Staff Support Grants

Staff Support Grants are for nonprofits that want to improve their staff’s ability to serve with compassion.


Staff Support Grants can be used to support staff: 

  • During times of leadership transition such as mergers, organizational growth, or CEO change 
  • Provide care to staff during emotionally challenging seasons  
  • Resolve ongoing conflict among the team 
  • Address issues impacting the organizational culture 

Grant funds must be used to address the issue impacting the organizational culture. Examples of how funds may be used include, but are not limited to, working with a consultant to address burnout, turnover, or staff communication; coaching or therapy for staff members; implementing restorative practices; or implementing a staff wellness program.  

Funds cannot be used: 

  • To throw parties for the staff 
  • Staff wellness activities without a clear purpose or plan to implement beyond the grant period 
  • To fund basic professional development activities that should be covered by the organization  

Eligibility – Operating Grantees (Thriving Communities, Resilient Families, Strengthening Democracy) with an active grant who have not previously received a Staff Support grant.  

Recipients of these funds are committed to increasing compassion, improving the work environment, and strengthening leadership. Staff Support Grants require an in-kind match from the recipient, based on budget size. The maximum amount that can be requested for these grants is $20,000. 

In the summer, we will be temporarily pausing the receipt of Staff Support applications due to planned staff absences. Approved applicants will still be able to use funds from Staff Support Grants during the pause but will need to apply earlier in the year.

Staff Support Grant applicants will need to apply by May 1, 2024, or wait to apply on or after July 1, 2024.

Less than $500,000
$500,000 to $999,999
$1,000,000 to $1,499,999
$1,500,000 to $1,999,999
$2,000,000 to $10,000,000
10% match
20% match
30% match
40% match
50% match

As a private foundation, our contribution beyond a certain budget percentage may tip a 501(c)(3) public charity into a 501(c)(3) private foundation status with the Internal Revenue Service. Learn more here about tipping.


Potential applicants are required to email Abby Hyman to discuss their interest in applying.  Applications can be submitted anytime, but we encourage potential applicants to discuss their application with Abby at least 2 months prior to the anticipated start date of the grant term.


To apply, email responses to the following questions to Please limit your total response to 500 words.

  1. Describe the issue(s) that is impacting the organization’s culture. How will you use Staff Support Grants to address the issue?
  2. What is the total amount of support requested from The Trust? Please list the in-kind contributions that your organization is contributing (including the dollar amounts).
  3. Please provide a detailed timeline that explains the time frame of your project/process.

Recipients of these grants are required to provide a verbal final report 30 days after the conclusion of the grant term.   Please contact Abby to schedule a time for a verbal report. The questions below will guide the conversation during the verbal report.

  1. Please explain how the Staff Support Grants allowed you to address the issue(s) in your agency? If the issue is ongoing, please explain what else is needed to address the issue.
  2. Please describe any unexpected occurrences or problems that impacted the implementation of the program.
  3. Please describe any organizational changes that will be institutionalized as a result of receiving these funds.

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Staff Support Grant applicants must apply by May 1, 2024, or wait to apply  on or after July 1, 2024.