Trinity Church Wall Street awards $4.6 million in grants to support faith communities in the US and around the world

Funding will go to 25 organizations that include Seminaries, Churches and Dioceses throughout the United States, Africa, and Latin America

NEW YORK — Trinity Church Wall Street has awarded more than $4.6 million in grants to 25 organizations dedicated to advancing leadership development and building sustainable financial capacity in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion and beyond.

The 25 grants announced today range from $40,000 to $750,000. The grantees are working on a range of projects, to advance faith and skills-based leadership for both clergy and laypeople and real estate development projects to deliver positive social impact and sustain ministries for generations.

“Trinity continues our mission of helping churches create ministries that will not only impact their communities immediately but continue to help in years to come,” said the Rev. Phillip A. Jackson, Priest-in-Charge of Trinity Church Wall Street. “We also believe in the importance of training the next generation of leaders in the Episcopal Church and are excited to announce almost $2 million in grants targeted to this purpose.”

The Hispanic Youth Leadership Academyis one of Trinity’s new grantees and is receiving $90,000.  The grant will be used to galvanize the energy of young people for leadership in Christian communities. “The goal is to create a pipeline of Episcopal Latinx faith leaders from high school to their ministries, both ordained and lay,” said Robert Garris, Managing Director for Leadership Development at Trinity. “The Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA) is in a unique position to engage this work because of its 17 years of experience training and mentoring young Latinx faith leaders.”

Trinity is also working with St. Luke’s Episcopal Churchin Seattle, within the Diocese of Olympia in Washington state, for the first time. A participant in the inaugural Gift of Place cohort of churches launched by Trinity in partnership with the CEEP Network in 2020, St. Luke’s will use a $200,000 grant to fund predevelopment costs of an affordable housing project. The 130-year-old church is in Seattle’s rapidly gentrifying Ballard neighborhood and is directly experiencing the impact of the affordable housing crisis in the U.S.  

“While the neighborhood includes very affluent residents, there is still a significant shortage of affordable housing as evidenced by the 40 tents set up just across the street from the church entrance. This grant is an important first step in a project that will transform an entire city block with multiple new buildings encompassing affordable and mixed-income housing as well as space for community services; revitalizing the neighborhood and strengthening the church both missionally and financially.,” said the Rev. James Clark, Managing Director of Mission Real Estate Development at Trinity.

Several dioceses in Africa and Latin America are also receiving grants, including the Diocese of Honduras, which received $180,000 last summer and now will receive an additional $60,000 to go towards the completion of renovations to a local school. The money will help with much needed repairs from hurricane damage and to ensure students can return safely to the classroom while following COVID-19 guidelines.

“These grants will advance a church that is building more just communities through investments in both place and people, said Neill Coleman, Chief Philanthropy Officer at Trinity. “We are investing in sustainable financial capacity for churches, and leaders who will bring social impact in their communities, locally, nationally and internationally. It is an honor and a blessing to work with these partners living our faith across our Communion.”

In addition to the 25 grants advancing Trinity’s commitment to the work of leadership development and mission real estate development, Trinity’s spring grants cycle includes an additional 75 grants totaling $10.4 million to support New York City- based nonprofits working for racial justice and housing affordability.

The grantees are:

Nonprofit Finance Fund $500,000

Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, NY Feasibility Study $200,000

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church $200,000

New York State Council of Churches $100,000

Diocese of Mbeere, Kenya $480,000

Diocese of Nakuru Kenya $375,000

Diocese of Central Zimbabwe $300,000

Diocese of Freetown, Sierra Leone $275,000

Diocese of Rift Valley, Tanzania $114,000

Diocese of Lweru, Tanzania $42,000

Diocese of Honduras $60,000

Berkeley Divinity School at Yale $150,000

Union Theological Seminary $750,000

Diocese of Western Tanganyika $40,000

Partnership for Renewal $100,000

Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina $120,000

Wesley Theological Seminary $100,000

Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities $100,000

Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy $90,000

The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St. George in the East $60,000

The Episcopal Church Foundation $100,000

Princeton Theological Seminary $100,000

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan $100,000

United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia $50,000

Auburn Theological Seminary $100,000

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About Trinity Church Wall Street


Now in its fourth century, Trinity Church Wall Street is a growing and inclusive Episcopal parish of more than 1,200 members that seeks to serve and heal the world by building neighborhoods that live Gospel truths, generations of faithful leaders, and sustainable communities. The parish is guided by its core values: faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice, and stewardship. Members come from the five boroughs of New York City and surrounding areas to form a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse congregation. More than 20 worship services are offered every week at its historic sanctuaries, Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, the cornerstones of the parish’s community life, worship, and mission, and online at trinitywallstreet.org. The parish welcomes approximately 2 million visitors per year. 

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