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Congregational Grant FAQ

The application cycle for our 2021 congregational grant program is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted  applications. Please check back in 2022 for the next grant cycle.

Thank you for considering applying for an Episcopal Impact Fund congregational grant. Congregational grants support Diocal churches' and ministries' outreach efforts to people living in poverty.

Here are answers to questions you may have about the congregational grant program:

Q: How do I apply?
A: The 2021 congregational application cycle is now closed. Thank you to all who applied.

Q: How much are the grants and what is the term?
A: $1,000 - $8,000 for one year

Q: What kind of programs are eligible for funding?
A: To be eligible for a grant, the answer to both these questions must be YES:

  1. Does the program meet one or more of these criteria?

    • A Diocal congregation or ministry is responsible for the delivery of services and the management of the program and the grant funds for which it applies.

    • Members of a Diocal congregation or ministry are involved in the program’s activities as a significant number of volunteers, and/or a majority of the board or advisory committee.

    • The Diocal congregation or ministry provides material financial and/or substantial in-kind support to the program.

  2. Does this program offer its services to anyone experiencing poverty without regard to church membership, faith or participation in church activities?

Q: What kind of congregational/ministry programs has Episcopal Impact Fund funded in the past?

A: We have funded food pantries, meals for people experiencing homelessness, and free laundry services. We are open to new ideas as well! 

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


Q: What is your process and when are grants funded?
A: Following review of your application by Episcopal Impact Fund staff and program committee, finalists will be notified, and site visits scheduled (either in-person or virtually). The final decision on grants will be made by the Episcopal Impact Fund board at its September meeting. Grant checks will be available in October.