Update on the 2021 Grant Process and Upcoming Webinars

October 1, 2020
Joyce Landers, Vice-President, United Thank Offering Board

The UTO Annual Grant Application and supporting materials are available now at episcopalchurch.org/utogrants. The focus for this year’s grant applications is Recovering with Love and Gratitude: An Episcopal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Contexts.

The United Thank Offering will accept applications in two categories – sustaining ministries and innovative ministries – at two different funding levels: seed (up to $10,000) and impact ($10,000-$25,000). Each diocese (or province of the Anglican Communion) may submit one seed grant and one impact grant. Please be advised that the need is especially great this year. UTO will grant the amount requested, so please only request what you need. If you can do your project for $500, please ask for that amount. Do not inflate your budget, as it will be granted in full. By requesting the minimum you need to complete your project, you help to ensure that as many grants as possible can be awarded.

Over the next few months, we will offer a series of webinars to support applicants and dioceses in applying for UTO Grants. You will need to register for any and all webinars that you plan to attend. Please note, we do not record these webinars, so if you cannot attend the best way to access the information is by reviewing the Helpful Hints page.

October Grant Webinar SPANISH LANGUAGE (please only attend if you speak Spanish)
We will hold a webinar on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 in Spanish to answer any and all questions you might have about the application process. Please register for the webinar here,

UTO staff and Board members are available to assist with applications written in Spanish. If you would like to complete your application in Spanish, it must be submitted by January 4, 2021, so we have time to procure an English translation and you have time to review the translation. After January 4, all applications must be submitted in English.

December Grant Webinars for Applicants
This webinar will be a review of the grant process, offering some helpful hints, reminders, and support. The Board and staff will stay on the webinar until all questions are answered.

Tuesday, December 1, at noon Eastern Time
Register here.

Tuesday, December 1, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time
Register here.

January Grant Webinars for Applicants
This webinar is being held specifically to help diocesan UTO coordinators and staff with the submission process for UTO Grants. All are welcome to attend, however, the content will be directed toward the screening committee process, bishops’ forms, and final processing points. The webinar will last one hour; however, staff will remain on Zoom until all questions are answered (from applicants, staff, or otherwise).

Tuesday, January 12, at noon Eastern Time
Register here.

Tuesday, January 12, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time
Register here.

Please be sure to follow UTO on social media. During the grant process, Heather will post reminders, helpful hints, and information about the grant process on Facebook. These posts are often in direct response to problems other applicants are experiencing as they complete their applications. As always, we encourage you to submit your application early so that Heather has time to review it and offer feedback. Please try to submit your application no later than one week prior to the deadline.