About the Social Service & Ministry Network Grants
Whereas traditional Social Services grants primarily fund much needed programing in a specific geographic area, Networking is about relationships and finding innovative ministry connection possibilities across the diocese not bound by miles and accessibility.
- Supports new network ministries that are collaborative beyond traditional geographic and congregational lines (or)
- Expands existing ministries. Ongoing funding will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Reflect diocesan initiatives: addictions and recovery ministries, poverty, literacy, hunger, anti-racism, and anti-violence.
- Include one or more of the following: human rights advocacy, health or human service program, lay leadership empowerment.
- Look outward in the best missionary tradition of the church – outreach to new people and populations that we do not ordinarily reach or see in our own pews.
- Be sustainable after the Ministry Network grant has expired – The organization applying for funds must demonstrate plans to sustain the ministry after the grant concludes.
- Be supported by at least one congregation of the diocese with both financial and people resources. The ministry should encourage collaboration and networking among congregations and/or agencies and increase the mission initiatives by the people of the diocese.
- Be available to share as a model for other congregations/networks in the diocese and in the Episcopal Church.
Networking grants will facilitate addressing these societal concerns, common to all our communities, from Indian River to Harsens Island.
Previous grant amounts have varied between $1,500 and $20,000.
2020 Grant Awards
- Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministry (St. Paul’s, Flint) will receive $14,250 to help folks with emergency needs and expand their youth programs.
- Helping Hands (St. Mark’s, Atlanta) will receive $1,500 to help neighbors in need of food, clothing, heating assistance, and Christmas gifts for children.
- #MovingMarket4Life (Grace, Port Huron) will receive $6,080 for the mission of empowering people to be able to have healthy eating by increasing access to locally produced healthy food and education.
- G.R.A.C.E. Center (St. Francis’, Grayling) will receive $19,000 to expand their licensed psychological counseling and prevention education services to the economically disadvantaged.
- St. Andrew’s Soup Kitchen (St. Andrew’s, Flint) will receive $19,000 to serve neighbors in need with food and clean clothing as well as attending to their spiritual and emotional welfare.
- Family Promise (St. Paul’s, Flint) will receive $14,250 to further expand their mission in ending homelessness one family at a time through shelter, education, and counseling.
- The Community Assistance Program (St. Jude’s, Fenton) will receive $14,250 to seek to deepen relationships with their neighbors in meeting their urgent food needs and by education to help them grow towards self-sufficiency.
- The Food Bank at St. Bartholomew’s, Mio, will receive $4,750 to serve their food insecure neighbors with urgent needs and attend to their spiritual and emotional welfare.
- St. Christopher’s, Grand Blanc, will receive $9,500 to partner with multiple others in providing a central location for community ministries and social services in the area, including food, clothing, and utility aid. Plans are in the works to expand services to include senior services as well as career, financial, nutritional, education and counseling.
The application for 2021 ministry will be available in the Fall of 2020.