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 innovative challenge or opportunity within an institution. The In Trust Center hopes that through a Resource Grant, your school will engage an external 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, innovative project, such as:

  • Hosting a leadership gathering or educational workshop.
  • Board education sessions.
  • Feasibility study planning.
  • Engaging a consultant.
  • Technology such as software.
  • Other resources as determined by the In Trust Center.

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 or hourly wages for staff or students.
  • Hosting events targeted to the general public (unrelated to mission).
  • Preexisting or current projects.
  • Annually recurring projects or expenses or repeated attendance at a particular conference.
  • Mission trips.
  • Facilities purchase, sale, construction or repair.
  • Subscription fees.
  • 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 is a current member school of the In Trust Center. Membership must be renewed for the 2019-2020 academic year to be awarded.
  • It is not a previous recipient of an In Trust Center Resource Grant.
  • It can demonstrate how the request fits the school’s mission or priorities.
  • It can demonstrate 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 external resources of up to $10,000.

How does the Resource Grant process work?

  1. If your institution has a request that fits within our guidelines, complete a Letter of Inquiry of no more than two pages in length by April 5, 2019. The letter tells 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. Please direct questions about your Letter of Inquiry to Ann Marie Glanden (amglanden@intrust.org).
  2. The In Trust Center Resource Grant committee will review your Letter by May 31, 2019; and if selected, you will be invited to submit an application due on June 28, 2019. Please note that when completing the application you cannot request funds for a different project than previously requested in your Letter of Inquiry.
  3. If your application is approved you will receive a grant agreement by early August 2019 for signing and funds will be released to your school.

How long does a grant project last once funds are awarded?

The Resource Grant funding period begins September 1, 2019 and ends on August 31, 2020. The work with and payment to any funded resource must be completed within this timeframe.

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?

Grant recipients must complete both a mid-year progress report and a final report of their project which includes 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. 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.