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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 meetings on 10/6/14 and 11/3/14.

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.

Books Behind Bars - Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)-Nigeria
$2,500 - This project addresses the educational needs of people in prison as a rehabilitative measure to prepare them for proper reintegration into society and reduce the increasing high rates of recidivism. About 30,000 books - mostly text books - have arrived in Nigeria but libraries in the prisons need to be set up. Our grant will help to provide furniture - books, shelves, chairs and reading lamps - for libraries in five prisons.

In Our Son's Name-Lightfoot Films, Inc.-Atlanta, GA
$5,000 - Grant to fund final post production expenses and the creation of a study guide for this documentary film. The film is an intimate portrait of Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez whose son, Greg, died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. The film follows the parents as they navigate their chosen path which is to advocate nonviolence and peaceful solutions to conflict in place of retribution and revenge. Mr. Orlando testified for the defense at Zacarias Moussaoui's sentencing trial with the hope of Zacarias avoiding the death penalty.

Prisoner Release Program-Prisoner's Future Foundation-Zambia
$5,000 - Grant to help men and women released from prison in Kabwe, Zambia. Services provided include transport for released prisoners and families, “family tie up”, trips to conduct counseling, help in preparing prisoners for life outside prison, clothing for those released, sanitary supplies and sewing machines for women and clothing for all those released. Prisoner's Future Foundation also strongly advocates for national abolition of the death penalty.

Sarah Powell Huntington House Youth Services Program-Women's Prison Association-NYC
$5,000 - The program addresses the Catch-22 that prevents children from being reunited to their families until housing is deemed adequate, but bars a mother from seeking family shelter or subsidized housing before children are in her care. This program takes place in two halfway houses where homeless mothers, having recently been discharged from incarceration, are housed with their children for 6-9 months, thus helping the children to become acquainted with their parent. A youth service worker meets with children every day after school for academic remediation, group therapy, educations enhancement activity and life skills mentoring. Our grant will pay for half of the cost of the youth service worker as well as for supplies and activities of the program.

Service Through Science - International Youth Leadership Institute (IYLI) - NYC
$5,000 - IYLI's mission is to nurture the next generation of leaders through mentorship, seminars, training, cross-cultural experience and international travel and study. Service through Science is a new seminar program that will operate year round to encourage students to pursue STEM classes at school and then careers by connecting science to their life situations. 20 core fellows, both middle and high schools students (with parent involvement), will design and complete a project focusing on solar energy that incorporates physics and engineering that will meet community energy needs.

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.

National Indian Youth Leadership Project-Albuquerque, NM
$10,000 - General Operating Support for Project Venture, a culturally appropriate, outdoor experiential youth development program that uses outdoor activities to teach basic survival social skills. It was first developed as a substance abuse prevention model for Native adolescents but now addresses many different youth issues through successful adaptations of their core program. Our grant will specifically support Project K, a suicide prevention program in the Thoreau Middle School, and TANAY (Therapeutic Adventure for Native American Youth) which provides additional support to youth experiencing issues around substance abuse and behavioral health.