2021 General Grant applications will open on Monday, August 16, and will be due on Friday, September 17th.   Decisions will be made in late October.
Emergency Response Fund applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
*Vineyard Fund for Board Development and Education (VFBDE) accepts applications on a rolling basis. 

2020 grant information

Dear Colleagues –

Our 2020 annual grant cycle has opened and we welcome your applications.

In an effort to respond to the current situation brought on by the pandemic, we are going to modify our process / criteria this year.  We recognize that many of you have had to make drastic changes in the way you provide your services, and that your needs are constantly changing as the environment around us changes.  Additionally, it is near impossible to plan for a future that shows no signs of being settled for the time being.  We are affected by this as well and are striving to provide the most meaningful support we can.

As many of you know, we created an Emergency Response Fund to provide rapid assistance to meet urgent needs.  That fund has awarded over $276,000 to 28 organizations and is still open and accepting applications.  Recipients of grants from the Emergency Response Fund are welcome to apply for additional grants from either that fund or this cycle.

This annual grant cycle will draw from past practice as well as reflect what we have learned during the past few months.  While in past years we looked for new programs and projects that would enhance your mission, this year we expect much of our focus will be on supporting initiatives that are in response to the pandemic.  We have not re-written the application, but please emphasize how your request will help you meet your needs as they currently are.

We will also try to expedite the process.  While we really value the interviews we hold as part of the application process, it may be that we forgo some of them.  We have gained experience in rapid decision making through the Emergency Response Fund deliberations and will endeavor to streamline the process this year.  We hope to have the grant funding available by end October.    

Please feel free to call the office at 508-338-4665.

If you do not receive a response within a day, please email us to follow up, using the contact form below.

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