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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Does The Issachar Fund (TIF) have particular areas of interest?

TIF is a private operating foundation. What does that mean?

Are you affiliated with a particular denomination?

Are you promoting a particular viewpoint related to the sciences?

Fund Development

What types of projects do you recommend for funding?

Can I talk to someone at TIF about my project or organization?

Can I visit The Issachar Fund?

When can I expect to hear back from TIF regarding my LOI or Application?

How much money may I apply for?

Do you support multi-year projects?

My project does not start for another year. How far in advance can I apply?

Do you provide general operating support to organizations?

Do you have any geographic boundaries for your work?

Does TIF support indirect costs?

Does TIF fund individuals?

Does TIF support planning grants?  

Does TIF accept applications for capital campaigns?

Do you provide 100% of funding for projects?

Organization Sustainability

How does my organization apply for the Organization Sustainability program?

Can I participate in a TIF program?


General Questions

Does TIF have particular areas of interest?

Yes. Please refer to our areas of inquiry.

TIF is a private operating foundation. What does that mean?

TIF is a private operating foundation, not a typical grant-making one. By legal definition, our foundation giving is restricted primarily to our own programs. However, we also invite grant proposals that are consistent with our mission and purposes and make funding recommendations on a competitive basis to a donor advised fund (DAF). We recommend grants only after an applicant's tax-exempt status has been verified and the grant application has been thoroughly vetted. Through this mechanism we are able to secure funding for select projects.

Are you affiliated with a particular denomination?

The Issachar Fund does not align itself with a particular denomination. We support work in evangelical, Catholic, Orthodox and mainline Protestant institutions. We also promote interfaith work that serves the Church.

Are you promoting a particular viewpoint related to the sciences?

We hold a high view of science and a high view of Scripture. We seek to support projects that engage the sciences, Scripture, and the Church in a rigorous, relevant and gracious way.

Fund Development

What types of projects do you recommend for funding?

We have sponsored many different types of projects: research projects, books, journal articles, conferences, small working groups of scholars, church education projects, and lectures. We are open to a wide range of endeavors. We are focused on reaching a variety of audiences: the academic community, congregations, pastors, teachers, thought leaders, the international community, and others. 

Can I talk to someone at TIF about my project or organization?

Due to the number of inquiries we receive, we prefer that you first submit a Letter of Inquiry.  Once TIF staff have reviewed your LOI and determined that your work fits within TIF’s interests and priorities, we will contact you. 

Can I visit The Issachar Fund?

Visits to TIF are rarely necessary and are only at our invitation.

When can I expect to hear back from TIF regarding my LOI or Application?

Please refer to our calendar for the funding cycle for which you applied. We review the applications for the Writer’s Retreat program on a rolling basis. We aim to respond to all Writer’s Retreat LOI’s within 30 days and Writer’s Retreat full applications within 60 days of their submission.

How much money may I apply for?

TIF has helped secure funding for projects ranging in size from $5,000 to $300,000. In a few exceptional cases, we have recommended funding for larger projects.

Do you support multi-year projects?

Most projects we recommend for funding are one to three years long. In remarkable cases, TIF may recommend funding for a project with a longer timespan, but approval needs to be sought before submitting a full proposal for a project longer than 3 years in length.

My project does not start for another year. How far in advance can I apply?

We understand that many projects take advanced planning. Sabbatical approvals, course buyouts, calendar conflicts, etc., can all affect the timeline of a project. We will accept proposals for projects up to 24 months in advance of their start date.

Do you provide general operating support to organizations?

No. There have been a few exceptional cases in which we have recommended a general operating grant, but we do not accept applications for general operating grants.

Do you have any geographic boundaries for your work?

Unless you are responding to a specific Request for Proposals (RFP) with distinct boundaries, TIF does not have geographic boundaries or restrictions. However, we strongly prefer that international organizations have a US fiduciary to receive funds.

Does TIF support indirect costs?

We currently cap our indirect costs at 10%.

Does TIF fund individuals?

TIF strongly prefers to recommend projects for funding that are affiliated with an institution (typically a university, research institution, or other non-profit organization). We encourage individuals to find appropriate institutions to administer their grants. However, we do support individuals through our Writer’s Retreat.

Does TIF support planning grants?  

Planning grants are not something we typically support. In special circumstances TIF will consider planning grants that align with our areas of inquiry.

Does TIF accept applications for capital campaigns?

No.

Do you provide 100% of funding for projects?

Yes. However, we believe good ideas often invite broad support and we therefore show preference to projects with multiple funding sources. For projects over $150k, it is more necessary to show broad financial support.

Organization Sustainability

How does my organization apply for the Organization Sustainability program?

We currently do not take unsolicited requests for the OSP program.

Can I participate in a consultation?

Currently, TIF consultations are by invitation only.