Grants for Congregations
Two grants programs are available to fund church initiatives and needs
Churches in The Diocese of South Carolina have two grant processes available to seek funding from the Diocese.
Ministry Grants - Application due May 1 by 5 pm
Ministry Grants will be awarded to congregations for initiatives that will enhance the mission and ministry of the Diocese, with special consideration given to missions and worship groups. Through this grant program, the Diocese identifies innovative and worthwhile ministries in a church where a relatively modest amount of grant money can make a significant difference. Grant requests can be submitted for, but are not limited to, new or continued initiatives that will enhance parish life. The Diocesan Trustees have made an annual commitment of $50,000 to the Ministry Grants program.
Parishes and Missions Support Grants - Applications ongoing
The second grant program draws from the existing Parishes and Missions Support budget line item, which is funded at $150,000 in 2020. This money is available to churches in need of emergency or temporary funding. Previously, such requests have gone to the Diocesan Finance Committee to review and make a recommendation to Diocesan Council. These grants can be used for expenses including, but not limited to, clergy or lay salaries, rent and other initiatives to enhance parish life.
Under the new process, churches will go through an application process similar to the one used for the Ministry Grants, and be required to give regular progress reports after receiving a grant. The process was created to make the funding method more transparent and accessible to all congregations.
Applications for both grant processes are available on this page of our website. Applications for Ministry Grants are accepted from February 1 - May 1, 2020 and applications for Department of Parishes and Missions Grants can be submitted at any time throughout the calendar year.