Church of the Holy Cross
2455 Gallows Road
Dunn Loring, VA 22027-1225


Salt and Light Grant Program Now Accepting Proposals

The Salt and Light Program is a grant opportunity which will use a portion of the income from the Holy Cross Endowment Fund to support outreach programs.

The deadline for the first step of the process is April 30th. Review the Grant Guidelines for complete information on how the funds get awarded and how to apply. Each application must include a cover sheet, found here.

This program is specifically for members of Holy Cross. We cannot accept proposals from outside organizations. If you have questions about the program, contact any of the Endowment Fund Committee members: Gregg Burgess (Chair), James Carroll, Gary Johnson, Kathryn Mendenhall, and Laura Miskimins.

Questions & Answers

What are the purposes of the Endowment Fund?

  • To establish a perpetual, vital and growing memorial and endowment fund to extend the ministries of the Church
  • To provide a means for perpetuating the memory of a loved one through a gift to the Fund
  • To provide a means for making a special gift of thanksgiving to the church
  • To provide a fund for receiving other gifts and bequests

How is the Endowment Fund funded?

The Endowment Fund was funded initially with gifts from Sue and Harlow Farmer, and Joan and George Burgess in 1991.  The Fund has grown from additional gifts and through growth of the invested funds.  Contributions to the Endowment Fund are completely separate from pledges to the church, which fund the annual budget. 

Who can contribute to the Fund?

Any parishioner or friend of Holy Cross.

How can I make a gift to the fund?

  • Outright donation of funds designated for the Fund
  • Bequest via a will, creation of a lifetime trust or via a life insurance policy naming the Fund as a beneficiary.

Are gifts to the Fund tax deductible?

Yes, the Fund is exempt from federal taxes under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

How will the Fund be used?

A portion of the Fund’s annual “income” will be used to further the ministries and outreach of Holy Cross.  This is called the Salt and Light Grant Program.

Who administers the Fund?

The fund is administered by the Endowment Fund Committee of the Church of the Holy Cross.  The committee is composed of 5 parishioners, who serve 5 year terms on a rotational basis.  The Fund is invested entirely with the Trustees of the Fund of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia.

What are the responsibilities of the Endowment Fund Committee?

  • Receive and evaluate grant requests, making a recommendation for grant funding to the Vestry at the July meeting each year
  • Develop policies and procedures for receiving requests and making grants
  • Develop policies and procedures for monitoring and verifying grant execution
  • Provide an annual report on the Fund and grants to the Vestry
  • Communicate to the parish and friends of the church to encourage donations to the Fund and facilitate grant requests

How can someone apply for a grant?

Any parishioner or group within the parish can apply.  There is a two-step process.  The first step is a one-page letter to the Endowment Fund Committee that describes the proposed project.  This letter is due by April 30th of each year.

Grant applications that meet Salt and Light Grant Program criteria will be asked to submit a full proposal (Step two).  Details are available on the Church’s website: This proposal must be received by June 30th of each year.

What are the intended purposes of the grants?

The grants are intended to provide “seed capital” for new or extended ministries and outreach.  Grants can be multi-year requests.

How will grant applications be selected?

The Endowment Fund Committee will evaluate each grant and recommend funded grants to the Vestry.  The committee will ensure that the total grants do not exceed the available funds.  Grants will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Likely impact of the grant activity
  • Holy Cross involvement in the grant activity
  • Potential for sustained impact
  • Expansion of Holy Cross ministries
  • Amount of additional resources (financial, and human) included in the grant activity


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