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    Transitional Assistance Grant (TAG)


    The purpose of the Transitional Assistance Grant (TAG) is to provide access to career transition and outplacement services for Clergy Project participants who are transitioning out of active Ministry. TAG was made possible by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation and is administered by the Clergy Project’s Career Development Committee.


    TAG provides 6 months of Outplacement Services, including skills assessment, resume assistance, linkages to job opportunities and access to professional career advisors who assist in your job search. The cost of this program is paid directly to RiseSmart, the agency responsible for providing TCP Outplacement Services.

    • Career assessment and job search strategy
    • Communication, networking, and social media strategies.
    • Interview preparation, follow up and salary negotiation.
    • Make connections with hiring managers.


    Applicants for assistance must be currently serving as active clergy on a full or part-time basis and commit to seek secular employment. Participants in The Clergy Project’s Online Community of Forums can apply from the private site.


    One of the goals of the Transitional Assistance Grant is to ensure sustainability of the program. Therefore it is anticipated that once applicants have successfully completed Outplacement Services and have secured competitive employment, for a period not less than six months, they will make effort to begin to repay all or part of the Transitional Assistance Grant.

     Feedback from TAG Alumni

    • “My transition specialist gave me invaluable insight as to how to actually search for jobs. I wanted something remote and did not even know there was the ability to search for remote jobs in particular.  She was very encouraging but did not sugar coat our dealings. I totally appreciated her! The resume writer was professional and also gave insight into things to highlight on my resume. She understood the plight of the older job searcher and, during a time when I was feeling not as good about myself as I could be, she was able to find things in my background that I totally forgot about doing!” – Yvette W.
    • “I’m happy with the help I’m getting from Risesmart. Lorraine has been impressive with preparing my resume, and Cassandra is quick to respond to my emails with sound advice. After having been discouraged for a while, it has been a boost to get their help.” – David M.
    • “I have had nothing but help and good experience with my Transition Specialist. Nothing but help from my resume writer and a great summary of how my resume needed focus and polishing.” – Buck M.
    • “No problems and no concerns. Still in the beginning stages. I’m in no hurry. Things are going well. It seems a re-working of my resume is in process, and from there I will receive help with cover-letters a better focus on how I can transition from what I have been doing since grad-school to finding a “real-world job” – as a couple of my friends call it. So, all is well!” – Buck M.
    • “[My Transition Specialist] cared and was very encouraging. She understood the difficult emotional situation I found myself in and was patient. She kept her promises and was “there for me” at a time when I needed someone who understood.”
    • “I’m sorry that our time working together is ending. I appreciate the work you’ve done to help me.”
    • “Because the people at RiseSmart genuinely care about their clients, keep their commitments, display professionalism and expertise, I am confident they could help almost anyone find a job.”
    • “Wanted to let you know that I received a job offer. Thank you for all your help.”