A Grant Opportunity for Lay Women

A Grant Opportunity for Lay Women

article by Gaye Ann McWade, Chair of the Northern California Commission on Women's Ministries

Given seed money of $500 to $1,000, imagine what a small group of women could do to launch a new ministry or enhance an existing ministry that benefits women in your parish or neighboring community.

Our diocesan Commission on Women’s Ministries (CWM) is now a source of funding for grants specific to lay women in ministry. The goal is to empower lay women in parishes to dream boldly, to lead lovingly, and to spread the Good News of Jesus in our own communities.

We are launching this grant-funding project in support of our diocesan mission to “Make Disciples, Raise Up Saints, and Transform Communities for Christ in Northern California.”

March 15, 2012: Grant applications are due. Go to www.norcalcwm.com to find applications and information.

April 14, 2012: All women of the diocese are invited to our Spring Gathering of the Commission on Women’s Ministries at St. Francis, Fair Oaks, to meet and bless the lay women whose grant applications have been selected and to learn how they plan to implement their ministry proposals.

September 22, 2012: All women of the diocese are invited to our Fall Gathering of the Commission on Women’s Ministries to celebrate the efforts and progress of the grant recipients and their funded ministries. We will also plan together how to reach more lay women in the grant application process for the next funding cycle.

Our Guidelines for Grants for Lay Women in Ministry

The CWM Board of Directors seeks to grant funds to new and expanded ministries that reflect
the following:

~ Ministries that serve women in economic, social or spiritual need
~ Ministries that serve women within a parish or community in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
~ Ministries that encourage leadership development of women
~ Ministries that encourage women to articulate and act upon the voice of Christ within
~ Ministries that can be shared with and adapted by women in other congregations to serve similar parish or community needs of women
~ Ministries that have potential to continue after the CWM Fund Grant has expired, using the skills of volunteers and new sources of funding

Funding for the grants is coming from a fund, held by the diocese, of monies given to the CWM in previous years. Additional funds are being generated by donations made to the CWM when they facilitate the program

Listen for the Voice Within, which is based on the nationally recognized Public Narrative process. The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner has blessed the Sunday prior to Labor Day for an annual Women’s Ministries appeal. All donations will be used for grants.

The Commission on Women’s Ministries (CWM) is the diocesan umbrella for women’s groups and organizations in the Northern California Diocese: Church Periodical Club (CPC), Daughters of the King (DOK), Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Light Your Lamp Fund, Sisters of the Transfiguration, United Thank Offering (UTO) and other women’s groups and guilds.

If you have questions or ideas, please phone me, Gaye Anne McWade, at (916) 960-9121, or email me, gmcwade@bamagazine.com.

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