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The Congregational Development Commission is now accepting applications for the 2013 First Steps grants. The application form with instructions is available here.
Applications must be e-mailed, postmarked, or hand-delivered by June 3, 2013 (no faxes, please). Late applications will not be considered. Questions concerning the application form should be directed to the Rev. Canon Claudia M. Wilson at email@example.com or (917) 848-6224.
First Steps Grants are expressly intended to provide funds to create stronger, healthier parishes. Funds awarded are to support activities that will serve as a catalyst for spiritual and numerical growth throughout the diocese. The Congregational Development Commission may annually establish broad strategic goals and objectives for the First Steps Grants and regularly evaluate advancement towards these goals.
The sole purpose of First Steps Grants is to grow the Episcopal Diocese of New York by creating stronger and healthier parishes. While all parishes are eligible to apply, the funds are specifically targeted to parishes with an ASA between 50 and 150. Funds awarded under this program are to support activities that will result in definable and measurable spiritual and numerical growth. In the written proposal, applicants must clearly explain how the proposed activity will result in spiritual and numerical growth within their parish. First Steps Grants are not intended for general support, on-going program support or benevolence. It is exclusively a development fund.
The Episcopal Diocese of New York through the Congregational Development Commission plans to approve funding for several projects each year, with grant amounts up to $5,000.