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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 in 2014

The members of the Riverside Sharing Fund/Densford Fund are pleased to share information about grants which were awarded at our meetings on 12/1/14 and 1/5/15.

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.

NurSYP Kenya Life Skills Training Program for Juveniles-Nurture Smart Youth Program-Kenya
$3,000 - This organization focuses on promoting and designing programs and policies which will empower young people to participate in the economic development of the country.  Our grant will help fund training sessions & resources for counselors who are meeting with youth in prison, taking them through a life skills program which encourages behavioral change.  It will also help to provide training for out of school youth and encourage school dropouts to return to school as a deterrent to the potential of criminal activity.

Exhale to Inhale-New York City
$5,000 - By providing access to the practice of yoga to survivors of domestic violent and sexual assault, Exhale to Inhale offers a valuable resource to a distressed community of women who are statistically likely to be poor and underprivileged.  Exhale offers six yoga classes in Harlem, Brooklyn and Westchester. Teachers plan yoga sequences that harness the philosophy and physicality of yoga, helping their students rediscover their strength and reconnect with their bodies.  Our grant will help provide Trauma Sensitive yoga teacher training for 200-hour certified yoga teachers by staff of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Center in Brookline, MA.

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.

Indigenous Scholars of Promise - Hope Mountain-Bozeman, MT
$10,000 - By providing leaders with training, mentoring, networking opportunities and financial resources, Hopa Mountain advances the well-being of rural and tribal communities in the Northern Rockies and Great Plains.  Our grant supports Indigenous Scholar of Promise (ISP) which was developed by a group of Native American college graduates who wanted to help more native students apply to and succeed in selective colleges.  High school scholars were chosen, trained, visited, mentored through SAT/ACT prep, college applications (essay, financial, etc) coaching and college visits while their families were taught to support their children.