The Shoemaker Fund Trustees invite nonprofit organizations to apply for grants for projects in line with our strategic goal of renewing and strengthening the Religious Society of Friends. We welcome efforts toward this goal from Quaker organizations, as well as from meetings. We are keenly interested in projects that bring innovation and vitality to monthly meetings and can be replicated in other meetings.
The Fund does not provide annual operating funds, but supports specific projects and the overhead costs associated with them that address the strategic goal stated above. The Fund also does not make grant awards to endowments. Grants have ranged from several hundred dollars to over $200,000. Grants may be distributed over 1-3 years.
Inquiries are evaluated by the Shoemaker Fund Trustees using the following criteria:
- Organizations that have not previously received support from the Shoemaker Fund
- A clearly articulated connection between the project objectives and the Fund’s strategic goal.
- Innovative collaboration between Quaker organizations, including monthly meetings.
- Creative thinking that goes beyond structures or programs that have served the Religious Society of Friends in the past.
- Clear possible outcomes of the project, such as increases in attendance/membership, production of materials/programs, development of young leaders, etc.
Distributing Trustees review all inquiries at regularly scheduled meetings in May and November. Organizations that have submitted inquiries that are deemed to have merit are invited to submit a complete proposal for consideration at the next regularly scheduled meeting. Organizations not invited to develop a full proposal are notified promptly. Trustees generally do not meet in advance with grant seekers. From time to time, representatives of funded organizations are invited to share their work with trustees at one of their meetings.