It can be difficult to imagine possibilities when budgets are tight. These grants are designed to explore new ways to grow congregations and meet the needs of a changing world, especially what parish life might look like beyond the pandemic, and by developing and strengthening collaborative models of ministry with grants of up to $20,000. We encourage applicants to think of the grant as a leverage for ministry, helping to galvanize or encourage an endeavor for which there is existing energy and support.
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Congregational Growth Grants are intended to provide funds for initiatives that foster congregational growth through collaborative models of ministry, but given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, ministry might look a bit different than before.
Grants are awarded in amounts up to $20,000. All grants are considered one-time grants unless explicitly indicated in the application, and multi-year grants must include a strong evaluative process and decreasing dependence on diocesan funds in successive years. The diocese reserves the right to withhold funds in successive years without demonstrated progress. That said, re-application is welcome in those circumstances where a worthy idea has been incubated and further support from the diocese would be helpful.
Consideration will be only given to applications that
- Remain consistent with the priorities of the diocese,
- Demonstrate a clear need for which other funds are not available,
- Have received commitment from parish leaders, and
- Include a financial contribution, though not necessarily matching, from the applying parish(es), and
- Consideration of grant will include parochial support of the diocese.
The diocese will be especially pleased to consider applications that
- Emphasize the technology needed to go forward with a hybrid worship milieu.
- Support communications, technology, and alternative worship styles.
- Foster collaborative ministry by harnessing the potential of two or more parishes.
Alignment with the diocesan strategic plan, bearing in mind the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism.
Preference will also be given to parishes with demonstrated interest in the collaborative regional gatherings and are tithing or consistently increasing their diocesan pledge towards a tithe. Grant applications with profit as outcome – no matter the motive – will not be considered.
Diocesan Council will review applications based on recommendations from a committee of members of council, leaders in the Diocese appointed by the Bishop and Church House staff.
Recipients must accommodate site visits and/or phone conversations from committee representatives during the life cycle of the initiative to assess progress.
CONGREGATIONAL GROWTH GRANTS COMMITTEE
The Rev. William Stafford-Whittaker