Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
During Bishop Gutiérrez’s pilgrimage, it was discovered that several congregations needed small to medium capital improvements to expand their capacity for ministry, hospitality, and community engagement. For some churches this meant a renovation to a room for youth; repairing an old HVAC system; improving access with handicapped ramps; repaving the parking lot; or replacing old windows with new energy-efficient ones.
Unfortunately, many of the congregations that shared these needs did not have the funds to undertake such a project. In response, the Bishop has created The Growth Development Fund to help parishes making such improvements.
This is year three of the Growth Development Fund. Here is information on grants from the Fund. We will start receiving applications on October 15, 2019:
1 To make these investments in churches, the diocese will withdraw from unrestricted endowment funds, over and above their normal distribution, up to $300,000 each year for five years, with a maximum total of $1.5 million. Withdrawals will be made annually and placed in a designated fund for distribution. Unused funds will be carried over to the following year.