Trinity Church has issued an “open call” for a new grant program to support nonprofit groups based in Lower Manhattan, with awards of between $15,000 and $250,000 for three to five organizations. “We seek to co-develop—alongside each neighborhood in Lower Manhattan—the necessary supports that help strengthen our communities and yield overall child, family, and community well-being,” Trinity says in its announcement of the program, which is focused on organizations “both located in and serving communities and individuals who live below 14th Street in Manhattan.”
“Our vision is an emotionally-well community, with a strategic focus on the emotional well-being of children, from prenatal development through age 21,” the announcement continues. “Our funding strategy was developed to lift up models of care that embrace whole families, delivered by organizations that know and work in the community and who center the community in finding solutions.”
The application process begins with submitting a “Letter of Inquiry,” via an online form that introduces the organization to Trinity by answering eight questions. This must be completed by July 12. Trinity will then reply to a select group of finalists by July 31, inviting them to submit detailed proposals no later than September 15. During August, September, and October, Trinity staff will also conduct site visits with organizations that are in contention. Decisions will be announced in December, and checks issued soon after a grant agreement is signed.
Trinity expects to repeat the same process in 2024, and incumbent grant winners who wish to reapply will be considered for renewal. Requests for multi-year grants are also eligible for consideration.