Grants and Loans
The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri offers the following grants and loans:
2021 Church Assistance Endowment Fund Grants
Forty-one years ago, $205,000 was allocated by the Venture in Mission Steering Committee to establish the Church Assistance Endowment Fund. The fund balance is now $1,059,000 and the Trustees of the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri (COEDMO), who manage this program, use a formula that has allocated $57,500 for 2021grants. The purpose of those grants is to provide financial assistance to congregations for capital maintenance and/or repairs.
Kelton White Fund Loan
The income from the Kelton and Alma Mayland White Memorial Trust may be used, with the advice and consent of the Standing Committee, to make loans to congregations for use in making capital improvements. The manner and amount of the loans, whether any interest is to be charged (and if so, how much), and the terms of repayment are all in the sole and exclusive discretion of the Bishop of Missouri, subject only to the requirement of Standing Committee advice and consent.
COVID Cleaning Grants
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary for parishes to take on extra cleaning measures in their facilities. Diocesan Council has designated a portion of the emergency funds for this purpose. Parishes can apply for a grant of up to $2,500. This is meant to be a one-time grant for cleaning costs required for reopening.
If your church is in need of this assistance, download the application form and return it to Canon Desiree Brattin (with required attachments).
Livestreaming Equipment Grants
The coronavirus pandemic has brought many changes to our church life, including the need to find new worship "space." In our efforts to keep everyone safe, many of our churches have pivoted to online services. But the equipment costs of bringing those services to you can be very high. Parishes and missions may apply for a grant of up to $2,500 to help purchase new technology.
If your church is in need of this assistance, download the application form and return it to Canon Desiree Brattin.
Diocese of Missouri Lay Formation Grants
These funds are available to active lay members of faith communities in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. Please submit your application at least three weeks prior to the event registration deadline to allow time for application evaluation. It is expected that both the lay member and the congregation/faith community will share in the cost as well as utilizing diocesan funds.
Diocese of Missouri Clergy Continuing Education Grants
These funds are available to active, canonically resident clergy in the Diocese of Missouri. Please submit your application at least three weeks prior to the event registration deadline to allow time for application evaluation. It is expected that both the clergy member and the congregation/faith community will share in the cost as well as applying diocesan funds. Summary report of learning (1-2 pages) should be submitted to the Canon for Evangelism & Discipleship Development within two weeks after the event. Future grant requests will not be considered if a summary report is not submitted.
Additional Grant Applications
Additional grant applications will be available here when they become available throughout the year.