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Community Grant Application FAQ

Thank you for considering applying for an Episcopal Impact Fund grant. We are excited to provide this granting program that focuses on serving children, youth, their families, and caregivers who are living in poverty. This program results from our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, a summary of which can be found here

 

Grant Criteria

We fund organizations that serve children, youth, their families, or caregivers and aimed at disrupting poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our grant-making will be informed by Theory of Change and our Ecosystem for Change. In 2021, our Community Grants will be limited to organizations that provide temporary or permanent supportive housing for families, youth, or young adults.

Here are answers to questions you may have about this program:

 

Q: What is the maximum grant amount and term?
A: $30,000 for two years

 

Q: What is the process and timeline for your 2021 Community Grants?
A: (See below)

 

  • January 4: Applications available online

  • January 28: Applications due by 6:00pm

  • February 1-15: Applications are reviewed by Episcopal Impact Fund staff and board members; finalists determined, and applicants notified of status.

  • February 22 – March 12: Zoom calls with finalists and Episcopal Impact Fund staff and board members.

  • March 29: Episcopal Impact Fund board makes granting decisions

  • March 30 – April 2:  All finalists are notified of grant decisions.

  • by April 30th: Grant checks mailed

Q: Why has Episcopal Impact Fund decided to restrict its grants to supportive housing in 2021?
A: We believe that the economic devastation caused by the global pandemic will persist throughout 2021 and continue to disproportionately affect BIPOC communities and people living in poverty. We expect that as a result the housing crisis in the Bay Area will only deepen and that our most impactful response to this crisis is to focus our grants on organizations providing supportive housing.

Q: Are there specific size organizations that Episcopal Impact Fund tends to fund?
A: In the last two years, very few of Episcopal Impact Fund’s grants have gone to organizations that have budgets smaller than $300,000 or larger than $3,000,000. However, organizations of all sizes may apply.
 
Q: Do successful applicants have a connection to an Episcopal church or institution?
A: No, but if you have one, please mention it. We have a separate grants program for congregation-based programs that will be available in May 2021.

Q: Is there a geographical requirement for your grants?
A: Yes, we fund only programs that serve people living in poverty in in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo Counties, or the City of Palo Alto.​

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