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Regional Grant Guidelines

Regional Mission Initiatives

Each of the five regions of The Episcopal Church in Colorado offer grants from their annual budgets to support locally owned strategic mission initiatives.

Criteria

The primary focus of Regional Grants is to fund ministries based within the geographic boundaries of that region, specifically:

  1. Mission initiatives developed by the Region
  2. Mission initiatives sponsored by parishes, missions, or special congregations within the Region
  3. Collaborative mission projects initiated by multiple congregations in the Region
  4. Mission initiatives supported by Diocesan Institutions
  5. Mission initiatives identified, developed and endorsed by the Office of the Bishop that have direct impact upon the Region
  6. Support for parishes, missions, or special congregations when such support is deemed strategically important by Regional Executive Committees in consultation with the Bishop

Regional Grants are made to parishes, missions, special congregations, diocesan institutions, and ministries sponsored by parishes, missions, special congregations or diocesan institutions. Regional Grants are not made to individuals.

The Four Areas of Strategic Focus

To be considered, grant requests must demonstrate fulfillment of one or more of the Four Areas of Strategic Focus of the Diocese:

  • Living Missionally at a Grassroots Level
  • Establishing Radical Generosity as a Core Pattern of Life
  • Engaging Substantively with the Suffering of the World
  • Committing Fully to Evangelizing Youth and Young Adults

General Guidelines

  • Grant applications are due by October 1 each year for disbursement the following calendar year.
  • Applications must be submitted in writing to the Regional Missioner.
  • The Regional Executive Committee shall review all requests received and interviews with applicants will be conducted between October 15 and November 30.
  • Applications shall then be reviewed jointly by Missioner for Transition Ministry & Congregational Development, Regional Missioners, and the Bishop to ensure clear communication and coordination.
  • Decisions will be communicated to applicants no later than December 1.

How to Apply

All grant requests for Regional Mission Initiatives must be complete at the time of submission and should include the following:

For parishes, missions, special congregations, and diocesan institutions:

  • Fill out the online submission form (see link below) which will ask these following questions:
    1. the amount of the request
    2. a narrative explanation of the need for funding
    3. how this grant will support at least one of the Four Areas of Strategic Focus listed above
    4. how this grant will deepen participation in the mission of God as lived and proclaimed in your setting
    5. a statement disclosing all other sources of funding for the project
    6. the date(s) payment(s) are desired, if granted
    7. what plans are in place to ensure self-sufficiency for projects that might require multi-year supplemental funding.

(Within the online application for there will be places to attach the following documents)

  • Current income statement and balance sheet
  • Budget for current year
  • Budget estimate (income/expense) for the year the grant is sought (e.g., 2020 financials for a grant payout in fiscal year 2020)
  • Most recent annual Parochial Report (if applicable)
  • Written verification of Vestry, Bishop’s Committee, or Board support
  • Copy of most recent completed audit, or demonstration that an audit is in progress

For mission initiatives sponsored by parishes, missions, or special congregations:

  • Fill out the online submission form (see link below) which will ask these following questions:
    1. the amount of the request
    2. a narrative explanation of the need for funding
    3. how this grant will support at least one of the Four Areas of Strategic Focus listed above
    4. how this grant will deepen participation in the mission of God as lived and proclaimed in your setting
    5. a statement disclosing all other sources of funding for the project
    6. the date(s) payment(s) are desired, if granted
    7. what plans are in place to ensure self-sufficiency for projects that might require multi-year supplemental funding.

(Within the online application for there will be places to attach the following documents)

  • Current income statement and balance sheet for the organization
  • Budget for current year
  • Budget estimate (income/expense) for the year the grant is sought (e.g., 2020 financials for a grant payout in fiscal year 2020)
  • Written verification of Vestry, Bishop’s Committee, or Board support; whether the sponsoring congregation is matching funds; and if not, why it believes this mission initiative is important but cannot be funded by their congregation.
  • Applications for ministries supported by a congregation must be submitted by the vestry/bishop’s committee of that church, including required attachments to the application.

Grant Reporting Requirements

Any parish, mission, special congregation or diocesan institution who receives a grant for a Regional Mission Initiative must fulfill the following:

  • Submit a written report that outlines the use/accounting of grant monies, the outcome/progress of the mission initiative, and movement towards self-sufficiency.
  • Present a verbal report at the Fall Regional Convocation that shares the goals, progress, and outcomes of the mission initiative to the regional delegates to Annual Convention.

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