Missional Innovative Partnership Grants

All across Minnesota, God is inviting us to partner with our neighbors. As we live in this divided and hurting world, God calls us to join in with others who are working to make our communities stronger, healthier, safer, and more just.

Application Process

All across Minnesota, God is inviting us to partner with our neighbors. As we live in this divided and hurting world, God calls us to join in with others who are working to make our communities stronger, healthier, safer, and more just.

MIP grants are due by 5pm, Monday, May 6, 2019.  This dates coincide with the Meeting of Elected Bodies on June 8, as the Mission Committee of Council approves the grants.  Grants requests can be made for any dollar amount up to $5,000. 

Grants must have an Episcopal component with a non-Episcopal partnership.  Grants should be as detailed as possible with specific information about the use of the funds, how this is innovative, and why it is important to your community.

To submit your grant, please click this link (http://tinyurl.com/ECMN-MIP), if you are unable to complete the form on-line, please connect with the Missioner for Community Engagement at rachel.b@episcopalmn.org, and she will coordinate a plan with you. If you have questions, please call Rachel at 612-870-3321.  It is best to connect at least one week prior to your grant if you have questions, please plan accordingly.

**Please note that if you do not have a google account, you will not be able to attach additional documents for the application, please email these to rachel.b@episcopalmn.org with the title ‘MIP Grant – Group Name’.

The spring MIP application is due by May 6 at 5pm. Apply here!

Key pieces for a MIP grant:

1. Episcopal component (ECMN faith community, faith community group, ECMN affiliate, etc…)

2. Partnership (At least one non-Episcopal faith community partner)

3. New/addresses need (Project is filling a gap and/or innovative)

Beloved Community connection

Each year ECMN focuses how we can live deeper into our call to build and participate in Beloved Community.  To learn more about what these means for our context and culture, please visit www.creatingbelovedcommunity.org.

General information

Relationships and good partnerships take nurturing, intention, and time. The MIP Grant process encourages year-round innovation and attention to relationship building with partners. It allows for adapting and responding to the changing needs in your neighborhoods, and for getting advice and assistance as you put together your application.

Awards and Follow-up

If you are awarded a grant there are some evaluation pieces for after your event.  This information will be detailed in the award letter and depends on if your project is one event or an on-going program.

Examples of funded projects:

Christ Church in Red Wing – Tribal Justice film and panel

The goal of this project was to partner with Messiah Episcopal Church,  Prairie Island’s native community and create a project that brings awareness and understanding to the wider community.  The event was held at the local movie theater, started with a meal at the church.

St. Christopher's in Roseville – Anuak Women partnership

The goal of this project was to partner with the women of the Anuak Tribe, from Ethiopia, and provide a space for them to come together the do their bead work.  This partnership has expanded to now include this Anuak community at community dinner’s at St. Christopher and the Anuak women sold their beaded jewelry at the ECMN Convention September 2018.

Christ Church in Austin – Community Connect

The goal of this project was to partner with over 40+ nonprofit agencies in Austin, MN and create a one-day event where those on the margins can come to get support.  This event included a food shelf, hygiene needs, meals, flu-shots, county support service connections, and a mean by Hormel.  Christ Church helped coordinate the event and then provided the hygiene bags for families. 

 

We invite consultation and questions!

Do you have an idea?

Do you have a partner?

Unclear of what to do next?

Need more data and planning for your grant?

Contact Missioner for Community Engagement, Rachel Babbitt, at rachel.b@episcopalmn.org for more information.