Applying for a Legacy Grant

The Legacy Gift Committee is pleased to announce an application deadline of August 30, 2021, for the next round of grants from the Witness and Ministry Fund, and that it will be accepting Time Sensitive Applications beginning now and continuing through September 30, 2021. 

Witness and Ministry Fund

An application deadline of Monday, August 30, 2021, has been set for the next round of Witness & Ministry applications to support spirit-led witness through the funding of public and released ministry. The Legacy Grant Committee anticipates grants to range from $500 up to $10,000. The 2021 NEYM Witness & Ministry Fund Application Form is downloadable below.

Income from NEYM Witness and Ministry Fund, approximately $30,000 per year, will be available annually to support spirit-led witness through the funding of public and released ministry until 2024, when the designation will be revisited to discern whether it is still serving a vital purpose or if the funds should be put to another use. Change in this designation will require approval at Annual Sessions (see minute 2014-62). In FY 2021, approximately $30,000 will be available and the Legacy Grant Committee anticipates grants to range from $500 up to $10,000.

Updated guidelines and application forms for the Witness and Ministry Fund are posted under “Downloads” below. Also posted below are (1) advice from the Yearly Meeting treasurer about tax issues; and (2) a grant report form.

Time-Sensitive Requests for Funding

The Legacy Gift Committee will consider funding requests for time-sensitive projects that take place outside of regular deadlines. The Committee will consider time-sensitive applications on a rolling basis, with a minimum of a month’s notice, until September 30, 2021.

This process is intended to enable timely support for participation in or provision of trainings, conferences or other time-sensitive events or projects that fit Legacy funding criteria (including support, oversight and reporting). The maximum grant is $1,000.

Applicants should follow the Legacy guidelines and application procedures and use the 2021 NEYM Witness & Ministry Fund Application Form, downloadable below. 

Repeat Requests

Grantees must submit a final report before applying for another Legacy Grant.

It is the Legacy Gift Committee’s goal to nurture and support leadings of the spirit among us across the whole Yearly Meeting; however our funds are limited. Repeat funding requests may be submitted and will be considered in light of current priorities and all other requests during the funding cycle. 

Reviewers reflect on many factors such as current NEYM goals, demographics, geography, and resources available to applicants. We want to be mindful to include potential applicants who are newer, under-represented, or have less experience in Yearly Meeting.

Legacy funds should not be considered a sustaining grant and will not be approved for sustaining regular recurring operations costs.

Have further questions?

If you have questions about any part of the Legacy grant program, please contact the co-clerks Sue Rockwood & Mary Link, or call the Yearly Meeting office (508-754-6760).

NEYM Future Fund

This fund is not currently active.  The Legacy Gift Committee fulfilled its charge for this fund by granting all of the funds deposited in it.  The last round of grants from the Future Fund was November 9, 2020 and the remaining funds were awarded.  Witness and Ministry funds (see above) are still available.

The Future Fund sought to strengthen spirit-led witness through the funding of public and released ministry, supporting current NEYM priorities such as anti-racism, Native American concerns (including apologizing for harm by Quakers to Native Americans), climate change, and other areas of focus that Friends felt called to.

In the November 2020 cycle, priority was given to Friends and meetings that had not yet applied. We wanted to be mindful to include potential applicants who were newer, under-represented, or had less experience in Yearly Meeting.

Unless the fund becomes refreshed, there will be no more applications for the Future Fund.

Have further questions?

If you have questions about any part of the Legacy grant program, please contact the co-clerks (link below) or call the Yearly Meeting office (508-754-6760).

File Downloads

Legacy Gift Fund Guidelines 2020
NEYM Witness & Ministry Fund Application (Word)
Information regarding payments subject to taxes
Grant Report Form