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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.

2020 Grant Announcement

2020 grant applications must be postmarked NO LATER THAN September 30, 2020. Awards will be announced and distributed no later than November 30, 2020. The grant must be used by July 31, 2021. Recipients must also submit a report, with pictures, if available, before applying for any subsequent grant, but no later than Aug. 31, 2021, describing how the funds were allocated and the results of the project. Click here for application information and form.

2019 Seeds of Hope Grants Awarded

Grants applied for in 2019 for use in 2020

Christ & St. Luke’s, Norfolk
A Community Garden: Many Hands Make for Light Work. Grant will be used to purchase equipment for the garden which supplies the parish soup kitchen and local food bank.

Mission of the Holy Spirit, Norfolk
Bridging the Gaps. Grant will provide funds for facilitators, transportation, supplies and snacks for this educational program for Mission families.

St. Andrew’s, Lawrenceville and St. Paul’s, Lawrenceville
Seed & Feed Program and People in Need Program. Grant funds will fund educational programming for senior citizens, youth, dialysis patients and children being raised by single parents or grandparents. Grant will also provide funds for join program with Dept. of Social Services to assist with basic needs for residents of Brunswick County.

St. Andrew’s, Norfolk
Mentally Healthy Norfolk Initiative: Stigma Free Campaign. Grant will fund production of brochures and posters, training expenses for identifying people in crisis, and re-design of program website.

St. James, Warfield
Senior Citizen Outreach Program. Grant will fund printing of program materials for participants and food for healthy lunches program.

St. Thomas, Freeman
Senior Pals Program and Youth Empowerment Project. Grant will fund presenters, food and supplies, transportation for cultural trips for programs serving the senior citizens and youth of the community.


Last Published: August 14, 2020 1:40 PM