In Trust Center Resource Grant Guidelines/
Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Resource Grant?
An In Trust Center Resource Grant is a dollar-for-dollar matching grant of up to $10,000 that is intended to address a particular challenge or opportunity within an institution. The In Trust Center hopes that through a Resource Grant, your school will engage an outside resource that allows you to support your work and further your school’s mission.

What do Resource Grants fund?
The Resource Grants program pays for related resources within a single project, such as hosting a leadership gathering or educational workshop, board education sessions, feasibility study planning, innovative projects, engaging a consultant, and many other resources. A grant may fund more than one resource, but those resources must be thematically related and support the same project.

Are there items a Resource Grant does not fund? 
Yes. Grant funds cannot be used for:

  • Salaries.
  • Meals or refreshments unless incurred en route to a workshop or at an off-site retreat.
  • Hosting events targeted to the general public (unrelated to mission).
  • Annually recurring projects or expenses or repeated attendance at a particular conference.
  • Professional development that exclusively benefits staff.
  • Mission trips.
  • Current projects and/or projects previously paid for.
  • Facilities-related projects.
  • Indirect costs such as overhead.
  • Other resources as determined by the In Trust Center.

Who is eligible for a Resource Grant? 
A school is eligible if it can show:

  • That it is a member of the In Trust Center.
  • How the request fits the school’s mission or priorities and how the resource and project will strengthen the school’s mission and work in the future.
  • How it intends to provide matching funds.

How much can we request?
Resource Grants are dollar-for-dollar matching grants to pay for the cost of outside resources of up to $10,000. A school can apply and receive one Resource Grant per calendar year.

How does the Resource Grant process work? 

  1. If you believe your institution has a request that fits within our guidelines, complete a Letter of Inquiry of no more than two pages in length. The letter proposals tell us about your organization, the project you have in mind, the resource(s) you plan to engage, and the amount of support you will need from us. Letters can be emailed to resourcegrants@intrust.org. Should you have questions about your Letter of Inquiry, please email amglanden@intrust.org.
  2. The In Trust Center Resource Grants committee will review your Letter; and if selected, you will be invited to submit an application.  
  3. If your application is approved, you will be asked to sign a grant agreement. 
  4. Grant funds will be released to your school.

How long does a grant project last once funds are awarded?
The work with and total payment to any funded resource needs to be completed within a year of the date the grant is awarded.

Do "in-kind" contributions, such as materials or volunteer labor, count for our part of the match?
No, a school's match must be in dollars.

What grant reporting does the In Trust Center require?
Each school who receives a Resource Grant agrees to send the In Trust Center a final report of their project. The final report must include a complete financial report. We do not routinely require a school to provide receipts of grant eligible expenses; however, the In Trust Center may request verification for all or a portion of the grant’s eligible expenses. Failure to submit an acceptable final report will jeopardize a school’s ability to be considered for future grants. The In Trust Center reserves the right to use content submitted for reporting purposes.

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This Resource Grants program is generously funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.