GRANTS AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES
The Financial Assistance for Congregations Committee is a committee of the Diocesan Council consisting of members from different sized churches in several regions of our Diocese. They are responsible for discerning with you the ways that God is calling your congregation into the future. They are also charged with evaluating and disbursing the designated funds from our Diocesan budget which will assist congregations that face financial hardship. The deadline for all applications is January 31, 2020.
The Diocesan Endowment Grants for Ministry program provides funds of up to $10,000 per year, per applicant from special endowments to support the establishment of projects undertaken by Parishes or Regional Councils of the Diocese of Maryland. Awards are made to create new ministries or expand existing ministries in the areas of: Congregational development, ministry of the laity, ordained ministry, social and outreach ministry More information can be found on the application form. Submission deadline is February 27.
The Sustainable Development Goals grant committee accepts applications from $2,500 up to 50% of funds available in any given year. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. Learn more about the SDGs.
The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland commits 0.07% of its annual operating income to grants within the diocese for this work. Repeat applications are acceptable, with a three-year maximum per project. A similar project on a new site (serving new people) will be treated as a new project.
The Robert W. Ihloff Fund for Congregational Development is a discretionary fund administered by the Bishop of Maryland, to promote efforts in congregational development. Grants support efforts to grow healthy and vital congregations in the following areas: New church development/redevelopment of existing congregations, small church development, stewardship . More detailed information can be found on the application form [PDF]. Submission deadline is March 28.
The Continuing Education Committee of the Diocese of Maryland provides grants to be used to further education for the Christian ministry of the laity and clergy of our diocese. Read the Grant Guidelines to learn more, then download the Grant Application Form.