There are many grant opportunities for parishes to explore. These are a few available to all parishes.
Congregational Renewal Grants
Each year the Diocese of Bethlehem awards grants to congregations that need short-term assistance to meet their goals. These congregations may be new congregations; established parishes that demonstrate a vision and mission for new ministry or outreach; are in a transition; or, are addressing unique or an emerging need in their community. The Grants Committee, while providing for financial support for both old and new congregations, focuses on encouraging planning as well as on exploring new models for ministry. You can download the information and grant application form here.
The Diocese of Bethlehem grants funds primarily through the New Hope Campaign. One quarter of the funds raised are dedicated to new ministry in Northeast Pennsylvania. For more information on the New Hope Campaign program in Northeast Pennyslvaina please see that of the web site here.
The New Hope Grants Committee is now ready to receive and consider requests for disbursements from the New Hope Campaign. The total amount we are able to grant for the 2012-13 calendar year is $70,000. This is the last year of major grants. Therefore, we are inviting Letters of Intent from parishes and Episcopal-related organizations within the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. The Deadline for Letters of Intent is now closed.
The Committee members are The Rev. Elizabeth Miller, The Rev. Christ Sutton, The Rev. Larry Holman, The Archdeacon, Mr. Charlie Barebo, the bishops, and myself.
The Letter of Intent should contain:
- The Mission Statement of the parish/organization
- A summary of the proposal including a brief project description
- An outline of the focus and scope (who will be served?)
- Amount to be requested from the SMC (one time or multi-year request)
- Partner churches, agencies, organizations, etc., if any
- Project start date
- Name, e-mail and day and evening telephone number of contact person(s).
Letters of Intent should be sent to The Rev’d Daniel C. Gunn, St. Stephen’s Pro-cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or emailed to email@example.com with “Social Ministry Application” in the subject line.
A member of the Grants Committee will be in contact soon thereafter. These Letters are preliminary proposals and will be considered in the order in which they are received. Applications will be sent after the initial contact.
Talbot Hall Fund
Funds are granted once a year in the Fall with the maximum grant being $5,000.00. Monies may be drawn as needed during the funding year upon our receipt of authorized vouchers.
Our unrestricted grants are for programs which are not part of the on-going maintenance or operation of the organization. We are interested in pilot programs which have the potential to become self-sufficient and in collaborative projects between organizations.
Although we would like to fund every organization which meets our guidelines, the limited money available for grants makes it impossible to do so. For complete instructions and information please see our Talbot Hall Fund page.
Other Grant Opportunities
Bible & Common Prayer Book Society of the Episcopal Church
This society donates Bibles, Prayer Books and Hymnals on the Bishop's endorsement.
Send your application via the Bishop to:
Mr. David Henritzy
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Call 800.334.7626 for more information or an application.
Bishop White Parish Library Association
This association provides money for book grants to parish libraries and clergy.
For more information or an application write to:
Bishop White Parish Library Association
The Rev. B.L. Maguire III
224 Flourtown Rd.
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
or call 215.825.5959.
Church Periodical Club funds
The Church Periodical Club is the recipient of several endowments. These endowments allow The Church Periodical Club to continue to function as a non-profit source for books, magazines, tapes, videos and computer programs free to those who cannot otherwise obtain them.
- The National Books Fund is the older of the two funds within the Church Periodical Club. NBF has limited itself primarily to books and related materials for adults since the advent of the Miles of Pennies Fund. Grant requests come from schools, libraries, individuals, agencies and parishes throughout the Anglican Communion. Funds to cover the requests are donated by individuals, parishes, dioceses and provinces. Receipts from ingatherings conducted in parishes on CPC Sundays are designated for NBF as are returns from an NBF endowment fund. Friends of CPC are encouraged to contribute regularly to the fund or to sponsor specific requests for books.
- The Mary E. Thomas Fund was created as a memorial to one of CPC’s early workers. The income from this fund is added to the National Books Fund and is designated for the purchase of books to be used in the mission field. Please contact the Church Periodical Club for more information.
- The Miles of Pennies Fund was established at the Triennial Meeting in Denver in 2000. This fund is invested to provide income for children’s book needs.
The Constable Fund
[October 11, 2012] There is still time for congregations, dioceses, organizations, institutions and others to apply for the Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grants for the 2012-2013 grant cycle.
Anne Watkins, Executive Council member from the Diocese of Connecticut and current chair of the Constable Fund Grant Review Committee, noted that the deadline for applications is January 2013, “and that’s really right around the corner.”
The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of the Episcopal Church General Convention/Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS).
Recently, the Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grant Review Committee announced a new cycle and process for Constable Fund Grants. A Constable Grant Management task force was constituted by the Executive Council Joint Standing Committee on Governance and Mission (EC-GAM) which made subsequent recommendations resulting in the establishment of the Executive Council Constable Fund Grant Review Committee. That committee was charged with promoting the fund and widening its access to more of the Church.
As stated in the guidelines: “All applications for the 2013 cycle will come from either (1) a programmatic office of the DFMS, (2) one of the General Convention CCABs, (committee commission agency or board) or (3) one of the Provinces of the Episcopal Church. A maximum of one proposal per programmatic office of the DFMS, one proposal per CCAB, and one proposal per Province, will be considered. Dioceses or individuals within a diocese should submit their proposals through their Provincial structure with final submission coming through the recommendation of the Provincial Synod, Provincial Officers or Executive Committee, or other corollary structure within the Province.”
Named for Miss Constable
The Constable Grants were named for Miss Mary Louise Constable, who was a visionary philanthropist. Watkins pointed out, “Hers is an example of faithful witness and generosity in response to an obviously mature and deep understanding of herself as both a disciple of Jesus Christ and as a steward of the blessings bestowed upon her by God.”
In 1935, in the midst of economic catastrophe known as the Great Depression, Miss 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.
Watkins further explained, “Stipulations for use of the fund were also visionary and generous, recognizing in and trusting those who came after her to comply with her wishes while allowing them flexibility in order to carry the mission of God through God’s Church forward into new eras.”
The language of Miss 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.”
“It is the desire of the Executive Council Constable Fund Review Committee that Miss Constable’s example of stewardship, generosity, flexibility, and creativity be values that continue to be honored,” Watkins concluded.
Specific guidelines, suggestions, application form and timetable are available here or http://generalconvention.org/ec
Episcopal Appalachian Ministries Grants
The deadline has been extended for the fall grants in 2012. The new deadline for 2012 is November 15th.
The EAM Small Grants program is intended to help ministries of Appalachian Dioceses with one-time start-up costs for either new ministries or new programs,
Appalachian Initiatives Grants Guidelines
Size of Grants: Grants usually range in size from $500 to $2,000.
· Grants are made to diocesan, parish, or community-based organizations that are within the member dioceses of Episcopal Appalachian Ministries.
· Organizations or individuals applying for grants must have a clear connection and/or relationship to the Episcopal Church.
· These organizations must serve communities in the Appalachian region or urban Appalachian communities outside the region.
· Appalachian Initiative Grants are intended to be used as seed money for ministries and organizations to seize opportunities of a one-time nature and project start-up costs.
· Grants must be for a specific ministry, project or program.
· Successful grant requests would typically be for purchasing specific items (e.g., computer equipment, building supplies, etc.)
· Consideration will be given to projects that involve awarding “scholarships” to participants of programs if the money is being used specifically for those scholarships.
· Requests for money to supplement or cover regular operating expenses such as salaries, will not be awarded. Money for “matching grants” will not be awarded.
· Successful applications will usually involve helping Appalachians address regional issues such as poverty, literacy, health care, unemployment, education, cultural affirmation, or the environment through direct service.
· Applications must be submitted through the local diocese office and be approved and endorsed by the bishop of the diocese. (The bishop of the diocese may appoint a committee for this process at his or her discretion)
· Each diocese will prioritize the applications received to submit to the EAM Small Grants Selection Committee by the deadlines.
· Each member diocese will then be allowed to submit up to 2 applications for each grant period (spring and fall, 4 total for the year).
· Applications will be accepted at any time during the year.
· The Grants Committee typically meets in April and October.
· Usual project start times are July 1 or January 1. Exceptions will be considered.
· Applications for April consideration are due from the diocese to the EAM office by February 28th.
· Applications for October consideration are due from the diocese to the EAM office by August 31st. (Extended to November 15 for 2012)
To download an application click here:
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
Episcopal Church Building Fund - Microloans
The ECBF is offering a special micro loan for parishes that are making strategic changes to their facilities so they can leverage opportunities for revenue generation, with a goal of financial self-sustainability. Examples include relining a church parking lot to make it available for lease, refurbishing of a parish hall for rental, removing church pews to enable mixed use of the worship space, or bringing a kitchen up to code for commercial purposes.
The Building Fund has initially set aside $100,000 for this purpose, to be loaned at a special reduced rate of 3%, less than half the usual interest rate. The origination fee will also be waived. As with all ECBF loans, these are non-mortgage funds, at a fixed rate of interest, with a term up to 15 years, and no pre-payment penalty fee.
Applications with an emphasis on developing creative ways to further a congregation's mission, better integrate into their community, and develop financial sustainability will be given priority. For more information contact the ECBF or submit an application.
The application can be mailed to:
President, Episcopal Church Building Fund
583 Southlake Blvd., Suite A
Richmond, VA 23226
- OR -
E-mail to directly to Julia Groom-Thompson
The Episcopal Church Office for Young Adult and Campus Ministries
The Episcopal Church Office for Young Adult and Campus Ministries is offering two categories of grants:
• A series of Campus Ministries grants to provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative campus ministries or to enhance a current program; grants will range from $3000 to $5000.
• A Leadership Grant to establish a new, or restore a dormant, or reenergize a current campus ministry; the grant will range between $20,000 - $30,000 for a two year period. Leadership Grants reflecting the same amount will be considered for future academic years in this triennium.
The grants are for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Deadline for submitting grant proposals is August 15.
Guidelines, addition information and to submit a proposal(s) here.
Sam McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission, pointed out that additional rounds of grant applications and awardings for this triennium will be available for subsequent academic years.
For more information contact McDonald at email@example.com.
Episcopal Urban School Alliance (EUSA) Grants
Through the generosity of individuals and foundations, NAES has established a rotating grants program for Episcopal Urban School Alliance (EUSA) members to further institutional planning and board development, professional development of faculty and staff, and marketing and recruiting efforts.
Eligibility for these grants is limited to schools that are:
- NAES member schools that are members of EUSA for both the year your school applies and year for which you receive a grant, with all dues and fees fully paid; and
- Regular participants in EUSA-related events.
Grant applications are reviewed by the EUSA Grants Committee consisting of:
- NAES Executive Director and Associate Director;
- One non-EUSA school head; and
- One EUSA school head not applying for/eligible for a grant for that academic year;
The Committee establishes grant priorities each year prior to the call for grant applications and meets once a year to review applications for EUSA grants.
See more information for grant applications here.
The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church
The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church invites applications from individual scholars and academic and ecclesiastical groups for grants to support significant research, conferences, and publications relating to the history of the Church of England, the Anglican communion worldwide, and the Anglican and Episcopal churches in North America. These grants are usually modest in amount: $1000-$2000 generally, though more or less may be awarded depending on the number of awards given and the amount of funds actually available in any particular year. Typical grants would include travel to collections or resources, dissertation research, and seed money for larger projects.
Applications must include:
- A statement of the subject and purpose of the project of no more than 500 words
- A bibliography of the project, no more than a single page
- A concise curriculum vitae
- A projected total budget for the project and the specific amount requested (with a detailed statement of how it will be used). If this is less than the total budget, it must be made clear how a small grant would help and what other resources are available or being pursued
- At least two letters of recommendation (in the case of a graduate student, we expect that one of those letters will be from the project's main supervising professor)
- A sample of recent scholarly writing (an article, essay, or chapter of no more than ten pages)
Our preference is that application materials be sent by email in .pdf format to the Rev. Craig D. Townsend, Historical Society Grants and Research Committee, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Materials may be submitted to Mr. Townsend in hard copy if necessary at the following address:
St. James' Church
865 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10021
Grants will be announced July 2012. It is expected that winners will make an appropriate submission to Anglican and Episcopal History.
Jubilee Ministry Grants
Applications for the Episcopal Church 2013 Jubilee Ministry grants are now being accepted in two categories: Program Development Grant and Program Impact Grants.
“Jubilee Centers are a vital and vibrant part of the mission of the Episcopal Church in our walk with those in need, and the current triennium will see a refocusing and re-strengthening of commitment to make a meaningful impact in communities across the country in our work of poverty alleviation,” explained the Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson, Episcopal Church Domestic Poverty Missioner.
Jubilee Ministries are congregations or agencies with connections to the Episcopal Church whose mission work affect the lives of those in need, addressing basic human needs and justice issues.
Application forms are available here.
The Program Development Grant, up to $35,000, will be awarded to a new or existing ministry that can demonstrate a new or re-visioned strategy and methodology to make an impact both locally and beyond itself.
Ten to 20 Program Impact Grants, ranging from $750 to $1,500 each, will be awarded to initiatives of Jubilee Centers that make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of those in need.
Deadline is Friday, December 13. Grant recipients will be announced the week of January 6, 2014. The next granting cycle and procedure will be announced in the fall of 2014.
For more information contact Stevenson at email@example.com.
Margaret Coffin Prayer Book Society
This society provides free Prayer Books & Hymnals on request with Bishop's endorsement. Priority goes to missions and institutions; parishes are granted assistance only in emergencies.
Send application via the Bishop to:
The Rev. R.W. Golledge
Hampton, NH 03843-0816
Mission Enterprise Zones and New Church Starts Grant
The Five Marks of Mission triennial budget, approved by General Convention July 2012, allots $2 million for the work of establishing Mission Enterprise Zones and for supporting New Church Starts for the First Mark of Mission, To proclaim the Good news of the Kingdom.
Matching grants are available for up to $20,000 for a Mission Enterprise Zone and up to $100,000 for New Church Starts.
General Convention 2012’s Resolution A073 established “the Mission Enterprise Fund, to be administered by a grants committee for that purpose established by the Executive Council, with $1 million for the 2013–2015 triennium.” It also states that “Diocesan Standing Committees and Bishops partner to create ‘Mission Enterprise Zones,’ defined as a geographic area, as a group of congregations or as an entire diocese committed to mission and evangelism that engages under-represented groups, including youth and young adults, people of color, poor and working-class people, people with a high-school diploma or less, and/or people with little or no church background or involvement.” Text here.
“Mission Enterprise Zones can be sponsored from revitalizing congregations as well as from revitalize dioceses,” the Rev. Thomas Brackett, Episcopal Church Missioner for New Church Starts and Missional Initiatives, said. “These Mission Enterprise Zones offer wonderful opportunities for revival.”
The grant application information is available here
Online applications will be accepted beginning August 5.
Deadline for applications is September 28.
Applications will be considered by the Local Mission and Ministry Committee of Executive Council, serving as the review committee for the grant applications.
Grants will be awarded October. Funds will be available beginning October 2013.
Brackett is developing a calendar of regional educational forums across the Episcopal Church and noted, “Funding for Mission Enterprise Zones is but one part of a two-way partnership. Ministry leaders are invited to join this emerging churchwide learning community as well as partner with these matching funds. To start with, leaders from across the church will offer best practices and fresh learnings in the following areas: developing a ministry plan; casting a compelling vision for ministry; gathering the core team; recruiting allies in the local dioceses; completing the online application; and crafting a plan to invite and welcome the surrounding community.”
For more information contact Brackett at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Association of Episcopal Schools Outreach Fund Grants
Each school year NAES distributes 10% of its budgeted Annual Fund goal (but not less than $12,000) as grants to members, associate members, and regional, state, or diocesan Episcopal schools organizations. These grants support projects commensurate with the mission and philosophy of the Association.
For more information and to download application forms, see their website here.
Roanridge Trust Grant
[June 26, 2013] Applications are now accepted for the 2014 Roanridge Trust Award Grants, awarded annually for creative models for 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 $5000 to $20,000.
“The Roanridge Trust Award Grants support creative ministry and highlight the important mission in rural areas and small towns across our church,” explained Sam McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission. “These are important places and mission outposts which should be celebrated and supported.”
For more information, application and instructions in English and Spanish here.
Although previous recipients are eligible to apply, priority is given to new applications.
Application deadline is September 1.
The 2014 grants will be announced on November 15.
The Roanridge Trust was established by the Cochel family, who originally gave a working farm in Missouri called Roan ridge to the Episcopal Church. The interest from the sale of the farm generates the grant funds.
For more info on Roanridge Trust here.
Questions about the Roanridge Trust and the application process can be addressed to McDonald at email@example.com.
Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church for the Advancement of Christianity in Pennsylvania (a.k.a. the Long Name Society)
Provides assistance for a variety of needs. Appropriations have been made for repairs and installation of heating systems, roof and spouting repairs, driveways and parking lot repaving, carpeting, overdue bills, rectory repairs electrical improvements, etc.
Grants made in January, May and October. Deadlines for applications to be in the Diocesan Office are December 15, April 15 and September 15.
To apply: Send letter of request stating your need in detail along with an appraisal of the present work and a copy of your recent parochial report. Must have approval of the Bishop.
Send application via the Bishop to:
3430 Arabian Drive
Jackson, WY 83001
or call 307-733-2644
We make grants to qualifying groups worldwide, thinking globally but meeting the needs of local communities. Our areas of interest include childhood development, youth and family programs, Christian leadership and missionary training, Christian-based schools, neighborhood clinics and community centers.
By contrast, we do not support political or lobbying organizations, government funded programs or groups, annual capital campaigns, national or international umbrella organizations or disaster relief.
For more information, please see their grants page: http://stollerfoundation.org/grants/
United Thank Offering
The United Thank Offering supports programs that address compelling human needs by supporting the alleviation of poverty, both domestically and internationally, within the Anglican provinces, dioceses, and companion dioceses.
The United Thank Offering supports projects:
- That address poverty of women and children
- That make significant impact
- That demonstrate new and innovative work
The United Thank Offering will not fund:
- Capital fund campaigns or debt reductions
- Deferred maintenance
- Operational budgets, meaning the proposed budget and program is the same as the year before
- Debts obligated or incurred before the date of the grant award
- Purchase of consumable items (e.g., food, medicine, paper goods, toiletries, fuel, etc.)
- Scholarships, tuition, camp fees, and attendance incentives
- Emergency response
In Episcopal dioceses within the United States, the United Thank Offering will not fund:
- Previously funded requests
- Capital improvements that do not expand capacity to meet compelling human need or mission and ministry need in disadvantaged situations
- Programs regarded to be diocesan operating budgets
Applications become available in October of each year. Contact UTO for an application form. The diocese may only submit 2 requests per year, so the applications will go through a diocesan screening committee. Applications are due to the screening committee by late December (exact date will be published each year). The chosen applications will then be submitted to the bishop by early January as they require the bishop's recommendation.