Available Grant Funding To Support New and Creative Ministry

Funding is currently available through three grant programs offered through The Episcopal Church. Each is listed below with links for more information. Be sure to check the deadlines for application submission – they range from the end of this month to November 1.

2015 Roanridge Trust Award Grants

Applications are now accepted for the 2015 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 application deadline is October 31. Read more.

2014 Jubilee Ministry grant applications

One 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 Tuesday, September 30. Read more.

Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grants

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). Recent Constable Grants have ranged from $5,000 to $200,000. Applications can be submitted by: (1) a programmatic office of the DFMS; (2) one of the General Convention CCABs (committee/commission/agency/board); or (3) one of the Provinces of the Episcopal Church. The deadline for applications is November 1. Read more.

Good luck and happy grant writing!

Applications now accepted for Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grants

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Applications are currently being accepted for the Constable Fund Grants for the 2013-2014 cycle.

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).

Anne Watkins, an Executive Council member from the Diocese of Connecticut and chair of the Constable Fund Grant Review Committee, noted recent Constable Grants have ranged from $5,000 to $200,000

Applications can be submitted by: (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.

Specific guidelines, suggestions, application form and timetable are available here.

Deadline for applications is November 15. Please note: November 15 marks an earlier deadline than for the previous cycle to allow for distribution of funding sooner in the calendar year.

Grants will be reviewed in January and recommendations forwarded to the Executive Council for action at its February 2014 meeting.  Recipients will be notified at the close of that meeting.

For more information contact Watkins at annemw630@gmail.com, or Sam McDonald, Episcopal Church Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission, smcdonald@episcopalchurch.org.

Jubilee Ministry grants

Young people are often the prophets among us in demonstrating the very real ways the Episcopal Church can engage in mission in our own contexts. Jubilee Ministry grants are one way these important ministries can find a bit of financial support.

Applications for 2012 Jubilee Ministry grants are now being accepted in two categories: diocesan initiatives and health and nutrition.

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. Grants to Jubilee ministries are awarded annually.

Application forms are at  http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/2012-jubilee-ministry-grants

Funding diocesan initiatives: due December 1; $1,000 grants to support Jubilee Ministry development plans of the local bishop and the appointed diocesan jubilee officer (dioceses can receive one grant).

Health and nutrition: due December 1; $750 grants for Jubilee Ministries that respond to the nutritional needs of people living in “food deserts,” defined as those communities in which residents have no easy access to fresh produce, and must rely on convenience stores or fast-food restaurants to provide their meals.

For guidelines, additional information, and to apply for any of the grants at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/2012-jubilee-ministry-grants

For more information contact Angeline Cabanban, acabanban@episcopalchurch.org.

Consider Applying for a Constable Fund Grant

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).

Specific guidelines, suggestions, application form and timetable are available here or http://generalconvention.org/ec

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.”

[Article published October 11, 2012 by the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs]