Applications are now being accepted for the Diocese of Easton’s Church Initiatives Grant Program. Money is available exclusively to parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Easton to undertake innovative programs and projects. The Grant Program is funded by investment returns from the diocese’s St. Stephens Endowment Fund, a fund created with proceeds from the sale of St. Stephen’s Church, East New Market, a few years ago.
This is the sixth year of the program’s existence. In the last two years grants were awarded to Christ Church Kent Island to fund a summer backpacks for kids program; Emmanuel Parish in Chestertown to help start an on-site after school program; to Shrewsbury Parish to create a Kent County Coalition; and to St. Andrew’s Mission in Hurlock to incorporate the Moveable Feast as part of its food bank program. In previous years St. Mary the Virgin Church, Pocomoke City, Wye Parish in Wye Mills, Trinity Cathedral in Easton, Christ Church, Cambridge, St. Andrew’s Mission, Hurlock, St. Paul’s, Kent, St. Andrew’s, Princess Anne, and St. Paul’s by-the- Sea, Ocean City have received grants.
More than $9,000 will be available to support community initiatives in 2016. The Church Initiatives Grants Committee is accepting grant applications now through February 1, 2016. Grant recipients will be announced at the Diocesan Convention with grants awarded in March 2016.
Churches may download instructions and an application below or they may request an application from the diocesan office.