This page contains information and forms relating to the process for Parish Development Grants in the Diocese of New Westminster.
The application process for 2020 is currently underway. Parishes who submitted an Intent to Apply form will be informed of the progress of their application and the next steps in due course.
The 2021 process will begin in April 2020. The timeline for the Parish Development Grants will be changing considerably, with Intent to Apply applications due on September 1st 2020 and a shorter full application and interview process taking place over the subsequent two months. More information about these changes will be published on this page in early 2020!
The Purpose of Parish Development Grants
The overall purpose of Parish Development Grants is to assist parishes in the Diocese as they develop, with God’s help, into healthier, more faithful, and more effective communities of faith. We are interested, therefore, in making grants to parishes that have a vision for their own development and want the Diocese’s assistance in moving toward the vision.
In considering an application, parish leaders may find the following definition of parish development helpful:
Parish Development is the development of parishes of all sizes, locations, and conditions into more faithful, healthy, and effective communities of faith that are:
Some examples of the kinds of grants we would like to support are:
Examples of Parish Development Grants
In 2019, the Parish Development Grants team awarded 6 grants to projects around the diocese. These projects included:
Church of the Epiphany to develop a new website, including funding for a video production which will be an integral part of the website’s communication to the local community.
All Saints, Burnaby to develop and then implement a series of concerts and receptions which will build on their recent experiences in beginning to make connections in their neighborhood.
St. Dunstan, Aldergrove to form a centre for Spiritual Practice for people in the Valley, building on ministry the parish has been doing among people from a Christian fundamentalist background who are seeking new and healthy ways of connecting to God through Anglican spirituality
St. Hilda, Sechelt to commission a feasibility study on the redevelopment of their property, with local partners, to serve current and future mission.
St. George, Maple Ridge hire a Worship and Youth Pastor continuing to build the parish’s growth among young families – the parish ran a successful vacation Bible School/summer day camp in 2018 which was funded by a previous Parish Development Grant.
St. Mary, Sapperton for a second year to respond to a rapid period of growth in attendance by developing appropriate children and family ministries in the parish.
Application Process and Timeline for 2020 Grants
By February 1, 2019: Information and forms are available on the Diocesan website
By April 5, 2019: Parishes submit a completed “Intent to Apply” form (no cover letter required) to the Parish Development Grants team: email@example.com This may be followed by further consultation and clarification with the Director for Mission and Ministry Development and the Parish Development Grants Team.
By May 1, 2019: Parishes are notified whether they will be invited to make a full application. If invited to make a grant request, they will be provided a full “Grant Application” form.
By June 1, 2019: Parishes submit their completed Grant Application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
During July and August 2019: The Parish Development Grants Team reviews all the grant applications and creates a draft short-list.
During September and October 2019: The Parish Development Grants Team meet with selected parishes to explore/discuss their applications and projects.
October 2019: A final list of recommended grants is approved by the Administrators of the Anglican Initiatives Fund.
In early November: Granting decisions are completed. The Parish Development Grants Team: (1) notifies parishes of the outcome of their application in early November (2) shares comments with each parish (3) provides information on the process to receive funds and (4) explains expectations for the parish reporting its progress back to the Parish Development Grants Team.
By February 19, 2021: Parishes submit reports to the Director for Mission & Ministry Development on the use of their grant monies and the results of the grant on their parish’s life. These reports will be reviewed by the Parish Development Grants Team.
Questions about the Parish Development Grants process can be directed to the Parish Development Grants team at email@example.com or to the Rev. Tellison Glover, Director of Mission & Ministry Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 684 6306 ext. 219.
To download a copy of the Parish Development Grants process information sheet, please click this link.
 Definition taken from the manual of the Diocesan School for Parish Development, Diocese of New Westminster.