New Initiative Grants 

Dreaming about a new ministry in your community? Apply now for a New Initiative Fund grant from Diocesan Council. 

Click here for a list of all grant awards since 2011.

Each congregation and organization in the Diocese of Maine is eligible to apply for funding to support new ministries, expand existing ministries in new directions, or to discern ministry possibilities in their community.

Applications will be evaluated on the how closely they meet the Seven Criteria for Mission, approved at Diocesan Convention in 2011. 

At its June 2017 meeting, Diocesan Council voted to regularize the deadlines schedule for two rounds of grant funding going forward.  

Round 1 deadline for applications is January 1 and Round 2 deadline is July 1. Grant applications received on or before those deadlines will be considered at Diocesan Council's next regularly scheduled meeting. 

The online application for either round may be found at 

RECOMMENDED: Download the new and improved (Word) application worksheet and complete your application on that before cutting and pasting your application into the online Survey Monkey application above.

Once your application is processed, you will be contacted by a Diocesan Council member from your area. That member will serve as your advocate through the application process.


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