Congregational Growth Grants
The diocese believes passionately in the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and is committed to the revitalization and growth of our local congregations and creating fresh expressions of Episcopal worshipping communities. To that end, the diocesan congregational growth grants offer an opportunity for parishes and ministries to dream.
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 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.
Apply for a Grant
Congregational Growth Grants are intended to provide funds for initiatives that foster congregational growth through collaborative models of ministry.
Grants are awarded in amounts up to $20,000 and will be distributed during a twelve-month period, with potential for reduced or expanded time according to circumstances.
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 partnership with 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).
The diocese will be especially pleased to consider applications that
Foster collaborative ministry by harnessing the potential of two or more parishes, and
Focus on growing congregations through evangelism, mission and/or justice work.
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 two site visits from Diocesan representatives during the life cycle of the initiative to assess progress.