Parishes, Districts, and other collaborations (with at least one coordinating parish) may apply to the diocese for “Five Marks of Mission Block Grants,” one-year grants of up to $3,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications submitted by the end of a calendar quarter will be evaluated in the next calendar quarter.

Staff Contact: Cathy Hobart, Diocesan Controller

(315) 474-6596 x131 | e-mail


Five Marks of Mission Block Grant Request Form


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What are the general areas that are funded by Five Marks of Mission Block Grants?
A. Five Marks of Mission Block Grant Requests must focus on one or more of the Marks of Mission:

  1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
  2. To teach, baptize and nurture new believers.
  3. To respond to human need by loving service.
  4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society.
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Q. What types of projects specifically might be approved?
A. Novel projects, startups, and out of the box thinking are preferred. Applications may come from Parishes, Districts, or other collaborations, although there must be a coordinating Parish.

Q. What things are not funded?
A. Salaries and fringe benefits will not be covered. Existing programs will not be supported, but a new and novel addition to a program could be. Funds for support of a traditional part of a parish’s programs will not be covered.

Q. Are there limits?
A. The maximum grant is $3,000. The grant is for one year. Grants for the same program for subsequent years are unlikely.

Q. What are the deadlines?
A. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications received by the end of the calendar quarter will be evaluated in the following quarter. You can expect a response by the end of the second month of that quarter.

Q. What are the stumbling blocks?
A. There must be a clear exposition of how the Five Marks of Mission are included. There must be a clear path of what happens to the program after the grant period ends; will it become self‐funded or will the parish(es) take on the ongoing support?

Q. If I still have questions before I submit the Grant Application to whom do I talk?
A. We strongly encourage ongoing communication during the development of the application. Contact Cathy Hobart (contact info above) in the diocesan offices, and she will put you in contact with the committee member who can best answer the questions or concerns.

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