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Riverside Sharing Fund/Densford Fund
"Our Ministry in The World"

Through the Sharing Fund, The Riverside Church pledges 10% of its annual offering from its members to finance projects outside the church that are consistent with the church's commitment to fulfilling its mission. Local, national and international organizations may request grants of up to $5,000.

Grants are also available through the Densford Fund. These are specifically for projects related to Native American youth. Organizations meeting these requirements may request grants of up to $10,000.

Applying for a Grant:

If you wish to apply for funds, please review the Funding Guidelines as described in the attachment below. Then complete and return the Application Form to The Sharing Fund Committee at The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, Attn: Carlene Pinto, New York, NY 10027 - Tel. 212-870-6854. You may also send a completed grant application via email to: The same application form is used for a Sharing Fund or Densford Fund grant request (there is a place on the form to indicate to which Fund you are applying).

The Riverside Church Sharing Fund/Densford Fund Committee thanks you for your interest.

 Instructions for Applicants (pdf)
 Download Request For Funds (doc)
Download Feedback Form (pdf)

 Sharing Fund-Densford Fund Grants Awarded in 2013
pdf: click here to download.

 Download the Sharing Fund/Densford Fund Summary
pdf: January, 2011 through June, 2012

Riverside Sharing Fund/Densford Fund News

Click here to view a PDF of Grants awarded so far in 2014

The members of the Riverside Sharing Fund/Densford Fund are pleased to share information about grants which were awarded at our meeting on 5/5//14.

Riverside Sharing Fund
10% of all pledges by Riverside members go into the Sharing Fund. The 12-member committee then awards grants of up to $5,000 to organizations outside of Riverside to fund local, national and international projects.

Other Sheep Africa Zimbabwe Chapter - Zimbabwe, Africa
$5,000 - General Operating Support to help establish an Other Sheep chapter in Zimbabwe. Through conferences and education, this organization assists the LGBT community and let others know about their need for human rights. The organization has the support of clergy from many different denominations.

Behind the Counter: Encouraging Storytelling by Fast Food Workers - Workers Write/National Writers United Service Organization - NYC
$5,000 - Grant to support gathering stories from 20-30 low-wage workers through interviews and a writing workshop. The hope is that these stories can be used to help influence and shape the public dialogue about raising the minimum wage.

Orphanage Without Walls: Student Empowerment Camp - Shambala Foundation - Yunnan Province, People's Republic of China
$5,000 - The long term goal is to work with each child so that he or she can complete as much school as possible. The project offers children an 8 day Student Empowerment Camp (3 sessions of 20 children each from rural Qinghai province) to inspire students, build their confidence and teach skills not otherwise in the standard curriculums, offer career options, strengthen social development and provide 1 on 1 mentoring.

Densford Fund
Created from a bequest in the 1970's, this fund supports projects relating to Native American Youth. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded by the committee.

Broken Heart Land - The Eagle Project - NYC
$10,000 - Eagle Project is an inter-tribal and multi-cultural professional performing arts company dedicated to exploring the American identity and using the Native American experience as the primary means to conduct its exploration. The funds support a professional production of the play Broken Heart Land, specifically allowing them to set aside seats for Native adolescents and young adults to see the play free of charge.