Young Adult and Campus Ministry Grants 2021

The Episcopal Church offers grants each year to assist with Young Adult and Campus Ministries throughout the church. This is a three-step process that includes discernment and planning, writing the application, and online submission. This process is designed to help you discern where and how God is calling your community to serve young adults and whether now is the right time to apply for a grant. We hope this process is an invitation for you and your community to consider how The Episcopal Church can minister with young adults on and off college campuses (including community colleges and tribal college campuses, non-traditional degree programs), in the military, and those who are not in college. 

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, each grant application needs to address how this project or ministry can be safely and reasonably done with COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Please use your state and diocesan guidelines.

You can begin working on your application now.

October 1 at 3pm Eastern, there was a webinar to go over the process and answer questions. You can find a recording of the webinar here

Online submissions are now open. Submissions will be accepted until November 20, 2020 at 10pm.

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Eligibility

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

Competitive Grant Requirements

In accordance with Canon I.4.6, grant applicants must understand that the recipient’s diocese’s failure to pay its assessment in full or to apply for and receive a waiver shall render the diocese ineligible to receive grants or loans from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society unless approved by Executive Council.

  • The applicant’s diocese pays its full assessment.
  • The applicant’s diocese has been granted a waiver for years (list).
  • The applicant’s diocese has made application for a waiver but has not been advised regarding a determination.

The applicant understands that the applicant’s diocese’s failure to pay its assessment in full or to apply for and receive a waiver shall render the diocese ineligible to receive grants or loans from the DFMS approved by Executive Council.

Amount, Duration, and Categories of Grants

A total of $133,000 is available for this cycle, with a total of $400,000 available this triennium. These grants are for the 2021-2022 academic year. Deadline for submitting grants is November 20, 2020. There are four categories of grants:

  • Leadership Grant: to establish a new, restore a dormant, or reenergize a current campus ministry. Grant will range from $8,000-30,000 and can be used over a two-year period. The Leadership Grant can only be awarded to a specific ministry once every 5 years.
  • 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 $1-8,000.
  • 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 $1-8,000.
  • Project Grants: to provide money for a one-time project that will enhance and impact the campus or young adult ministry. Grants $100-2,000.

Discernment and Planning

Developing a grant application is best done in a community where colleagues and supporters can discern and explore where God is calling your ministry to grow, change, or do something new. If you are a solo minister, we invite you to think about who you should gather together to help you in this process. Many turn to their board or vestry, advisors, student ministers, and/or colleagues from your school or diocese to begin praying and exploring together. We strongly encourage you to use the Discernment and Planning Guide that can be found here and downloaded below.

Selection Criteria

Projects must:
  • address how you might incorporate new learning, leadership development and/or training of young adults.
  • address how this project or ministry can be safely and reasonably done with COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Please use your state and diocesan guidelines.
  • show how the ministry will be supported by the diocese, congregation, and/or ministry at the end of the grant term. (if applicable)
  • be approved by the bishop of the diocese in which the ministry is to be located. Each diocese that receives a grant shall appoint someone to oversee the grant and make appropriate financial reports to The Episcopal Church and the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries.
  • be formatted correctly and fall within the length specified in each grant - each must include the summary page, description, goals, and evaluation and continuation of ministry, budget worksheet on the application.
  • be submitted online. If you cannot submit the application online, please contact us before November 13 to make other arrangements.
  • be received on or before November 20, 2020 by 10 pm Eastern time.
Selection Preferences
  • In addition to the above criteria, the selection process will also reflect several preferences. Though these are not requirements, we will give preference to projects that:
    • are collaborative and bring members of the community together.
    • utilize innovative digital strategies for engagement and gathering.
    • promote racial justice and reconciliation, evangelism, or environmental stewardship.
    • promote engagement with the Way of Love. (https://episcopalchurch.org/way-of-love)
    • reach those who are traditionally least likely to seek out a campus ministry or other Episcopal young adult ministry.
    • address specific priorities of General Convention. (Wondering what the priorities are? You can search here using keywords or dates: https://www.episcopalarchives.org/e-archives/acts/). Please cite the resolution if you are pointing to the priorities outlined by any act of convention such as: 2015-A027.

Budget

The specific ways you propose to use grant funds will be a major factor in the selection of projects for funding.

  • Include a detailed budget that includes both expense and income to conduct the project.
  • Prepare your budget using the form provided. This is the budget for your grant application, not the budget for your organization.
  • Expenses should include any costs such as space usage, supplies and mileage.
  • Income should include participant fees, contributions and in kind donations, as applicable. Be specific and detailed about the budget for your project, including any other anticipated revenue.
  • If additional grants are being sought, these should be included and identified as either confirmed, anticipated, or pending.
  • Detail any additional grants that are being sought, and identify whether these funds are confirmed, anticipated, or pending.

Grant Cycle Timeline

  • September – October 2020: Gather a team to discern.
  • October 2020: Write your grant if you have discerned that this is the year to apply. Get signature of your bishop!
  • October 1, 2020 at 3pm Eastern: If you have questions, tune in to the Webinar.
  • October 13, 2020: Online grant submission opens.
  • November 20, 2020: Grant Applications are due by 10pm Eastern Time.
  • December 2020: Grant readers consider applications received and make recommendations.
  • January 2021:  Recommendations sent to Executive Council for approval.
  • February 2021: Decisions announced.

Expectations and Further Information

Ministers in charge of ministry grants are expected to attend at least one churchwide gathering of campus or young adult ministers sponsored by The Episcopal Church during the term of the grant. Ministries receiving grants may be assigned a mentor for the duration of the grant period.

Please fill out the application in full and submit it online. Please do not email your application. If you have further questions, please contact The Rev. Shannon Kelly, Director for the Department of Faith Formation and Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries at skelly@episcopalchurch.org or Valerie Harris, Faith Formation Associate at vharris@episcopalchurch.org.

Download the Grant Discernment and Planning, Grant Process and Guidelines, and Grant Application below. Begin your discernment and writing now! You can begin working on your application now. Online submissions will open on October 13, 2020.

For more information, you may contact, The Rev. Shannon Kelly

 

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