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2021 Diocesan Grants Funded

This year eight Mustard Seed Grants and 10 Peter James Lee Small Church Revitalization Grants were awarded to churches in the Diocese of Virginia to assist with vital ministries or revitalize physical space to better provide for the people they serve.

Mustard Seed grantees:

Christ Church, Saluda – Enhancing community outreach through online services

Cristo Rey, Arlington – Streaming capabilities for worship services

Cunningham Chapel, Millwood – Christ Church Cares Food Pantry

Grace, Stanardsville – Unity Garden

St. Alban’s, Annandale – Food for Poe Middle School Families

St. Mark’s, Alexandria – Sustainable Christian formation model

St. Paul’s, Millers Tavern – St. Paul’s Backpack Buddies Program

St. Thomas’, Richmond – St. Thomas’ food pantry outdoor distribution

Peter James Lee Small Church Revitalization grantees:

Abingdon, White Marsh – Creating a digital environment for hybrid gatherings

Emmanuel, Woodstock – Repair access ramp for parish hall

Incarnation, Mineral – Church ceiling restoration and repair

Kingston Parish, Mathews – Repair parish house driveway and parking area

Little Fork, Rixeyville – Little Fork’s Grounds of Ease Project

St. John’s, Columbia – Stained glass window restoration

St. John’s, Warsaw – Garden of Peace

St. Margaret’s, Woodbridge – New roof for sanctuary

St. Paul’s, Haymarket – Replace and relocate exterior church doors

Westover Church – Virtual worship and evangelism


Diocesan Funded Grants

Bishop's Appeal Grants

Deadlines for 2022: Letter of Inquiry - February 11; Full Proposal - March 18.

The general purpose of Bishop’s Appeal grants is to strengthen, encourage, and uplift ministries of congregations through program expansion, leadership development, facility improvement/ expansion, or technology enhancement.

Grants can be used to support special projects, develop new programs, or expand existing ones

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

The Bishop Peter J. Lee Endowment for Small Church Revitalization 

Deadlines for 2022: Letter of Inquiry - February 11; Full Proposal - March 18.

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.

Over the next three years, the United Grant Offering, in the spirit of Matthew 25:36, will focus on ministry that serve those whom society has left out and left behind. 

Therefore, the UTO grant focus for 2023 will be on innovative mission and ministry projects addressing all aspects of the worldwide incarceration crisis, specifically:

  • preventative programs and intervention
  • prisoner support outreach
  • prison reform work
  • or post-prison re-entry

Application information will not be available until July 2022 but preliminary details can be found here. Criteria are also available in English and Spanish. 

 If you are interested in applying, please contact Stephanie Gurnsey Higgins to make arrangements for your diocesan endorsement. 

Becoming Beloved Community 

Becoming Beloved Community grants catalyze the church’s work of racial healing, reconciliation, and justice.  

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. 

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. Deadline is in December of each year.

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.