May 21 2019
If your congregation applied for a Strategic Mission Support grant in the past three or four years, then the application for 2020 below will look very familiar to you. The difference is that this application will be in a MS Word document rather than the previous years’ SurveyMonkey version. We appreciate how much work congregations put into the process, the honest and thoughtful answers to the questions posed, and the time involved.
If your congregation has not applied for Strategic Mission Support, then this process may strike you as unlike other grant applications you have completed. The three components of strategic mission support are location, viability and vitality.
Viability represents the requirement that you have the minimum resources (human and financial) to maintain your parish or mission.
Vitality represents the requirement that your parish or mission is or is capable of human and spiritual growth and development and your presence is of continued value to the greater area where you are located.
Location involves issues of distance and accessibility.
Beyond the elements of location, viability, and vitality, the application asks you to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of your congregation in terms of mission, ministries and parish/mission organization. It asks for your own observations of these matters – thoughtfully and honestly presented.
There are two steps to complete this application by the deadline of July 1, 2019:
1. Complete this application.
2. Email as attachments, the completed application, your congregation’s 2018 year end financial report, its 2019 budget, and the Mission Expense Analysis to Canon Terry Reimer at .
Applications received later than July 1 will not be considered for the 2020 SMS grant cycle.
We recommend that before you start the application you look over the questions and complete the answers in a separate document for safekeeping before pasting them into this MS Word application document.
It is the intent of the SMS grant that a congregation will have a priest employed at minimum for a quarter time and that the congregation will be able to support at least 50% of the cost of that clergy compensation. It is also the intent of the Committee that congregations with endowed funds will use the income from those funds fully to offset operational expenses.
Members of the Diocesan Council Finance Committee
Resources for the 2020 Strategic Mission Support Application