Grant Award Criteria
Organizations applying for a grant from the Hunger Fund must meet several criteria:
- They must be located within the Diocese, which includes
- Washington, DC
- Montgomery County, Maryland
- Prince George’s County, Maryland
- Charles County, Maryland; and
- St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
- Their request must be for funds to supply food and food-related serving items only. The funds for food-related serving items must not exceed 10% of the request and only include disposable items such as napkins, forks and spoons for meal programs or bags for food pantries.
- They must be a non-profit organization as determined by the IRS, and be able to provide IRS Form 501(3C) to that effect
- They must be able to show monetary controls sufficient to insure that any funds granted are spent on food and minimal serving supplies
Grant Request Evaluation
Requests are reviewed at meetings of the Hunger Fund Committee. The evaluation process includes consideration of monetary controls, nature of the organization making the request (size, overall purpose, level of volunteer vs paid staff, etc.), and planned use of the funds requested. Grants from churches that are part of the Episocpal Diocese of Washington are given preference.
Grant recipients are required to submit an accounting detailing how the grant funds were spent before making another request. The accounting must be submitted no later than one year from the date the grant was received. The accounting is reviewed by the committee to measure the effect of the grant on the community it served.
The Hunger Fund Committee meets quarterly and reviews grant requests at its June and December meetings. Requests received from December 2 to the following June 1 are reviewed at the June meeting; requests received from June 2 to the following December 1 are reviewed at the December meeting.
Emergency funding may be requested but available funds are usually exhausted by grants given at the June and December meetings.