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United Thank Offering awards $1.6 million for mission and ministry in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion

November 17, 2011
The Public Affairs Office

The United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church has awarded 59 grants for 2011 for a total of $1,634,526.19 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The grants were awarded to projects in 39 Episcopal Church dioceses, 8 companion diocese relationships, and 12 international provinces.

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.

Most of the grants focused on assistance to food ministries, health clinics, refugee needs, young adults and the construction of classrooms and program space.

For example, the Diocese of Minnesota was awarded $15,725.00 for a First Nations’ kitchen renovation and community garden project, a ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis.  The Diocese of Newark was granted $7,547.00 for the Learning Through Literacy program at St. Paul’s in Paterson.

The smallest amount awarded, $1,039.70, went to the Diocese of Western North Carolina for developing a web seminar and facilitating contact with small isolated congregations, a project of Christian Resources Center of the Diocese and the Canon for Small Churches.

Thirteen grants totaled $50,000 or more, with the largest at $95,000 to the Anglican Church in the Province of West Africa toward the cost of construction of a church building in the Diocese of Tamale, Ghana.

One companion diocese relationship – the Diocese of Milwaukee – was awarded a grant of $11,576.00 toward medical equipment for the maternity ward at St. Michael’s Health Center in its companion Diocese of Newala, Tanzania.  The Diocese of South Dakota received a grant for its companion Diocese of Twic East in South Sudan, Africa, of $40,000 toward construction of a primary healthcare unit for Panyang Community.

Among the international grants were $50,000 to the Episcopal Church in the Philippines toward construction of a two-story multipurpose center for women, and $35,000 to the Anglican Church of Central America Region for reconstruction of the Diocese of El Salvador pastoral and retreat center.

The complete list of grants is located here:

For more information on UTO: .


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Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer