Requesting Grants, Mini-grants, and Micro-Grants for Parish Work and Ministries.
The Parish annual budget provides for our normal activities subject to the limits of our annual pledges. However, we have an impressive number and assortment of ministries already active at Saint Andrew's and not every good idea for doing the parish work can be funded with our annual pledge budget.
Fortunately, the inspirational examples of John Peterson and Jessie Crane have led to the creation of endowment funds that provide modest annual money for the purpose of funding Parish work not covered by the budget for normal operations. Distributions from the endowments are used to fund new ministries, creative ideas or community needs that are outside of the normal budgetary process, and can include the physical, material, or human resources needed to carry out that ministry.
Who Can Request a Grant?
Any member of the parish can request funds to support good ideas that are constrained by the limits of our annual pledges. So, when any member of the parish sees a need for hiring help, buying equipment or materials to expand the work of the parish, then this Member (any member) can request a grant to do so. Any group of more than one member of the parish can request a grant also. To see how to request a grant, see below. But first, learn more about them.
How Large Are these Grants?
- Micro-grants—less than $250
- Grants—Over $500
To help you (that is, ANY member of St Andrews) think of anything that might do more good at St Andrews but is constrained only by money, we suggest these guidelines to generate ideas.
- Be observant - We all unconsciously filter out from what we see anything that we think might not be possible, for example because it costs money we don’t have for that purpose. Consciously look around you at parish work that could be done except for being constrained by money.
- Think small - It is much easier to come up with small ideas than big ones. Since our funds are modest, small is beautiful.
- What would John Peterson or Jessie Crane do? - Think of what they would have done. Neither John nor Jessie operated in grandiose terms. They did what was right in front of them that they saw needed to be done. If you didn’t know them, think of a person in your experience who epitomized what Christ would have us do, and use that as your guide--that’s what John and Jessie did and why their work and memory is honored by members of the Parish who have provided these funds.
- Stand on the Shoulders of Others - If you still can’t think of any ideas for expanding or enhancing the work of the church, in ways that are constrained only by money, stand on the shoulders of others--that is, consider ways to do more within existing areas of work in the church. Think about what more could be done in the areas where the only constraint is money.
We can't wait to hear from you!
Grant Application Forms
Here follows two links for electronic versions of the Endowment Grant application in PDF and Microsoft Word (docx) format. They may be printed and mailed via U.S. Post or edited on a computer then sent via email as an email attachment (email addresses on the form).
- PDF formatted version of the Endowment Grant Application.
- Microsoft Word version of the Endowment Grant Application.
Below is a web-form of the applications linked to above. It will submit an email to the Parish office and provide you a PDF copy of the submitted grant application.