Growth Development Fund Applications Open

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:

 

  • It is a five-year program.1
  • Grants are for deferred maintenance that will enhance a church’s capacity for ministry or the need for capital improvement.
  • Determinations will be made based both on an evaluation of the urgency of the need and the potential impact it may have on the congregation’s life and ministry.
  • Awards will be for projects under $30,000. A church that receives a grant will be expected to report the following year on the progress of its enhanced ministry and the effect on the congregation.
  • For Year 3, applications are being accepted from October 15, 2019 February 15, 2020. Start your application now.    Churches that need help filling out the grant can contact Canon Doug Horner, dhorner@diopa.org.
  • Awards are not made on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Churches that do not receive a grant in Year 1 or 2 do not need to reapply the following year.  Any church wishing to have their application re-considered needs to email to Canon Doug Horner to confirm their prior year’s application be re-considered and declare any change in project scope or timing from the original application.
  • Once you receive a grant in this program you cannot apply for another one.
  • Awards will be announced by April 1, 2020.

 

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.