New York, NY (Jan  2014) — Trinity Wall Street has awarded its first Wildcard Grants to four innovative organizations that hold promise as agents of positive change, including Movable Feast. The recipients are beyond-the-bell-curve programs that fall outside Trinity’s standard funding objectives, but are part of Trinity’s efforts to be a resource for innovators and social entrepreneurs in the wider Church. Each grant is a one-time, $25,000 award given to support a social action initiative that needs seed money to get started or grow.

“Our first recipients represent a broad spectrum of social activism, but each in its own way seeks to improve the human condition,” said the Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, rector of Trinity Wall Street. “We are delighted to help these worthy organizations grow, so that they may have a transformational effect on their communities.”

Movable Feast (Diocese of North Carolina) is a spiritual endeavor focused on reaching young adults by feeding both body and soul. Its mission is threefold: to create a mobile campus ministry in four diverse places of higher education, offering a roaming feast/communion service operated out of a bus with kitchen facilities and chapel space, offering food hospitality and sacred space; to engage young adults (age 18-35) to explore and develop authentic communities of spiritual life and service by becoming the pastors of this mobile ministry; and to help local parishes develop sustainable ways of reaching out to those campuses. The $25,000 is to help cover start-up costs, including purchasing a vehicle and food supplies.

The Rev. Nils Chittenden, Director of A Movable Feast, said, “We are so grateful to Trinity Wall Street for their willingness to fund innovation and make our plans a reality. We hope that this mobile ministry will highlight that ‘Church’ is less about bricks and mortar and more about a way of life.”

The three other recipients are the Creative Arts Workshop for Kids (CAW), which uses art to inspire and teach underserved youth (ages 4–24) in Northern Manhattan; Healing Community Network (HCN), which forms support groups for the formerly incarcerated and their families in New York, helping the once-incarcerated re-adjust to society; and Magdalene St. Louis, which provides a safe and empowering haven for women survivors of abuse, prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the street.

The nominating process for the awards, conveyed in January 2014, began in April 2013. Trinity Grants has provided $80 million in funding to 85 countries since 1972. For more information about the next cycle of Wildcard grants, visit www.trinitywallstreet.org/

About The Trinity Grants Program

The Trinity Grants Program is part of Trinity Wall Street’s Faith in Action Ministries, which support congregation, staff, and partners around the world in living their faith as a way of life for the transformation and reconciliation of the world. The Grants Program provides funding within four key areas: being a vital presence in Lower Manhattan; advocating for children in communities and public schools; engaging communities emerging from conflict; and strengthening the Anglican Communion. Other Faith in Action ministries include a twice-weekly brown bag lunch feeding program for people in need in Lower Manhattan, mission relationships with New York City, New Orleans, Panama, Haiti and Burundi, and the Charlotte’s Place neighborhood center in Lower Manhattan.