Congregational Development Grants

Congregational Development Grants are one way the diocesan budget supports worshiping communities in strengthening community vitality and deepening relationships with God. The program challenges congregations to try new programs and prayerfully reflect on current and proposed programs that nurture and reimagine congregational life.

The 2021 guidelines are attached below. Congregations intending to apply in 2021 should submit a letter of intent via the form here by March 1.

For congregations that submit a letter of intent, the completed application is due on May 3. Microsoft Word versions of these forms are available upon request and may be e-mailed to Completed Congregational Development Grant applications are due on or before May 3, 2021.

Successful grant applications will be program-specific. The grants committee will consider applications submitted jointly by multiple congregations as may be appropriate. For the purposes of this grant program, a “congregation” is any worshiping community of the diocese, including campus ministries, chaplaincies, deaneries and parish partnerships, as well as individual parishes and missions.

To be eligible for grants or loans administered by the Diocese of Massachusetts, congregations must be in compliance with basic reporting requirements. Please review these standards prior to applying:

  • Parochial Report (2020 report due March 1, 2021; if grant is awarded prior to March 1, the 2019 report suffices)
  • Annual Audit (2020 audit due September 1, 2021; if award is prior to Sept. 1, the 2019 audit suffices)
  • Annual Leadership Report including Safe Church Audit (2021 report due March 27, 2021; if award is prior to March 27, the 2020 report suffices)
  • Current on payments (<90 days in arrears) annual assessment, diocesan loans, clergy pension, health premiums
  • Diocesan grants that have a matching component may not include funds from other diocesan grants or the value of in-kind donations as part of their match. Matching grants must be matched by actual cash.

Congregations that have not met these requirements will not be issued award funds until they demonstrate they are in compliance with these standards.

Help is available. If you would like guidance or assistance from a Congregational Consultant with completing any of these requirements please contact your regional canon.

Questions may be directed to Jennifer Garrett, Assistant for Congregations and Events Coordinator, at or 617-482-4826, ext. 421.

Learn more:

Find a brochure summarizing all diocesan grant and loan programs here.