GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

At its February meeting, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church awarded $821,000 in grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, to fund the start of 20 new ministries throughout the Church.

The grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, which are evangelistic ministries with populations that are under-represented in the church, are funded through General Convention 2015 Resolution D005, approved as part of the Jesus Movement priority to build a capacity for church planting in the Episcopal Church. 

The Genesis Group - the Advisory Group of Executive Council’s Joint Standing Committee on Local Ministry and Mission - received and reviewed 35 grant requests. Executive Council approved $821,000 in matching grants to the following ministry applications.

  • $510,000: six new church starts                                                                    
  • $85,000: one renewing ministry (started in the last triennium)
  • $100,000: two Hybrid/Mission Enterprise Zone grants
  • $100,000: five new Mission Enterprise Zones
  • $26,000: six discernment grants

The following are the grant recipients and a brief description from the Rev. Thomas Brackett, Episcopal Church Manager for Church Planting and Mission Development. Links to these ministries are here.

New Church Starts

Episcopal Church Parker County, Diocese of Fort Worth - $100,000
This ministry will plant an Episcopal Church in the middle of the largest new community currently being built in the United States (projected population of 50,000 residents). In a state where churchgoing is still the norm, many of these families will be looking for a church to attend. The Episcopal Church of Parker County, which already has roots in the area, plans to welcome them with traditional worship in the context of a generous, inclusive, Gospel-based ministry.
 
Communidad Latina de San Dunstan, Diocese of Oklahoma - $100,000
This grant funds a Latino Mission Developer Team for St. Dunstan's in Tulsa, OK where a new Spanish-speaking faith community has begun to grow. This community is now larger than many Anglo congregations, and, to keep the momentum going, the diocesan leadership is convinced that this is the moment to approach this as an official church plant. Their long-term vision is to use St. Dunstan's as a "ministry incubator." Amid this stable and supportive congregation, they plan to form a mission team made up of clergy, lay missioners, Christian educators and musicians. When phase one is complete, and the community at St. Dunstan's is firmly rooted, the mission team will work to facilitate the next church plant in Tulsa. Collaboration and mutuality will be foundational attributes of this ministry.
 
Misa Magdalena, Diocese of Washington - $100,000
The vision for this new Latino Hispanic ministry in the Aspen Hill community of Washington, DC emerged from the ministry developer’s relationships with local community leaders. They invited her to come start a new church in their community, similar to the successful Latino Hispanic congregation she recently started elsewhere. This is to be a sacramental, bilingual neighborhood church in a community with one of the highest concentrations of Latinos in the Washington DC area. Their evangelism and outreach is focused on neighbors who are un-churched or under-churched.

Sudanese Congregation at St. Paul’s, Diocese of Central NY - $50,000
This new ministry serving those resettled from Sudan is an important ministry in a growing and under-represented part of the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Central New York and local congregations are keen to support the Rev. Rebecca Amour who is one of the first women priests ordained in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. This congregation is already growing; weekly attendance is already averaging more than 50 and new families are joining regularly.

Senor de la Misercordia, a partnership between the Episcopal Churches and the Lutheran Churches in Iowa - $100,000
Señor de la Misericordia is a new Hispanic church community being planted within Trinity Episcopal Church in Denison, IA, in partnership with the Western Iowa Synod, ELCA. Denison's Hispanic population has grown to nearly 50% of the town's population, and continues to grow at a rate of 39% per year. The town's only elementary school is located across the street from Trinity Episcopal Church, with two-thirds of students speaking Spanish. The church is in a prime location for reaching these families, equipping them for Christ's mission and ministry. The Rev. Filemon Diaz, an ELCA pastor with a track record of developing new Hispanic congregations, has been called to lead this new faith community.

Two Cultures, One Body in Christ, Diocese of New Jersey - $60,000
The Diocese of New Jersey is launching a Latino Hispanic church planting initiative in Monmouth County. This initiative builds on a successful pilot program in which their missioner successfully planted two new Hispanic/Latino congregations in partnership with two existing non-Hispanic congregations (All Saints, Lakewood and St. Thomas, Red Bank) in the region. A third church plant at Christ Church, Toms River is currently in progress and demonstrating similar success. The process of building these new faith communities and moving Hispanic and non-Hispanic congregations into relationship, cultural understanding, and common worship with each other has been - and continues to be - mutually and continually transformational. This next phase of ministry seeks to build on the experience and momentum from the pilot program by adding resources and developing new practices to expand the program to include Trinity Church in Asbury Park.

Renewing ministry
Church on the Square, Diocese of Maryland - $85,000
The faith community known as “Church on the Square, Canton” has made great progress in these last two years, forming a faith community in full partnership with the ELCA Maryland Synod. Since funded in the last triennium, the leaders have been energetically tilling the relational soil of this culturally diverse neighborhood and this ministry is taking off. They have rehabilitated the sanctuary that Lutheran partners offered and they have established themselves as the “heart of the community.” They describe themselves as “an open, creative refuge, respectful of all beliefs … that seeks to build community in service of Southeast Baltimore.  Through addressing wellness and environmental issues; nurturing arts and culture; enriching our common life together through faith, spirituality and doubt, Church on the Square seeks to be an inclusive home for you with Christ at its core.”

“Hybrid” Ministry Starts
Latinos Pa'lante St. Mary's Latino Ministry, Diocese of Massachusetts - $60,000
This will be a Latino Hispanic faith community, sponsored by St Mary’s Episcopal Church (Dorchester MA) and the Diocese. The ministry plan describes growing the Latino presence at St. Mary's through starting an additional service in Spanish on Sundays; through consciously and intentionally connecting with the various ministries that currently work with and impact the lives of Latinos in Dorchester and through the expansion of their parish identity to include the wide-diversity of Latino identities.

The Divine Office, Diocese of Los Angeles - $40,000
The Divine Office (TDO) is an ecumenical sacred co-working community for young adults who work independently, especially spiritual seekers and those who self-identify as "spiritual not religious." TDO integrates spiritual practices of monastic communities with the secular phenomenon of creative co-work spaces, becoming a day monastery of sorts for freelancers, entrepreneurs and remote workers. TDO will be located on the campus of St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica, on the far west side of Los Angeles, a downtown neighborhood of office, retail and apartment buildings where virtually all coffee shop seats fill up by 8 am with freelancers working on their laptops. In this bustling landscape, TDO will offer the sanctuary of a supportive community, rooted in Christ, a place to settle into a rule of life with the rhythm of daily prayer, meditation and worship punctuating the beginning, middle and end of the workday. TDO will be a community where young adults can forge relationships, discover and nurture their faith and explore how their spiritual and vocational lives inform one another and feed into all aspects of their lives.

Mission Enterprise Zones

St. Luke’s Ministry Interns, Diocese of Olympia - $20,000
This will be a residential community of graduate level theology and psychology interns focused on contextualized ministry in a church and neighborhood with a significant population of hungry and unsheltered folks. This ministry will host experiential learning ventures in a diverse, urban and rapidly changing environment. Their ministries will be focused on the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle; the congregation reflects the significant diversity of the neighborhood in income, ethnic make-up and age. Their meals program “Edible Hope” offers ministry with their non-white neighbors, of all ages. Their resident interns serve as a bridge between the worlds of residents and the worlds of the homeless.

Between the Ridges, Diocese of Spokane - $20,000
Between the Ridges will coordinate a new monthly worship service at Noah's Ark Homeless Shelter in Wapato, WA on the Yakima Reservation in central Washington. This new worship service will be shepherded by Episcopal volunteers, as well as a diversity of ecumenical partners who support Noah's Ark, with the goal of developing leadership among the homeless. These leaders in formation will become the core of the worshipping community. Radical hospitality - a central value of Noah's Ark Homeless Shelter - will help to shape the liturgy which will evolve through reflection on their practice, over time. They seek to reimagine a worshipping community that moves beyond the privileged welcoming people to "our" community, to forming a new community on the margins, in which we all together receive the welcome of Jesus.

The Center for Mission and Ministry at St. Paul’s, Diocese of Kansas - $20,000
The Center for Mission and Ministry will be a dynamic association of ministries united under one roof, sharing a common vision, congruent values, and practical resources to holistically engage their neighbors in body, mind, and spirit. This Kansas City ministry unites three Episcopal institutions in one location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, a 160-year-old Episcopal parish providing opportunities in English and Spanish for Christian formation, worship and service; Episcopal Community Services, leading hunger relief and anti-poverty efforts for the Episcopal Church in the Dioceses of Kansas and West Missouri; and St. Francis Community Services, dedicated to the needs of children, youth and families through advocacy, programs, and services. This strategic partnership will offer worship in English and Spanish, a co-operative food pantry, daily meal service integrating healthy eating and healthy lifestyle protocols, nutrition and cooking classes, a community garden, a Youth After-School Program incorporating life and job skills training, Yoga, ESL, Zumba, and 12-step programs.

Franklinton Cycleworks, Diocese of Southern Ohio - $20,000
Franklinton Cycleworks (FCW) was born in response to a material need within the community of Franklinton, OH as well as a shared longing for connectedness. The leaders are helping people overcome transportation barriers by helping them fix and maintain their bicycles; teaching bike maintenance skills in the process. Many of the shop patrons have become volunteers themselves and now assist and teach others. While many of their patrons and volunteers are residents of Franklinton (a downtown neighborhood of Columbus, OH), others come from elsewhere and from different backgrounds. It's therefore not uncommon to see a homeless man teach a middle-class college student how to fix a flat or a jobless addict be greeted by a business CEO with dignity and respect. FCW seeks to nourish this growing sense of community and fully live into their calling as a sacred front porch or Third Place for the neighborhood.

Proyecto para una panadería y pastelería, Diocese of Ecuador - $20,000
This new ministry will offer healing and hope to their community by founding a bakery at the back of their church. They will sell a variety of baked goods and other products but they will freely share the Gospel. As bread is a dietary staple in the Ecuadoran diet and as good bread is in great demand, this initiative will also offer work for the young people and women attending the church as well as those yet unemployed. Many of these families had to move from Emeraldas to this Guayaquil neighborhood, following the earthquake and the destruction of their homes in April 2016.

Discernment grants (offered to assist with the costs of developing a solid ministry plan that we might fund in the next triennium)
Two new Latino Hispanic Church Starts, Diocese of Dallas – $5,000
This is to discern the possibility of two Latino Hispanic church plants in the Diocese of Dallas.

Christ Church Bayfield, Diocese of Eau Claire - $3,000
This is an opportunity to partner with the Diocese of Eau Claire and with Native American Ministries. This discernment grant is to assist with the assessment, training, and coaching of leadership in the re-start of a church in Bayfield, WI adjacent to the Redcliffe Reservation.

Diocese of Newark - $5000 discernment grant
In support of the Diocese of Newark as they plan to develop a new faith community. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new church start.

Diocese of Olympia - $3000 discernment grant

In support the Diocese of Olympia as it plans to develop a new faith community. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new church start.

Diocese of Iowa - $5000 discernment grant

In support of the Diocese of Iowa as it develops a new faith community focused on racial reconciliation. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new initiative.

Diocese of Arkansas - $5000 discernment grant

In support of the Diocese of Arkansas as they plant a new church focused on local food and farming. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new initiative.

For more information contact Brackett.

At its October 2016 meeting, Executive Council approved the first round of grants totaling $1,797,000 for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, funding 34 new communities and initiatives.

 

At its February meeting, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church awarded $821,000 in grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, to fund the start of 20 new ministries throughout the Church. The grants for church planting and

Eight grants, totaling $69,400, have been awarded in the first round of grantmaking managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its February meeting.

Grants were awarded to:

  • Episcopal Earthkeepers Circle, Diocese of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN to develop an online repository of sermon starters, sample sermons and ideas for creation care themed preaching: $5,000.
  • Charis Community at Grace Church, Charlottesville VA to support a young adult intentional community’s permaculture best practices initiative which invites community and nearby churches into sacred appreciation of the land: $7400.
  • St. Mark’s Church, San Marcos, TX to develop a pilot Water-Spirit-Wisdom program around the estuary to the San Antonio Bay for local congregations. The pilot program will be tested and revised for broad based sharing around the church: $10,000.
  • Honore Farm and Mill, Larkspur, CA, expand the Farm to Altar program to a new location for the growing of and stone milling of organic heirloom wheat for environmental education through communion bread baking: $10,000
  • The Abundant Table, Ventura, CA, to expand the Eco-Spanish Language Bible and Book study for farmworkers, develop the Eco-farm church for young families and youth groups: $10,000.
  • Iowa Creation Stewards, Diocese of Iowa, to develop four regional working groups organized around watersheds to cultivate land, develop worship materials and lead forums on faith and the land: $10,000.
  • Episcopal Church in New Hampshire, to support for a 40 day spiritual journeys of renewal and restoration via canoes and kayaks along the Connecticut River involving all the New England dioceses. Worship materials, rituals and prayers will be shared broadly around the church for others to replicate: $7000
  • Diocese of Haiti, Centre Agriculture, to develop a drip-irrigation use system as a practical need for orchards and field crops. Use as a model of water conversation for other communities and congregations who will learn about the system: $10,000

The Advisory Council was created by General Convention 2015, enabled by Resolution A030,  and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.

Twenty applications were received in the first round. Applicants whose requests were not funded are eligible to revise and re-submit their requests in the second round of funding, which is open now.

Further information regarding this grant process and how to submit an application is available here.

Members of the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation are: Bishop Marc Andrus, Co-Chair, Diocese of California; the Rev. Stephanie Johnson, Co-Chair, Diocese of Connecticut; Paul Anton, Diocese of Minnesota; the Rev. Jerry Cappel, Diocese of Kentucky; the Rev. Patrick Funston, Diocese of Kansas; the Rev. Esther Georges, Diocese of the Virgin Islands; Perry Hodgkins Jones, Diocese of Atlanta; the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Diocese of Delaware; the Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Diocese of Western Michigan; Kelly Phelan, Diocese of Los Angeles; Peter Sergienko, Diocese of Oregon; Dr. Andrew Thompson, Diocese of  East Tennessee; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ex Officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Ex Officio; Jayce Hafner, staff liaison.

 

 

Eight grants, totaling $69,400, have been awarded in the first round of grantmaking managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its February meeting. Grants were awarded

Applications are now accepted for grants to assist with young adults and campus ministries in the Episcopal Church.

Grants are intended to provide funding for an Episcopal ministry (or ecumenical ministry with an Episcopal presence) in a diocese, congregation, or community college/tribal college/university campus that is currently engaging or seeking a new relationship with young adults on and off college campuses.

Grants are for the 2017-18 academic year.  A total of $128,000 is available for this cycle, with a total of $400,000 available this triennium.

Information, application guidelines and other important data are located here.

The application is available here.

Deadline for submitting grants is April 10 by 10 pm Eastern.

There are three categories of grants:

Leadership Grant: to establish a new, restore a dormant, or reenergize a current campus ministry. Grant will range from $20,000-$30,000 and can be used over a two-year period.

Campus Ministry Grants: to provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative campus ministries or to enhance a current ministry. Grants will range from $3,000-$5,000.

Young Adult Ministry Grants: to provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative young adult ministries or to enhance a current ministry. Grants range from $3,000-$5,000.

Preference in selection will be given to projects that:

  • are collaborative and bring members of the community together.
  • bring new learning into a community.
  • prepare young adults for leadership and/or provide training for young adults.
  • reach those who are traditionally least likely to seek out a campus ministry or other Episcopal young adult ministry.
  • address the priorities of General Convention.
  • promote reconciliation, evangelism or environmental stewardship.

Ministers in charge of ministry grants are expected to attend any churchwide gatherings of campus or young adult ministers sponsored by the Episcopal Church during the term of the grant. The Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference is slated for June 25-28 in Austin, Texas.

For more information contact the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministry or Valerie Harris, Formation Associate.

Applications are now accepted for grants to assist with young adults and campus ministries in the Episcopal Church. Grants are intended to provide funding for an Episcopal ministry (or ecumenical ministry with an Episcopal presence) in a diocese,

Applications are now being accepted for educational scholarships from the Episcopal Church for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The scholarships are derived from annual income of designated trust funds established by generous donors through bequests to the Episcopal Church.  The scholarships assist students who are mostly enrolled in theological education and training.

Scholarships are available for educational training for ethnic communities, children of missionaries, bishops and clergy, and other groups covering a wide range of eligibility.

Margareth Crosnier de Bellaistre, Episcopal Church Director of Investment Management and Banking, explained that the scholarship amounts vary according to the availability of payouts from the funds.  The maximum is $10,000.

The lists of trust funds and scholarships as well as key information are here.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read each trust and identify in the application those trust funds that best fit their own profile.

Among the requirements for applying for the scholarships are that the applicant must be an Episcopalian and must have the endorsement of his/her bishop.

The application form is available in English here and in Spanish here.

Online applications are required. Deadline for applications is March 31.  Only complete applications will be considered.

Applications are reviewed by a scholarship committee composed of representatives from the Episcopal Church Executive Council, the church-at-large, the treasurer’s office and various other ministries of the Episcopal Church.

For information, contact Ann Hercules, Associate for Grants and Scholarships. 

 

 

Applications are now being accepted for educational scholarships from the Episcopal Church for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships are derived from annual income of designated trust funds established by generous donors through bequests to

The Episcopal Church Executive Council, at its February meeting in Linthicum Heights, MD, approved the recipients of the Constable Fund Grants, totaling $380,000 for seven projects.

The Constable Fund Grant Review Committee was chaired by the Rev. Tanya Wallace, an Executive Council member from the Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of the Episcopal Church as approved by General Convention. Wallace explained, “The criteria used for the ranking, in conjunction with the expectations of the grant and its benefactor, were a clear focus on religious education, potential impact of the project, cost-effectiveness and clarity of budget, level of collaboration, and consistency with the priorities of General Convention and the Episcopal Church.”

Wallace said the Executive Council Constable Grant Review Committee received 16 applications, which carried combined requests totaling over $1.2 million.

Recipients

The following seven projects receiving 2017 Constable Grants are:

  • Building Bridges (Province VII): Support for creative multi-diocese Province VII antiracism project. $29,000.
  • Red Shirt Table (Province VI): Support for convocation on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with Presiding Bishop's presence. $40,000.
  • Province IX Youth and Young Adult Event Leadership Development (Province IX and Episcopal Church Office of Formation): Support for project to create Spanish language Episcopal Youth Event in Province IX. $40,000.
  • Province II Forming Christians (Province II/Diocese of New Jersey): Support to create web-based interactive Christian formation videos for use in the home with families. $50,000.
  • Love God, Love Neighbor (Episcopal Migration Ministries): Support for regional educational trainings designed to empower Episcopalians to be agents of reconciliation in the world as allies, advocates, and ambassadors for their refugee neighbors. $60,000.
  • Episcopal Asset Map (Episcopal Church Office of Communications): Support to continue important work of the map through rebuilding the site, in partnership with the Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development. $60,000.
  • Our Stories Speak of God (Episcopal Church Office of Evangelism and Reconciliation): Support for collaborative churchwide project to grow faith and relationship through stories (evangelism and reconciliation). $101,000.

Named for Mary Louise Constable

The Constable Grants were named for Mary Louise Constable, who was a visionary philanthropist.  In 1935, in the midst of economic catastrophe known as the Great Depression, Constable made a monetary gift to the Episcopal Church to establish the Constable Fund.  Her desire and intent to add periodically to the fund during her lifetime was realized and culminated with a very generous final gift at the time of her death in 1951. The language of Constable’s will states that the fund exists “in perpetuity … to apply the net income for the purposes of the Society, preferably for the work in religious education not provided for within the Society’s budget.

The Episcopal Church Executive Council, at its February meeting in Linthicum Heights, MD, approved the recipients of the Constable Fund Grants, totaling $380,000 for seven projects. The Constable Fund Grant Review Committee was chaired by the Rev.

The 2017 United Thank Offering grants for seven seminarians and four young adults were approved by Executive Council at its February meeting.

The focus of the grants is The Jesus Movement.

The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering awards grants for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church.

Seminarian Grant Awards

  • A Good and Joyful Thing: Meaningful Eucharistic Liturgies for Children and Families; Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; $1,210; Emily J. Garcia, Diocese of Massachusetts
  • The Episcopal Church Resource Center on Second Life; Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; $2,500; Cheryl McFaddin, Diocese of East Carolina
  • Journey Together at the Abundant Table Farm (JT@theAT); Episcopal Divinity School; $2,500; Lisa Devine, Diocese of Los Angeles
  • Shared Struggles; Collective Liberation: A Holy Land Pilgrimage; The School of Theology at the University of the South; $1,997.97; Kevin-Antonio Smallwood, Diocese of Western Massachusetts
  • Equipping Episcopal Seminarians to Nourish Children Spiritually through Godly Play; Seminary of the Southwest; $2,400; Reagan Gonzalez, Diocese of Montana
  • Capturing the Beauty Way, Hozho; Virginia Theological Seminary; $2,500; Leon Sampson, Navajoland Area Mission
  • If You Really Knew Me: A Series of Conversations Tilted Towards Reconciliation; Virginia Theological Seminary; $2,500; Kathleen Walker, Diocese of Southeast Florida

Young Adult Grant Awards

  • Evangelism Intern to the University of Arkansas; Samantha Haycock, Diocese of Arkansas, $2,500
     
  • Cheii’s Web Development; Ryan Sam, Navajoland Area Mission; $2,330.07
  • The Episcopal Church Stands with Standing Rock; Patrick Kelly, Diocese of North Dakota    , $2,500
  • Young Adult Leadership Development – Union of Black Episcopalians; Darius Jenkins, Diocese of Southern Ohio; $2,500

More information

Descriptions of the grants are located here

For more information contact the Rev. Heather Melton, Missioner for the United Thank Offering.

 

 

 

The 2017 United Thank Offering grants for seven seminarians and four young adults were approved by Executive Council at its February meeting. The focus of the grants is The Jesus Movement. The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote

The application deadline nears for the 2017 Roanridge Trust Award Grants from the Episcopal Church.

The Roanridge Trust Award Grants are provided annually for creative models of leadership development, training and ministries in small towns and rural communities across the Episcopal Church. 

Dioceses, congregations and Episcopal-related organizations and institutions are invited to apply for the grants which generally range from $5,000 to $20,000.

More information, application and instructions in English is here and in Spanish here

Although previous recipients are eligible to apply, priority is given to new applications.

Application deadline is February 3.  Applications must be submitted to roanridge@episcopalchurch.org.

“The Roanridge Trust Award Grants support creative ministry and highlight the many unique ways we encounter and serve Jesus in rural and small towns across our church,” commented the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation. “The wisdom and models we develop in these sites can help to teach and grow churches everywhere, and they should be celebrated and supported.”

Convened by Spellers, applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of an Episcopal Church Executive Council member, a member at large, and Episcopal church staff members.

The Roanridge Trust was established by the Cochel family, who originally gave a working farm in Missouri called Roanridge to the Episcopal Church. Income from the trust generates the grant funds.

Questions about the Roanridge Trust and the application process can be addressed to Ann Hercules, Associate for Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church and Grants.    

 

 

The application deadline nears for the 2017 Roanridge Trust Award Grants from the Episcopal Church. The Roanridge Trust Award Grants are provided annually for creative models of leadership development, training and ministries in small towns and

Applications are now accepted for Conant Grants from the Episcopal Church for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Conant Grant funds are provided for the improvement of seminary-based theological education. Specifically, the grants are directed for the support of research, writing and course development undertaken by faculty members at the recognized Episcopal seminaries in the United States.

Information, instructions, and application are available here.

Deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 10. Grant recipients will be announced in March.

The funds are derived from a trust fund established by William S. and Mary M. Conant in 1953. 

For more information and to submit an application, contact Ann Hercules, Associate for Mission Beyond the Church and Grants.

Applications will be reviewed by the Conant Committee: Bishop Brian Thom of Idaho, chair; Episcopal Church Chief Financial Officer Kurt Barnes; the Rev. Ann Kitsch, Canon for Ministry Formation and Transitions, Bethlehem; Executive Council Members Canon Dr. Steven Nishibayashi of Los Angeles and Bishop Dabney Smith of Southwestern Florida.

 

Applications are now accepted for Conant Grants from the Episcopal Church for the 2017-2018 academic year. Conant Grant funds are provided for the improvement of seminary-based theological education. Specifically, the grants are directed for the

Applications are now accepted for the 2017 Roanridge Trust Award Grants from the Episcopal Church.

The Roanridge Trust Award Grants are provided annually for creative models of leadership development, training and ministries in small towns and rural communities across the Episcopal Church. 

Dioceses, congregations and Episcopal-related organizations and institutions are invited to apply for the grants which generally range from $5,000 to $20,000.

“The Roanridge Trust Award Grants support creative ministry and highlight the many unique ways we encounter and serve Jesus in rural and small towns across our church,” commented the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation. “The wisdom and models we develop in these sites can help to teach and grow churches everywhere, and they should be celebrated and supported.”

More information, application and instructions in English is here and in Spanish here

Although previous recipients are eligible to apply, priority is given to new applications.

Application deadline is February 3.  Applications must be submitted to roanridge@episcopalchurch.org.

Convened by Spellers, applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of an Episcopal Church Executive Council member, a member at large, and Episcopal church staff members.

The Roanridge Trust was established by the Cochel family, who originally gave a working farm in Missouri called Roanridge to the Episcopal Church. Income from the trust generates the grant funds.

Questions about the Roanridge Trust and the application process can be addressed to Ann Hercules, Associate for Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church and Grants.    

Applications are now accepted for the 2017 Roanridge Trust Award Grants from the Episcopal Church. The Roanridge Trust Award Grants are provided annually for creative models of leadership development, training and ministries in small towns and

Applications are now accepted for the 2017 United Thank Offering grants.  The application forms are available here.

The focus for the 2017 United Thank Offering grants is Evangelism – Reconciliation: Following Jesus’ way of creating loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with God, each other, and all creation.

“This is the Jesus Movement and the United Thank Offering is a part of the Jesus Movement,” commented Sandra K. Squires, Ed.D., United Thank Offering Board President. “Join us as the United Thank Offering continues its tradition of thankfulness by awarding grants for 2017.”

Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. United Thank Offering was founded to support innovative mission and ministry that the Episcopal Church budget has not yet expanded to fund and to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church.  The funds are not permitted for the continuation of ongoing ministries.

Detailed guidelines for applying for the grants are here. The deadline is 5 pm Eastern on March 3, 2017.

The list of allowable and projects not eligible are listed here.

Important notes

The guidelines in detail are available here.
 

Please note:

The United Thank Offering will accept:

  • grant applications for start-up costs of a new ministry.
  • one grant application per diocese within The Episcopal Church;
  • one additional application for a companion grant from a diocese of The Episcopal Church may be submitted. This relationship may be formed with an aided diocese from The Episcopal Church or with a diocese from The Anglican Communion. The sponsoring bishop with jurisdiction will be responsible for the accounting of the grant.

For more information about guidelines and applications, contact the Rev. Heather Melton, Missioner for United Thank Offering.

Applications are now accepted for the 2017 United Thank Offering grants.  The application forms are available here. The focus for the 2017 United Thank Offering grants is Evangelism – Reconciliation: Following Jesus’ way of creating loving,

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