Episcopal Appalachian Ministries offers small grants through funding made available from the Episcopal Church General Convention. These grants are in place to help enable new or start-up ministries with the “seed money” needed in establishing a new ministry. The money is granted for specific needs at the grass-roots level.
Size of Grants: Grants usually range in size from $500 to $2,000.
- Grants are made to diocesan, parish, or community-based organizations that are within the Appalachian region or serve Appalachian people.
- Organizations or individuals applying for grants must have a clear connection and/or relationship to the Episcopal Church.
- These organizations must serve communities in the Appalachian region or urban Appalachian communities outside the region.
- Appalachian Initiative Grants are intended to be used as seed money for ministries and organizations to seize opportunities of a one-time nature and project start-up costs.
- Grants must be for a specific ministry, project or program.
- Successful grant requests would typically be for purchasing specific items (e.g., computer equipment, building supplies, etc.)
- Consideration will be given to projects that involve awarding “scholarships” to participants of programs if the money is being used specifically for those scholarships.
- Requests for money to supplement or cover regular operating expenses such as salaries, will not be awarded. Money for “matching grants” will not be awarded.
- Successful applications will usually involve helping Appalachians address regional issues such as poverty, literacy, health care, unemployment, education, cultural affirmation, or the environment through direct service.
Application Process (new guidelines)
- Applications must be submitted through the local diocese and be approved and endorsed by the bishop of the diocese. (The bishop of the diocese may appoint a committee for this process at his or her discretion)
- Each diocese will prioritize the applications received to submit to the EAM Small Grants Selection Committee by the deadlines.
- Each diocese will only be allowed to submit no more than 2 applications for each grant period (spring and fall, 4 total for the year).
Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted at any time. The Grants Committee usually meets in April and November. Usual project start times are July 1 or January 1. Exceptions will be considered. Applications for April are due March 31st. Applications for November consideration are due October 31st.
Download Grant Applications Here:
E-mail your proposal with the subject line, “grant application” to firstname.lastname@example.org and mail a hard copy to:
The Rev. L. Gordon Brewer, Jr.
Episcopal Appalachian Ministries
1417 Warpath Dr. Suite B
Kingsport, TN 37664-3383