Grants & Loans
The Diocese of Western North Carolina is blessed with resources to support parishes and diocesan-affiliated organizations with additional financial support in the form of grants and loans. There are several grants available that offer funds for different purposes. Likewise, the Executive Council of the diocese approves, with the recommendation of the diocesan Fiscal Ministries committee, loans for the purpose of church property restoration and improvement. Below you will find more information on each grant and loan available in the diocese, including helpful general information and the particular application for each funding source. The staff liaison is the Canon to the Ordinary.
General Grant application
Please specify which grant you are applying for on the application (see details below).
General Grant budget form
The Patricia Minkler Howell Children's Outreach Grants support the development of outreach programs for and with children in need. Special consideration will be given to applications that envision children serving children. Applications for these grants are due no later than April 30. Questions regarding Children's Outreach Grants can be directed to Diocesan CFO, Carol Tannenbaum.
Human Hurt and Hope Grants
These grants are intended to support new initiatives and innovative ministries that involve Episcopalians directly in hands-on ministries that respond to human needs.
Sustainable Development/Global Mission Grants
Funds from the Global Mission Committee support international and domestic projects. Preference will be given to applications with stated purpose related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Applications for these grants are due no later than May 1. Questions regarding Global Mission Grants can be directed to The Rev. Clare Barry, Deacon.
Justice and Outreach Grants
The Justice and Outreach Committee will consider grant proposals for diocesan initiatives that meet the following funding criteria: Engages people in ministry that is focused on a justice and outreach issue, builds capacity in the local community and/or across the diocese to improve the quality of life for the poor, lonely, and/or disenfranchised through collaboration, has an end result that transforms the community and/or the diocese.
Congregational Vitality Grants
The Diocese of Western North Carolina offers annual Congregational Vitality grants to support churches in their redevelopment work. Congregational Vitality Grants are open to any initiative that supports and sustains the vitality and mission of the local parish, including technology. Please note, preference is given to congregations who did not receive a CV grant in the previous year. If you have any questions, please contact our Chief Financial Officer or Canon to the Ordinary.
The Episcopal Foundation of Western North Carolina is a non-profit corporation founded in 1963 by Bishop Henry with an initial gift from Mr. Charles Timson. The Foundation operates under its own independent charter, and the members of the Board of Directors are elected at the annual convention of the Diocese. The Foundation uses the income from its investments to make grants up to $20,000 exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, and scientific purposes. Parishes and institutions applying for these funds must present their initial request to a joint meeting the board of The Episcopal Foundation of Western North Carolina and the diocesan Fiscal Ministries Committee.
Supports small parishes and institutions in the diocese that otherwise can't afford building, programs, renovations, capital improvements, and major repairs.
Justice and Outreach Grant
Supports initiatives that engage people in ministry focused on a justice and outreach issue. These initiatives should build capacity in the community to improvee the quality of life for the poor, lonely, and/or disinfranchised.
St. Hilda's Press Grant
Human Hurt and Hope Grant
Supports initiatives that involve Episcopalians directly in hands-on ministries that support providing human needs like food, shelter, etc.
Supports the development of outreach programs for children up to age 18, especially those that involve children serving children.
Patricia Minkler Howell Children's Outreach Grant
Sustainable Development Grant
Supports domestic and international projects that promote sustainability and economic development toward the goal of ending poverty, hunger, and disparities across socioeconomic divides.
Supports redevelopment work of the local parish. Funds are given to needs that sustain the and uphold the vitality of the congregation, including funding for technology.
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Restoration and Improvement Loans
Interest free loans are given toward the improvement of buildings and grounds of parishes and their facilities.