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2023 Diocesan Grants Funded
This year 12 Bishop's Appeal Grants and 12 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 communities they serve.
Bishop's Appeal grantees:
Christ Church, Winchester - Provide food for students in need
Emmanuel, Harrisonburg - Babies to Boomers program
Good Shepherd, Bluemont - Tile floor replacement
Holy Comforter, Richmond - Expand Hispanic service
St. Christopher's, Springfield - River Crossing Cafe
St. Gabriel's, Leesburg - STEAM programming for Educando con Amor community
St. George's, Fredericksburg - Pilot small group in an Episcopal context to engage community
St. Peter's, New Kent - Diaper assistance program
St. Peter's, Richmond - Technology for livestream
The Falls Church, Falls Church - Technology upgrade for Historic Church
Trinity, Charlottesville - Upgrades to commissary kitchen to benefit Bread and Roses programming
Trinity, Upperville - Zoom Room for virtual meetings
Peter James Lee Small Church Revitalization grantees:
Abingdon, White Marsh - Relocate and enhance playground area
Creator, Mechanicsville - Remove and install new boiler
Emmanuel, Brook Hill - Erosion control and parking expansion
Emmanuel, Woodstock - Community outreach needs
Grace, Berryville - Improvement of livestream capabilities
Holy Cross, Dunn Loring - Replace underperforming HVAC and install LED lighting
Our Saviour, Montpelier - Restoring sanctuary and enhancing liturgical space
Piedmont Parish - Completing restoration of Parish House
St. John's, Centreville - Phase 3 of roof replacement
St. Mary's, Fleeton - repair and painting of church roof
St. Peter's, Port Royal - painting Parish House
St. Philip's, Richmond - Revitalize 2nd Floor of church building
Diocesan Funded Grants
Bishop's Appeal Grants
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
The Bishop Peter J. Lee Endowment for Small Church Revitalization
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.
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 the diocesan office at least 4 weeks before the application deadline. No proposals will be accepted within 10 workdays 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
If you are interested in applying, please contact the diocesan office to make arrangements for your Episcopal endorsement.
Becoming Beloved Community grants catalyze the church’s work of racial healing, reconciliation, and justice.
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.
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.
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.