CORRECTED - Episcopal Evangelism grants available for local and regional efforts
Episcopal institutions can now apply for the next round of the Episcopal Evangelism Grants Program, designed to fund local and regional evangelism efforts in the Episcopal Church. The application deadline is November 15. The new grant cycle will focus on projects that explore new methods of evangelism during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Even as the pandemic has made it harder to be together in person, people are longing to be part of a community and to know that God is with us,” said the Rev. Devon Anderson, chair of Executive Council’s Episcopal Evangelism Grants Committee. “In this round of grants, we want to fund the best ideas about how Episcopalians can reach out to our communities and invite people to join us in worshipping God and following Jesus with all our hearts and souls.”
The grant program, which began in 2017 as a result of the 2015 General Convention’s increased investment in evangelism galvanized by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, awards up to $2,000 for an individual congregation and up to $8,000 for multi-church, diocesan and regional collaborations.
The grants committee, said Anderson, is seeking proposals that will:
- Help the church respond to the challenges and opportunities for evangelism during a pandemic
- Pilot or continue evangelism strategies and programs that can be conducted with pandemic precautions in place.
- Aim for lasting, broad impact.
- Employ innovation and creativity.
- Promote churchwide learning, understanding and practical application.
“Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has challenged his staff to ‘equip the Church to be the Jesus Movement in the world.’ In a pandemic, equipping the church means encouraging innovation and experimentation that can help us share the Good News with a hurting world," said Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism for The Episcopal Church, who serves on the Episcopal Church’s Evangelism Initiatives Team.
Congregations, dioceses, provinces, schools, monastic communities, and other Episcopal organizations are eligible to apply. Regional collaborative partnerships with non-Episcopal entities are welcome as long as an Episcopal entity is the project leader, active manager, and reporting agent. Groups receiving grants are expected to make significant financial contributions toward their projects, and to report what they have learned to the wider church. Projects associated with seminaries and formation programs are encouraged to explore funding through the Episcopal Evangelism Society.
The Episcopal Evangelism Grants program is coordinated by the Executive Council Joint Standing Committee on Mission Within The Episcopal Church in collaboration with the staff team. The Grants Committee will make its recommendations to Executive Council in December, and funds will be distributed in early 2021.
Please note the following for dioceses of The Episcopal Church: Applicant understands that should its local diocese fail to pay its assessment in full or to apply for and receive a waiver, the diocese and the applicant shall be ineligible to receive grants or loans from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society unless approved by Executive Council. See Canon I.4.6, Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church.
For more information, contact Ann Hercules, associate for Ministries Beyond The Episcopal Church, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-716-6321.