The Friends Institute Granting Group offers grants to individual PYM young adult Friends to encourage and support them in ministry, service, witness, and Quaker study. It also supports programs, events or activities of organizations which support and build the community of PYM young adult Friends.
When should I apply?
There are four application deadlines each year: the 1st of February, May, August, and November. You should try to submit your application at least a few days before the deadline so that there’s time to fix any last-minute problems. Friends Institute grants are generally given for a one-year period only, so you should apply with that time limit in mind. Any applications received after the deadline will likely be held over until the next meeting.
Can I apply?
You are only eligible for a grant from the Friends Institute Granting Group if you are an individual of 18 to 40 years of age who is an active member or attender of one of the Philadelphia Yearly Meetings constituent meetings, or if you are applying on behalf of a Friends organization active within the PYM area that supports or encourages such individuals in ministry, service, witness or Quaker study.
How do I apply?
To apply, just download the Friends Institute application guidelines and follow its instructions. There isn’t a form to fill out, but there are a number of discrete questions to answer. Completed applications can be printed and mailed or submitted electronically.
What can Friends Institute fund?
Friends Institute can fund a wide variety of projects; the applications guidelines lists a number of types of projects that can be funded, as well as several common projects that cannot be funded. Projects can take the form of putting Quaker values into practice and in action or to apply Quaker perspective to a pressing social concern in the form of service projects. Grant awards are generally limited to a maximum of $1,000 for individuals; larger grants to organizations are occasionally considered. Friends Institute can provide grants for travel assistance, but applicants are encouraged to seek assistance from other sources first, such as the Pemberton or International Outreach Granting Groups.