SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS
Many grants are available from the Church and supporting agencies. While the Diocese publicizes a number of these when they become available, we also keep a listing of these and others on our website under “Congregational Resources”. In addition, there are a number of excellent resources available online for churches / ministries.
Diocesan Scholarship Opportunities Application due by August 5, 2020
The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast will open the application process for scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year in Spring of 2020.
If you would like to donate to any of our scholarship funds, visit our Donation Page.
Episcopal Church Scholarship Opportunities
There are several scholarship and grant opportunities available through The Episcopal Church. Learn more on The Episcopal Church website.
Episcopal Evangelism Grants Not accepting applications at this time
Designed to fund local and regional evangelism efforts in the Episcopal Church. Episcopal institutions (congregations, dioceses, provinces, schools, monastic communities, Episcopal organizations and other Episcopal affiliated entities) are eligible to receive these funds. Regional collaborative partnerships with non-Episcopal entities are welcome (see criteria for more info). Grants are available for up to $2,000 for an individual congregation and up to $8,000 for multi-church, diocesan and regional collaborations. Groups receiving funding are expected to make a significant financial contribution toward the project, as well.
Young Adult and Campus Ministry Grants Not accepting applications at this time
The Episcopal Church will invite proposals for grants to assist with ministries to Young Adult and Campus Ministries throughout the church usually in the first quarter of they year. These grants are intended to provide funding for an Episcopal ministry (or ecumenical ministry with an Episcopal presence) in a diocese, congregation, or community college/tribal college/university campus who are doing or seek to do ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. When made available application link will be provided.
Jubilee Grants Apply for ministry designation anytime; grant applications for certified Jubilee Ministries will be announced.
Our diocese is an approved "Jubilee Ministry" Diocese, which means that once your ministry has been designated a Jubilee Ministry, you can officially apply for Jubilee Ministry grants thru the Episcopal Church each year. Applications must be approved by the Jubilee Officer (Dwight Babcock) prior to submission. Jubilee Development Grant (up to $25,000), will be awarded to a new or existing ministry that can demonstrate a new or re-visioned strategy and methodology to address systemic issues affecting domestic economic poverty. Jubilee Impact Grants ($750 to $1,500) will be awarded for initiatives of Jubilee Centers that make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of those in need.
UTO Grants Not accepting applications at this time
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Many of our congregations help support UTO and have been recipient of grants in the past. Two types of application opportunities are usually available:
Young Adult / Seminarian Grants
Annual UTO Grants: All documentation due to Diocese (Attn: Dwight Babcock) a minimum of two weeks prior to deadline.
Application forms and detailed guidelines for applying for the grants are available here. Please contact Joyce Landers at email@example.com for helpful grant writing tips and assistance.
Young Adult Service Corps Applications closed January 10, 2020.
The young Adult Service Corps is a ministry for young adults who are interested in exploring their faith in new ways by living and serving in communities around the Anglican Communion. YASC brings young adults into the life of the worldwide Anglican Communion and into the daily work of a local community. YASC is open to Episcopalians between the ages of 21 and 30. Applicants must have a high degree of maturity and possess a faith commitment, the willingness to be a humble guest, and the ability to be an authentic companion. The application process for 2021 should open around November 2020 but its never to early to learn more.
Constable Fund Not accepting applications at this time
The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of the Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2015. Applications can be submitted by: (1) a program office of the Episcopal Church; (2) one of the interim bodies of General Convention; or (3) one of the Provinces of the Episcopal Church.
Environmental Grants Not accepting applications at this time
These are grants that focus on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of Creation. The Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation, enabled by Resolution A030 (Create Task Force On Climate Change), approved at General Convention 2015, will make recommendations for grants up to $10,000.
Roanridge Grants Not accepting applications at this time (closed 2019)
Roanridge grants are provided annually for creative models for leadership development, training and ministries in small towns and rural communities across The Episcopal Church. Dioceses, congregations and Episcopal-related organizations and institutions are invited to apply for the grants which generally range from $5,000 to $20,000. Complete application instructions and details about the review process may be downloaded here.
Church Plants and Mission Enterprise Zones Not accepting applications at this time
Three types of grants are available: Church Plant or New Congregation, Mission Enterprise Zone (MEZ) / Missional Initiative, or MEZ-Church Plant Hybrid. These grants can provide opportunities to be creative and entrepreneurial; the average awards are $20,000 for Mission Enterprise Zones and $100,000 for new church starts. Church plants and new congregations may assume traditional or innovative forms. Mission Enterprise Zones are experimental in nature and primarily gather around ministries of service, justice, and mercy.