Grants from the Baker Foundation are for the building of new Sunday Schools or additions/renovations to existing Sunday Schools.
The complete terms of the foundation are found on the application. Baker Fund Grants fall under the jurisdiction of the Trusts Committee. Projects that require a Building Permit or a loan that won’t be retired within one year, require separate Diocesan Council approval under Canon 6. In general, the Trusts Committee won’t fund entire projects, requiring the congregation to take some responsibility for its funding.
Applications fall into two categories:
1) New Construction, which requires:
- a description of the overall project
- cost of the overall project
- project timing
- current Sunday School data
- the construction cost associated with the Sunday School portion
A Baker application for new construction should form a part of the parish’s new construction submission to the Executive Board.
2) Repairs or Addition to Existing Sunday Schools, which requires:
- a description of the project in general
- type of project (e.g. repair, renovation)
- reason for the project (e.g. expansion, flood, fire, safety)
- project cost
- current Sunday School data
Application form / checklist
- Download the Baker Fund Grant application form
- Consult with your area bishop
- Your application should include:
- a completed form with signatures of the churchwardens of the parish
- a letter of support from the area bishop
- a copy of the vestry meeting resolution giving approval in this matter
- most recent year-end audited financial statements
- a copy of the parish’s most recent Churchwardens’ Parochial Return
- Submit the application to Wendy Pearson, Property Resources Specialist, for processing.
Grant funding falls under the jurisdiction of the Trusts Committee, which meets monthly. If a grant is approved, parishes are typically notified in writing within one week of the meeting. Depending on when your complete application package is received, it can take about 30 days for a decision to be reached.
What’s the typical range of the Baker Fund Grant award?
Up to a maximum of $50,000, depending on the total project cost.
When should we apply?
Whenever possible, you should apply for a grant before the project is commenced or contracted.
Do we really need a letter of support from a bishop? And how do we get one?
No application will be considered until it has been supported by your area bishop. Contact your area bishop’s office to request a letter of support. The bishop will need to see your application documents. Getting a support letter does take time, so don’t leave this until the last minute. Ideally, your bishop should be apprised of your plans from the earliest stages.
Why do we need a vestry motion?
A vestry motion confirms that the parish supports the scope of work being undertaken.
When is the money paid out?
Once your project is underway, the churchwardens must submit a written request for the release of funds. Large grant awards (such as $50,000) will be paid in equal installments over two years, starting two weeks after receipt of the request.
How long do we have to claim payment from a grant?
A parish has one year from the date of being notified of its grant approval to claim payment. If the time period has elapsed, the parish must re-apply.
How often can we apply?
Not less than every 12 months.
Can grants be made retroactively?
Do we need to submit a feedback report?
For more information, contact Wendy Pearson at 416-363-6021, ext. 245 (1-800-668-8932).