2018 Vernon Fund Grants

Below are the Vernon Fund Grants approved for 2018.

Christian Formation

  • Alpha is an 11-session video series, which explores the Christian faith in a safe and welcoming environment designed to create conversation about difficult life questions.
  • Kanuga Parish Weekend: The funds will be used for programing, food, supplies and scholarships for the Kanuga Parish Weekend.
  • Vernon Scholars: The program aims to provide promising young people with a year-long experience of mentoring and self-discovery that will enhance their college careers and post-graduate endeavors.
  • Lenten Series: The funds will be used to supplement funds from the normal operating budget and the Lectureship fund to provide money to bring in extraordinary speakers and preachers during Lent.
  • Community of Hope Ministry Training is a training program of lay pastoral care ministers that prepares individuals to serve under the supervision of the clergy to meet the pastoral care needs of their parish and of other communities.


  • Family Shelter provides emergency shelter for homeless families, typically for up to 120 days. The shelter has been at capacity (16 families). The funds would be used to fund the day-to-day operations.
  • Trinity Futures Planning Grant: An outreach futures committee was formed in 2016 to explore ways to engage the Cathedral in future mission efforts. The funds would be used for performing additional research and other associated expenses in identifying opportunities.
  • Epworth Children’s Home provides an Independent Living Program to children/adults ranging from 16-25. These are typically children who have been in the Epworth program and have “aged out” and need additional assistance for independent living. The funds would be used to assist in the expenses incurred in housing and providing additional support.
  • Morne Michel: Trinity Cathedral has provided support in many different ways to the children at the school at Morne Michel in Haiti. The funds would be used to provide meals to 350 school children.
  • Cathedral Art Initiative: This program provides high level arts instruction to school children in Columbia. The funds will be used to provide five scholarships to underprivileged children for fairly intensive music lessons (25-weeks). Also, a portion of the funds will be used to pay a music teacher to provide music lessons to the children at St. Lawrence Place.


Welcome Center Entrance Enhancements and Campus-wide Security and Hospitality
The requested funds are for the first year of a multi-year project.

  • Replace the door from the parking lot to the Welcome Center;
  • Replace the door to the south transept porch;
  • Enhance wooden doors from the Parish House to Senate Street and to the Cathedral courtyard;
  • Reinstitute remote buzzer systems, intercom systems, and key fob access at the door from the parking lot and from the elevator lobby;
  • Add remote entry buzzer system, intercom system, and key fob access at the south transept porch door and at the Trinity Center;
  • Add cameras to the entrance at the south transept porch door and the Trinity Center;
  • Centralize camera monitoring, entry buzzer, and intercom systems at the Welcome Center;
  • Add key fob access capability at additional doors; and
  • Add LED exterior lights in parking lots, perimeter locations, and on building walls.


Information on how to apply for a 2019 Vernon Fund Grant will be available late summer 2018.