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Seeds of Hope Grants
Seeds of Hope grants are available to congregations and diocesan groups to begin or expand ministries for social and economic justice causes.


Seeds of Hope grants are available to congregations and diocesan groups to begin or expand ministries for social and economic justice causes as they relate to the Five Marks of Mission. The Five Marks of Mission are an important statement on mission which expresses the Anglican Communion’s common commitment to an understanding of God’s holistic/integral mission. The first mark of mission is really a summary of what all mission is about, because it is based on Jesus’ own summary of his mission. Instead of being just one of five distinct activities, it should be the key statement about everything we do in mission.

The Five Marks of Mission:

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
  • To teach baptize and nurture new believers;
  • To respond to human need by loving service;
  • To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation;
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Seeds of Hope grants are available to congregations and diocesan groups (e.g., affiliated institutions, commissions and task forces) within the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia to support the development or expansion of Social Justice ministries sponsored by diocesan congregations and organizations. Seeds of Hope grants were the heart of our diocese’s Second Century “Feed My Sheep” campaign.

Funds from this drive produce income that is available on an annual basis for social justice ministries proposed by parishes, diocesan departments and commissions. It is envisioned that this seed money will be in the form of matching grants when possible so as to act as a catalyst to help parishes and other diocesan-affiliated groups begin or expand their ministries that reflect the biblical call to care and advocate for the “widow, the orphan, and the stranger.” It also includes the opportunity for special grants for economic justice causes.

Grants must support the development of new programs or support the expansion of such ministries that are already in action within congregations of the diocese. Requests that do not meet these criteria will not be considered.

Click here for the 2019 Grant announcement and application form

2018 Seeds of Hope Grants Awarded

St. Andrew’s, Norfolk
Grant will help Laundry Love provides free laundry service and homework help once a month in the Park Place neighborhood of Norfolk, as well as social events during the year.

St. James, Warfield
Grant will help provide food and materials for the Senior Citizens Outreach Program.

St. Paul’s, Lawrenceville
Grant will help fund the Lifelong Learning for Grandparents Raising Children. Grandparents receive educational programming, and workshops are offered for children. The grant will also fund activities for dialysis patients.

St. Thomas, Freeman
Grant will help fund the Youth Empowerment Project, providing supplies, food and transportation for this educational program.

Latino Ministry on the Eastern Shore
Grant will help provide transportation and materials for the Dos Santos Support Groups for women, children and men, serving the Latino community on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

St. Paul’s, Newport News
Grant will help the Community Action Network, which serves the homeless and working poor, to create space for a library, conference and training room.  St. Paul’s also received a second grant to enable them to replace the chest freezer used by their feeding program.

Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach
Grant will provide support for the Manna Pantry Garden Project, in conjunction with the Girl Scout troop that meets at the church, to grow food for the church’s pantry.

St. Martin’s, Williamsburg
Grant will provide seed funds for Nests in the Shade: Homes for Our Neighbors, assisting homeless individuals and families to transition to permanent housing.

Mission of the Holy Spirit, Norfolk
Grant will help fund Bridging the Gaps, a weekly educational program for Mission families.


Last Published: July 15, 2019 11:45 AM