Mar 15, 2023Grant applications open for new Episcopal communities

Grant applications open for new Episcopal communities

Four informational webinars offered before May 1 deadline

New Episcopal Community grant applications are open for dioceses and mission developers who are envisioning, planning, or growing new worshipping communities and missional enterprises throughout the church. The deadline to apply for the first round of 2023 New Episcopal Community grant funding is May 1. The second deadline is August 1.

The Episcopal Church Office for Church Planting and Redevelopment will hold four informational workshops via Zoom to answer questions and offer guidance. Those interested should RSVP using this form.

  • Tuesday, March 21, 1-2 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, March 22, 1-2 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, March 23, 4-5 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, April 12, 4-5 p.m. ET

The following types of grants are available:

Discernment Grants: Up to $5,000 to fund the discernment season of a New Episcopal Community. Funds may be used for sending the potential point leader to a gifts assessment retreat, coaching, training, demographic studies, micro-experiments, visits to similar types of ministries, and more.

Seed Grants: Up to $30,000 to fund the initial stages of a New Episcopal Community’s launch. A seed grant recipient is typically in the first and/or second year of its life cycle.  A seed grant application has a strong and realistic ministry plan, the beginnings of a core team, and support from its local diocese.

Growth Grants: Up to $30,000 to help fund approximately the second and third years of a New Episcopal Community.

Harvest Grants: Up to $40,000 to help fund the later stages of a New Episcopal Community’s launch (approximately years three to six).  

Download a grant application guide and diocesan endorsement forms from the New Episcopal Community grants webpage.

Questions? Contact the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, staff officer for church planting.

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