Dreaming about a new ministry in your community?
Apply now for a 2016 New Initiative Grant from Diocesan Council.
Each congregation and organization in the Diocese of Maine is eligible to apply for funding to support new ministries or expanding existing ministries in new directions. Applications will be evaluated on the how closely they meet the Diocese’s Seven Criteria for Mission.
The next deadline for applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, January 22. Diocesan Council will make grant recommendations at its February 6 meeting.
The online application may be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MaineNIF
Download the application worksheet and complete your application on that before cutting and pasting your application into the online Survey Monkey application above.
Once your application is processed, you will be contacted by a Diocesan Council member from your area. That member will serve as your advocate through the application process.
What kind of ministry might a New Initiative Fund grant get going? Below is a list of grants made by Diocesan Council over the past two years in spring and fall grant cycles.
2015 New Initiative Fund Grants
St. Luke’s, Wilton – $3,000 to install a community labyrinth
Human Trafficking Ministry Group – $2,650 to bring Becca Stevens and women of Thistle Farms to a conference in November 2015
St. Matthew’s, Hallowell – $2,450 to support a Ecumenical mentoring program for women recently released Kennebec County Jail, Walk with Me: A Journey
St. Paul’s, Brunswick – $1,750 to gather and create resources for congregations to effectively talk about alcoholism
2014 New Initiative Fund Grants
The Congregations of the Southern Kennebec Valley (The Kennebec 6 – St. Mark’s, Augusta; St. Barnabas’, Augusta; Christ Church, Gardiner; St. Matthew’s, Hallowell; St. Andrew’s, Winthrop; and Prince of Peace Lutheran, Augusta) – $10,680 to establish a Sunday afternoon community Christian education program for families called “Mustard Seeds”
Trinity Church, Portland – $4,600 to assist All Saints Community Church, a Sudanese congregation that had met at Trinity for four years, in establishing a Christian education program
St. Nicholas’, Scarborough – $2,200 to establish a community garden on their Route 1 campus
St. Ann’s, Windham – $3,000 to establish an essentials pantry for needy members of their community
St. Peter’s, Bridgton – $2,400 for Women’s Initiative Mentoring Program
Diocesan Christian Ed Collaboration – $6,700 to bring Godly Play training to Maine