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United Thank Offering (UTO)

One time each year the Church Initiatives Grant Committee awards grants from the Diocese’s St. Stephen’s Endowment Fund. Monetary grants are awarded to parishes and missions in the Diocese of Easton for initiatives that enhance the mission and ministry of that parish or mission, with special consideration for grants to smaller parishes or missions.

Through this grant program, the Diocese identifies innovative and worthwhile ministries in a parish or mission where a relatively modest amount of grant money can make a significant difference in a parish’s mission and may positively impact the mission of the Diocese of Easton. Often these grants provide start-up or short-term funding for innovative, potentially replicable projects that meet newly identified needs or demonstrate new solutions for previously identified needs.
Read more about available 2020 small grants here:–qRAq/view?usp=sharing 

2020 Diocesan Fund for Church Initiatives Grant Program Application and Guidelines

The application deadline for 2020 grants from this program is February 1 for March distribution.

The United Thank Offering is a ministry of gratitude. Drop a coin in the Blue Box and give thanks for a blessing or challenge in your life. Then, twice a year, we have In-gatherings to collect all those coins of gratitude. Monies collected go back out again through annual grants to dioceses for new ministries.
These collections really do change lives. You may recall the $50,000 grant to Agape Family Ministries. That grant, which was made possible by the United Thank Offering and your Blue Box collections, is a perfect example of how the Gift of Thankfulness can impact life-changing programs in our own diocese.

Fall and spring are great times to start thinking about your In-Gatherings at your Church or parish. Please send your in-gathering gifts to the address below by December 10 for inclusion in the coming year’s grant cycle. All checks should be made payable to:


c/o Charlotte Meyer
St. Paul’s Church
P.O. Box 141
Trappe, MD 21673

Blessings to everyone who participates and we hope you will participate again soon!
Put gifts into the Blue Box with thanksgiving, prayer, and generosity. Take blessings out of the Box for grants extending the Church’s faithfulness to God’s mission.