The 2021 UTO Annual Grant Application and supporting materials are available now at episcopalchurch.org/utogrants. The focus for this year’s grant applications is 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: seed (up to $10,000) and impact ($10,000-$25,000).
Each diocese may submit one seed grant and one impact grant. Grant Proposals should be submitted ASAP to the UTO Diocesan Grant Review Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee will review the proposals and submit the top three to the Office of the Bishop for final approval.
Please be advised that the need is especially great this year. UTO will grant the amount requested, so please only request what you need. If you can do your project for $500, please ask for that amount. Do not inflate your budget, as it will be granted in full. By requesting the minimum, you need to complete your project, you help to ensure that as many grants as possible can be awarded.
The deadline for submitting the 2021 UTO Grant Application is approaching. All applications must be uploaded by Friday, February 26, at 5 p.m. EST. The UTO Board strongly encourages all grant applicants to submit their applications as early as possible. Our UTO Staff Officer, the Rev. Canon Heather Melton, is available to answer questions and provide editorial assistance. We encourage you to make use of her assistance so that your application can be as strong and as complete as possible. Applications that are received within 3-4 weeks prior to the deadline will be given a full review, and there will be the opportunity to fix any issues Heather finds, so make sure to include all components listed. The closer we get to the deadline, the less assistance you will receive. Any applications submitted on the last day will be processed as received.
Please be advised of the following deadlines regarding help with the application, as outlined in the grant materials:
- Sunday, February 7 – deadline to submit drafts of applications for review by Heather.
- Friday, February 12 – deadline to submit draft budgets for review.
- Tuesday, February 23 – final day to submit via Formstack and receive information on what is missing in the application so it still can be added before the final deadline.