Mission Endowment Grant Recipients Announced
By the Mission Endowment Grant Board
The Mission Endowment Grant board has announced six recipients in the fall 2017 grant cycle.
All Saints’, Concord: $25,000
Collaborative effort among many churches with Racial Equity Institute (REI) training. Grant will fund a half-day training for civic, business and religious leaders in Cabarrus county.
Calvary, Wadesboro: $25,000
Housing for underserved and unrepresented homeless families in Anson county (no shelters exist for families or women with children). The Rev. Tim Husion is working with Homes of Hope, Inc. to address this need. These funds will be used to launch Anson County Homes of Hope to provide housing and support to those facing homelessness.
Christ the King, Charlotte: $15,000
An Episcopal mission in the heart of a growing and changing Charlotte neighborhood. This grant will provide for a part-time vicar to stabilize and growth the congregation. Having clergy leadership will be crucial to the congregation finding a new identity in its changing context.
Chartered Committee on Hispanic Ministry: $25,000, $20,000
This two-year grant request will partially fund a diocesan Hispanic missioner who will be positioned in the eastern part of the Diocese. This position will transition to becoming the vicar at La Guadalupana, Wilson, when their current priest retires and will also provide supply at San José, Smithfield. The missioner will also serve as a resource to the wider diocese in creating and supporting other Hispanic ministries.
Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women: $25,000, $25,000
Partially funding for a Mentor and Outreach Manager position which will serve ministries at the NC Correctional Institute for Women; First Presbyterian Raleigh and St. Mark’s, Raleigh. This person will implement an outreach plan for the organization to build community involvement and awareness.
North Greensboro Missioner: $25,000, $25,000
This request is the result of a collaboration for the Greensboro Episcopal congregations of St. Barnabas, St. Francis and Holy Spirit. This grant provides salary support for this position to provide for collaborative relationship building and ministry in the areas of youth/young adults, refugee and immigrant neighbors, and adult formation.
The Mission Endowment Grant is a permanent endowment created for the specific purpose of supporting the diocesan mission strategy of establishing "the Episcopal presence of Christ in communities in ways that brings the community to see Christ’s presence among them."
What makes the grant unique is expanded eligibility in applying for the grants. While grant projects must relate to missionary initiatives located within the 38 counties of the Diocese, the initiatives themselves do not have to be associated with diocesan entities. Only one participating member of the proposed project team is required to be associated with a diocesan entity; the rest of the team can build out from there. This opens to door to greater eligibility, including:
- Strategic partnerships between diocesan and outside entities, including interfaith and secular entities
- Companion relationships
- Partnership ministries of congregations, institutions and organizations of the Diocese.