IPC Foundation - Apply for a Grant

Independent Presbyterian Church

Apply for a Grant

The Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation (IPCF) extends the ministries of IPC through the use of endowments. Two endowments, the Orlean and Ralph W. Beeson Fund and Felix C. Yarboro Community Ministries Fund, distribute annual earnings via four (4) grant cycles described below.

1.  IPCF Small Grants ($7,500 or less)
The Foundation believes that the effort to apply should be commensurate with the size of the grant, so smaller grants ($7,500 or less) may be requested informally at any time. Please note that priority is given to Alabama/Birmingham organizations.

Applicants must be a 501c(3) organization and should be emailed to (smallgrants@ipc-usa.org).

These informal requests will be reviewed, with follow-up conversations held as needed, and will normally be decided within 60 days.  Applicants are not eligible for a small grant if the organization received an annual grant distribution in the same calendar year.

2. IPCF Scholarship Grants are awarded to support needy students at Protestant theological seminaries and at small colleges and universities associated with the Protestant faith. Applications are made by the institutions, not the students. For a current copy of the Guidelines for Institutions Applying for IPCF Scholarship Grantsclick here.

3. IPCF Emergency Grants
Emergency grants are available upon request and should be emailed to (beeson@ipc-usa.org).

4. IPCF Annual Grants 

Applications are accepted in the summer:

  • June 15th  for organizations that did not receive a grant payment from the IPC Foundation in the prior two (2) grant cycles (i.e. since 1/1/2016), and

  • August 15th for organizations that did receive a grant payment from the IPC Foundation in either or bot the prior grant cycles (i.e., since 1/1/2016)

All deadlines are firm. 

     Click here for IPCF Annual Grant Guidelines

The application guidelines contain a one-page document with four common information sections. For the convenience of applicants who submit via e-mail, the common information sections are available as a Word document by click here

IPCF Grant recipients are required to provide an after-the-fact report on the use of all grants. For a current copy of the Annual Report on Grant Usage, click here.

Important Note to Grant Seekers Based Outside the United States (US):  The Foundation does not accept grant applications from new applicants based outside the US. We do accept applications from non-US based applicants whom we have supported in the past, and we accept applications from US-based organizations for programs they sponsor outside the US.

Summer Learning

The Foundation has chosen summer learning loss in K-12 students as an area of focus.

  • Students from lower-income families tend to lag in academic performance when compared to other students. Studies have shown that about two thirds of the gap can be attributed to summer learning loss. More insight into this issue can be gained from the National Summer Learning Association website.
  • The Foundation began working with the summer program conducted by IPC at the Children’s Fresh Air Farm in 2010, and has since supported a growing number of programs in Birmingham. These programs have achieved significant academic gains, often realizing a two-month (or greater) gain in both reading and math over the course of the summer rather than the two- to three-month loss that would be expected absent the summer work. Our experience has shown that community-based organizations and schools can readily replicate these results, and the Foundation is eager to share that experience with Alabama organizations who wish to explore starting a program or strengthening the academic components of an existing program.
  • For an overview of summer learning initiatives in greater Birmingham, click here.

In 2012, the Foundation entered a funding partnership known as Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL). The ten funding partners believe that combining our resources will allow us to have greater impact than working independently.

The SAIL funders conduct an annual grant cycle each fall to support programs for the next summer. Applications are due around October 1st. For more information, visit the SAIL website or contact any of the SAIL funders, or contact the IPC Foundation to be placed on the e-mail distribution list.

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