The United Thank Offering (UTO) will offer two webinars coming up regarding the 2021 grant process:
- Tuesday, January 12, at noon Eastern Time to register, visit:
- Tuesday, January 12, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time to register, visit: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlcumqqT0qHtTAZgeEnMFXAX_X4MrjwF5B
The due date for submission of grant applications to the diocesan UTO coordinator, the Rev. Mary Carson, is February 15, 2021 for screening prior to the bishop or standing committee signing the required authorization form.
The focus for the 2021 annual grant applications is Recovering with Love and Gratitude: An Episcopal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Contexts. See website for detailed grant information: https://episcopalchurch.org/2021-uto-grants
Here is an exerpt:
The 2021 United Thank Offering Grant session will focus on the following: Recovering with Love and Gratitude: An Episcopal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Contexts. The United Thank Offering will accept applications in two categories: sustaining ministries and innovative ministries at two different funding levels through two granting cycles. The criteria for each category are different, so please read the following carefully. Applicants must demonstrate concisely how the project directly supports the recovery effort.
Sustaining Ministry Grants: are applications for previous UTO grant sites that are addressing the increased needs in their communities caused by COVID-19. This category honors the tradition of UTO to fund grant sites for numerous years in order to maintain programs after the World Wars and the Spanish Flu Epidemic. Applicants in this category must demonstrate that the funds requested to sustain current ministries, which were started with UTO funds, (e.g. elder care, post-prison reentry, preschools, food insecurity ministries, substance abuse) will be used to directly offset the increased need caused by COVID-19 and the economic downturn.
Innovative Ministry Grants: are applications that are for start-up costs for NEW ministries or new projects/programs within an existing ministry program beyond simply increasing the number of participants in the current program that address community needs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.
Funding Levels and Grant Cycles: Due to the extreme need in our local communities, for this granting cycle, the UTO Board will utilize funding levels in order to help as many applicants as possible. There are two different levels for funding requests: Seed Funding ($0 to $10,000) and Impact Funding ($10,001 to $25,000). Additionally, the UTO Board recognizes that the needs of communities are dire now and will continue, therefore, we will have two grant cycles for 2021 within the focus area. The UTO Board will grant all Ingathering funds received by August 31, 2020 and awarded in October 2020 and the remaining Ingathering will be awarded in April 2021 through a second grant cycle.