The diocesan mission strategy encourages our diocesan community to “embrace brave change” through reimagining congregations, building relationships and engaging our world. The Mission Strategy Committee wants to help with that in a real and tangible way, recognizing that while congregations, networks and organizations in the diocese may dream big ideas of how to do the work of Christ in new and creative ways, budgets often don’t have room to try things that may or may not work.
That’s where “Wicked Good Idea” Microgrants come in.
This grant initiative invites congregations, networks and organizations in the diocese to brainstorm ideas about how to try something new in their ministry context in support of our shared mission strategy. (Need a refresher on our commitments? Find the mission strategy here.)
In this time of physical distancing, you may want to expand your virtual offerings—or begin them—and need some help doing so. Perhaps your congregation wants to place a little free library on your grounds and stock it with inspirational books. Maybe you want to begin an interreligious conversation group on Zoom, or host a virtual dialogue on dismantling racism. While our ideas of church have shifted somewhat in the current time, our mission work continues, and we hope you continue to think creatively about how to do that.
Once you have an idea in mind, you can apply for a grant of $500-$2,000 to make it a reality and see what happens.
The online application is available here.
The Mission Strategy Committee will review your application, looking to see the connection of your idea with the goals of our mission, the feasibility of the idea and the way it can help us live more fully as disciples of Jesus. They will notify you of their decision usually within 30 to 60 days. A total of $20,000 is available for grants in 2020, and applications will be received on a rolling basis. At the conclusion of your project, the committee will ask you to submit what you learned in the process; what worked and what didn’t; and to hear—and see in pictures or video—your story!
Questions may be directed to the Mission Strategy Committee at email@example.com.