2015 Missional Innovative Partnership Grant Recipients Announced

January 14, 2015

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota is excited to announce the recipients of the 2015 Missional Innovative Partnership Grants. The Grant Discernment Team awarded 12 grants totaling $70,500 for Missional Innovative Partnerships that met the following criteria:

  • Work that is firmly rooted in God’s desire to reconcile the world (Missional)
  • New imaginings that help address community needs (Innovative)
  • Inviting others into community to build capacity (Partnership)

The 12 recipients of this year’s grants are:

Neighbor Helping Neighbor (Holy Apostles, St. Paul) – $7,500
The Hmong community has walked the same path as the Karen and learned much. Now, we will share that experience and knowledge with compassion and understanding. We will strive to meet the basic needs of the families for health, food, clothing, and furniture, plus aid them in the skills and knowledge that will help their families grow and prosper.

Partnership with Dodge County Drug Court (St. Peter’s, Kasson) – $2,000
This partnership between St. Peter’s in Kasson and the Dodge County Drug Court will help alleviate the cost of Drug Court for those in need, and allow the Court to expand their programs and resources.  

Churches United in Ministry: Planning, creating, and sustaining edible gardens at Steve O’Neil Apartments (Trinity, Hermantown and St. Andrew’s, Cloquet) – $7,500
St. Andrews, Cloquet and Trinity, Hermantown are partnering with Churches United in Ministry in planning, creating, and sustaining edible and sensory gardens at the Steve O’Neil Apartments for homeless families and children.

The St. Cloud Coalition for Homeless Men (St. John’s, St. Cloud) – $6,000
The Coalition is a volunteer group of neighbors and community members working with men experiencing homelessness—these men are as much a part of the coalition as anyone else. The goal is the next step, whatever that step as identified by the homeless may be. Along the way, the Coalition works with local organizations to brainstorm community solutions, raise public awareness, and advocate for funding and public policy. 

Cass Lake Area Food Shelf (St. Peter’s, Cass Lake) – $15,000
The Cass Lake Area Food Shelf will partner with St. Peter’s Episcopal Mission, supporting food purchases and a part-time local Food Shelf Coordinator who will build on, and expand, existing relationships with the various congregations, civil society organizations, and local, regional, and tribal governmental agencies that serve the Cass Lake area.

Drake Hotel and The Family Partnership: Helping families in need (Gethsemane, Minneapolis) – $5,000
Gethsemane will actively be soliciting support for this venture from the Drake Hotel which provides housing for homeless families and The Family Partnership which provides social service, support, and other resources for families in need.

Echo Food Shelf (St. John The Evangelist, Mankato) – $10,000
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Mankato, MN, is proposing a partnership with ECHO Food Shelf in Mankato. ECHO has identified a need regarding seniors and handicapped individuals in our area who cannot access food shelf services because they cannot get to ECHO for emergency food assistance. In the program we have designed, St. John’s will meet with ECHO clients who are unable to access the food shelf and we will deliver their food to them.

Rhythms of Grace Worship Service for autistic children and their families (St. Clement’s, St. Paul) – $2,500
St. Clement’s will partner with St. John the Evangelist, St. Paul, to offer a monthly service called Rhythms of Grace with a collective hope to build a bridge through liturgy with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Asperger syndrome, or sensory processing challenges. This work will take the churches into exploratory relationships with various advocacy, educational, and service organizations that are already in partnership with members of this under-served community.

Austin Human Rights Commission (Christ Church, Austin) – $4,000
Christ Episcopal Church in Austin will partner with the Austin Human Rights Commission to cohost a series of “Community Conversations” designed to focus attention on issues of race and white privilege.

St. Christopher’s Community Dinner (St. Christopher’s, Roseville) – $1,000
St. Christopher’s will broaden their current community dinners from not only consciously choosing to serve healthy foods but helping our guests to make healthy choices when cooking on their own. 

Pilot Program: Rapid Response Team for families in transition (Trinity, Excelsior) – $2,000
Trinity and its partners have envisioned a pilot program that seeks to engage families in transition with the additional support of those already working to meet the needs of the community. Such a program of support is envisioned to offer resettlement and move-in assistance, including connection with necessary local services, along with an enhanced and extended relationship with the community.

RezCycle Inc.: Earn a Bike Program for youth on the White Earth Reservation (Church of the Epiphany, Plymouth) – $8,000
The Earn a Bike program provides participating youth with their own transportation in the form of the bicycle they earn by refurbishing one provided by RezCycle as they learn basic bicycle mechanics and repair while participating in the program.

ECMN received 32 applications this year, and the field of proposals was highly competitive. Congratulations to the above recipients whose proposed partnerships with organizations in their communities have successfully demonstrated all of the key elements of a Missional Innovative Partnership. 

Please join with all of ECMN in thanking the Grant Discernment Team for their hard work. They are:

The Rev. George Ham
Ms. Sue Grove
The Rev. Jeff Nelson
The Rev. Phil Boelter
Mr. Steve Mullaney
Mr. Sebastian Tippett
Mr. John Cole

The Grant Discernment Team will be working to refine the process for applications and discernment for the 2016 Missional Innovative Partnership Grants, and we want to encourage you to begin thinking about ways in which God is calling your faith community into mission.