Deanery Grants

Grants from both programs are awarded by vote of deanery assemblies. Applications can be submitted at any time from January through Oct. 1, and must have been approved by vote of the deanery assembly prior to submission to the diocesan offices for funding. A congregation may receive both Sending Serving and House of Mercy funds, for the same project or multiple projects, in a single year.

Sending Serving Grants

The Diocese of Massachusetts awards Sending Serving grant funds to support domestic and international programs that enhance the outreach ministries of congregations through new or existing programs. These programs support the vitality of congregations, youth and urban-ethnic-multicultural ministries. Collaborative projects are encouraged. Awarded funds must be matched by an equal contribution from the congregation(s), which may be raised through a targeted fundraising effort.

  • In 2021, deaneries may apply for up to $1,000.
  • Awarded funds must be matched by an equal contribution from the congregation(s), which may be raised through a targeted fundraising effort.
  • See the attached document, below, for application information.

House of Mercy Grants

The Diocese of Massachusetts awards House of Mercy grant funds to support programs and projects that serve women and children in need.

  • In 2021, deaneries may apply for up to $2,863.
  • Matching funds are not required for this grant.
  • See the attached document, below, for application information.

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 Sept. 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.

See the attached document, below, for application information. A year-end report is expected from each congregation that receives grant funds. Submit your report using the online form here or by e-mailing the information on page six of the application to Jennifer Garrett (jgarrett@diomass.org).

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

Learn more:

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