Each week we will share with you a new initiative or resource that you may not know about. This week Bishop Gutiérrez details the Growth Development Fund which is now open for applications.
This unique grant fund will distribute $1.5M to diocesan churches over five years. Each year, 10 churches can receive up to $30K. In its first year more than 50 churches applied.
During the Bishop’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. With the approval of Standing Committee, the Growth Development Fund was created to help parishes make these improvements.
Please contact Canon Doug Horner, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions about applying or want to renew your application from last year.