2012 Church Planting Grant applications now being accepted

The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Evangelization recently announced that applications for 2012 Church Planting Grants are now being accepted.
Grant applications and a comprehensive list of requirements and expectations may be downloaded here.

According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the number of missions receiving grants for 2012 will be determined by the amount of funding received through the current OCA Mission Appeal, launched on September 22, 2011.

“Grants of up to $25,000.00 are awarded to first year recipients,” said Father Eric. “The grant may only be used to help provide a salary for a full-time resident priest and must be matched by the qualifying mission, deanery, or diocese. Grants may be renewed for a maximum of three years.”
Nearly 30 missions have received Church Planting Grants since the program was initiated over 15 years ago.  Most of these missions have successfully transitioned to full parish status.
Missions that received grants in 2011 must apply anew for the coming year.

Applications must be filled out completely and submitted to the department by November 1, 2011. The grant application must be reviewed and approved by the diocesan bishop prior to submission. After a review by the department, recommendations for qualified missions will be submitted to the Holy Synod of Bishops for final approval. Grants begin in January.

For additional information, please contact Father Eric at 516-922-0550 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or write to the Orthodox Church in America Chancery, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY, 11791.

To donate to the OCA Mission Appeal, which funds the grants, please visit https://www.oca.org/about/2011-mission-appeal.