The Issachar Fund is a private operating foundation, not a typical grant-making one. By legal definition, our foundation giving is restricted primarily to our own programs. TIF offers resources to scholars, leaders and organizations exploring one or more of our Areas of Inquiry. Three times a year, TIF assists select organizations in obtaining funds for projects that are consistent with our mission and purposes. We invite grant proposals and make funding recommendations on a competitive basis to a donor-advised fund (DAF). We recommend grants only after an applicant's U.S. tax status has been verified and the grant application has been thoroughly vetted. Through this mechanism, we are able to secure funding for select projects. If you have any questions, please click through for our Grant Opportunities FAQ'S. If you would like to see examples of our projects, please reference our annual report.
Currently, we are not accepting LOI's. Our online portal for Letters of Inquiry (LOI) collects basic information about your proposed project, allowing us to see if it is consistent with our mission and interests. This is the first requirement for any project looking for our recommendation to the donor advised fund (DAF). We accept LOI's on a rolling basis.
TIF evaluates LOI’s as they are submitted, a process that usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. TIF carefully reviews each LOI in terms of overall quality and its strategic alignment with our Areas of Inquiry. We pay close attention to the tactical details and the capacity for success before inviting a full proposal from only the strongest candidates. Applicants will be notified via email of the outcome of the LOI review.
(By Invitation Only)
Submitting a full proposal is the required second step of the Grant Opportunities process. Full proposals are by invitation only, after the LOI has been approved. In the full proposal, applicants are expected to provide more specific information about the activities of the proposed project and its anticipated results. A detailed program budget is also required.
Each proposal is carefully reviewed. Proposals are first reviewed by TIF to evaluate their consistency with our mission and interests, their strategic value, and the applicant’s capacity for success. Many proposals are then sent out for expert review. Applicants who submit proposals needing clarification or enhancements will be contacted for further information. TIF staff and Board of Directors then make recommendations to the DAF based on the review process. Applicants will be contacted via email regarding DAF funding decisions.
The Issachar Fund accepts Letters of Inquiry on a rolling basis. If your LOI is approved, you will need to complete a full application by the deadline assigned to you by TIF. In most cases, the application deadline will be either mid-April, early August, or early December.
We have helped secure funding for many different types of projects: individual research projects, team 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.
Due to the number of inquiries we receive, we prefer that you first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The TIF staff will then review your LOI. If your work fits within TIF’s interests and priorities, we will invite you to submit a full Grant Proposal.
Visits to TIF are rarely necessary and are only at our invitation.
TIF evaluates LOI’s as they are submitted, a process that usually takes 4 to 6 weeks.
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.
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 is needed before submitting a full proposal for a project longer than 3 years in length.
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.
We do not accept proposals for general operating grants.
Unless otherwise specified in a specific program, TIF does not have geographic boundaries or restrictions. However, we strongly prefer that international organizations have a U.S. fiduciary to receive funds.
Yes. We currently cap our indirect costs at 10%.
Yes. However, TIF strongly prefers projects that are affiliated with an institution (typically a university, research institution, or other non-profit organization). Unaffiliated individuals must find appropriate institutions to administer their grants.
We typically do not support planning grants. In special circumstances TIF will consider planning grants that align with our Areas of Inquiry.
Yes. However, we believe good ideas often invite broad support and we therefore we prefer projects with multiple funding sources. This is especially true for projects over $15,000.
We are not currently accepting LOI’s at this time, please check back for updates.