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Diocesan Funded Grants

The Bishop Peter J. Lee Endowment for Small Church Revitalization 

Deadlines for 2021: Letter of Inquiry - February 12; Full Proposal - March 12.

The Peter J. Lee Small Church Revitalization Fund is an endowment founded in 2001 and to be eligible, a church must have an average Sunday attendance of less than 200 persons. Grants will be awarded to assist small churches in their revitalization, preservation, expansion and, where appropriate, merger and closing. Congregations are encouraged to consider projects that are both programmatic and physical in nature.

The intent of these grants is to motivate small churches to gather internal resources to meet their ministry needs. Small Church Revitalization grants are made on a one-to-one matching basis only.

This year priority will be given to proposals focused on relieving immediate needs in your community brought on or exacerbated by the pandemic.

The Episcopal Church Funded Grants

The Episcopal Church  offers the following grants to further the mission of the Church. Each process is unique and some only allow one endorsement per diocese. Our process in the Diocese of Virginia is hands-on to ensure the best possible success. Please be in touch with Stephanie Gurnsey Higgins, Minister for Diocesan Development and Congregational Stewardship, 4 weeks before the application deadline. No proposals will be accepted within 10 work days of the application deadline.

United Thank Offering Grants

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

The focus of the 2021 UTO grants is Recovering with Love and Gratitude: An Episcopal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Contexts. The deadline for submission of a completed application (and required documents) to UTO is 5 p.m. (EST) on Friday, February 26, 2021. If you are interested in applying, please contact Stephanie Gurnsey Higgins to make arrangements for your diocesan endorsement. The 2021 SPRING United Thank Offering Grant Application process is complete.

Becoming Beloved Community 

Becoming Beloved Community grants catalyze the church’s work of racial healing, reconciliation, and justice.  The grant cycle for 2021 is complete.

Creation Care Grants 

The Task Force on Creation Care and Environmental Racism seeks to support and expand The Episcopal Church’s loving, liberating, life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with Creation. Proposals must have an impact beyond the applicant organization and include at least one partner in accomplishing the project.  The grant cycle for 2021 is complete.

Roanridge Trust Grants 

Interest generated from the Roanridge Trust is specifically used for the training of town, country, and rural clergy of the Episcopal Church.

Young Adult and Campus Ministry Grants 

These grants assist with young adult and campus ministries through the Episcopal Church and include a three-step process of discernment and planning, writing the application, and online submission.  There are four categories of grants each with different levels of funding.