If you have an idea for a project that is beyond the scope of St. John’s annual budget, consider applying for a grant from St. John’s endowment, the Norwood Parish Fund.
Grants are available for four types of projects: capital needs of St. John’s; outreach ministries; seed money for new ministries and special, one-time projects; and other purposes that are specifically designated by donors whose gifts are included in the Fund. Also a plus – projects that extend the ministry of the parish, that are aligned with its mission and vision, and that involve a number of parishioners, rather than a few.
- When to apply – Grant requests are considered every spring and fall. Deadlines for applications are announced in April and October issues of the Crossroads newsletter, in events and news posts, and in Sunday worship bulletins.
- 2015 open season for grant requests: April 5-30 and October 1-25.
- Get an application – Online here or in the Church Office.
- Submit your application – Email your application to NPF Board Chair Jay Everhart (J54AY@ICLOUD.COM).
- Who makes the decisions? The NPF’s board of St. John’s members reviews the requests and then recommends grants to the Vestry for final approval.
- Questions? Read FAQs below. For other questions, contact Jay Everhart at J54AY@ICLOUD.COM.
What kinds of projects have been funded?
NPF funded refurbishment of the kneelers in the chapel and tuning of the beautiful suite of hand bells, our beautiful new labyrinth, bibles for the 3rd grade church school class, portable bell tables for the Norwood Ringers, security equipment for the Opportunity Shop, and scholarships to attend the Diocesan women’s retreat. Over time, NPF has supported major initiatives in the life of the parish, including the search that brought us our current Rector, the Come As You Are 5:00pm service, the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) program, the Prayer Shawl ministry, and major outreach and property projects.
Is the NPF money separate from the operating budget?
Yes, it’s separate – it supports special projects outside the annual operating budget. In April 2002, the Vestry of St. John’s established the Norwood Parish Fund to accomplish two things; 1) segregate the “endowment funds” to preserve them and to make available a portion each year for specific ministries, and 2) create a living legacy through planned giving additions to NPF. NPF enables the parish to more completely fulfill its mission by developing its ministries and by being a catalyst for projects that are beyond the scope of the annual operating budget.
How are monies distributed?
Each year, the NPF Board advises the Vestry of that portion of the fund to be distributed based on guidelines in the charter. This amount is often split into calls for proposals in the spring and the fall, when groups or individual members of the Parish can apply for a grant. Applications are considered by the Board, which recommends to the Vestry what funds to make available to the applicants for designated missions.
How is NPF funded?
The Fund was established with proceeds from the sale of the parish’s residential property on Bradley Lane and ongoing memorial gifts through planned giving of parishioners. It has grown steadily since its inception but, like all things at St. John’s, requires nurturing to grow. Learn more about planned giving on St. John’s members page; contact NPF Chair Jay Everhart for additional information.
How we operate
Background documents on how we operate:
NPF Charter 2014 update (includes investment policy)
NPF Distribution Policy 2004
Gift Acceptance Policy 2005