confidentiality prevents us from sharing other proposals. However, program officers will offer guidance when asked.  Also, there are standard proposals on the web that can help you to determine the type of information that might be useful to include in your proposal