In addition to providing investment services, the Episcopal Foundation of Dallas offers direct financial support to the Diocesan community through an annual grant program. Grants are funded from the Foundation’s unrestricted fund, the Episcopal Fund. Since its establishment in 1988, the Episcopal Fund has grown from $1.5 to over $5 million and distributed over $3 million in grants benefiting parishes, schools, and other non-for-profit agencies throughout the Dallas Diocese.
Any Episcopal church, school, agency or other not-for-profit organization located within the Diocese of Dallas, that fulfills the mission of the Diocese, may apply for a grant from the Foundation. The Foundation funds a wide variety of grant requests including: program operating expenses, building campaigns, capital improvements, and equipment needs.
We particularly encourage transformational programs. We are focusing on mission-related projects, outreach and other creative programs that truly engage the Episcopal community while simultaneously expanding the Kingdom of God.
Grants are awarded once a year. Applications are accepted beginning in January. Everything you need to apply is available on this website, including an online application. The application deadline is April 15. If April 15 falls on a weekend, the deadline is the next business day.
If you are considering applying for a Foundation grant, please carefully review the following items for guidance:
- Grant Policy outlines the eligibility requirements and application process including the deadline for applying.
- FAQ answers common questions and offers tips for preparing a successful application.
- Recent Awards provides information on grants awarded, offering insights into the types of projects the Foundation has supported.
In addition to reviewing these items for guidance, you are also welcome to contact the Foundation to discuss the feasibility and appropriateness of requests and for assistance in completing the application.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE AN ONLINE APPLICATION THAT IS ENTIRELY PAPERLESS!
Part I of the online form gathers basic information about your organization and grant request. Be prepared to provide the following information to complete Part I : contact information; organization tax id#; the year the organization was established; number of paid staff; current fiscal year total budgeted revenue and expense for the organization; prior fiscal year total actual revenue and expense for the organization; current year projected and prior year actual average sunday attendance or numbers served, dollar amount of grants received from the Foundation in the past 3 years; a project name, total project budget, estimated start date and brief description for the grant request.
In Part II, you will be asked to upload supporting documents directly from your computer. We request the following documents:
- A narrative summary of your grant request (3 pages max) including a brief history and description of your organization; a description of the need or problem addressed by your grant request, the persons that will be served, plans for funding, and timing for the project. The Foundation strongly prefers projects that will be completed within one year of funding.
- A current year operating budget. (annual condensed budget 1- 3 pages max preferred)
- Financial statements for the most recent fiscal year.
- Detailed budget for the project or expenditure that you are requesting a grant for. Include supporting bids or price quotes if applicable.
- IRS Determination Letter. If you are a parish or school claiming exemption under the group exemption for the Episcopal Church, you should be able to provide a letter to document inclusion in the group exemption.
- Grant Report (if applicable).
After performing a preliminary review of the application materials submitted, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the application. If additional information or a site visit is required, you will be contacted by email. If you do not receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within a reasonable time,please contact the foundation to be sure your application was received.
After the application has been reviewed, it is forwarded to the Grants Committee for consideration. The Grants Committee reviews grant applications, balancing needs across the Diocese against available funds in making grant recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, which makes the final decision on awards.