Apply for Outreach Grants

CONTACT: Kate Thornton

At St. Stephen’s, we believe there are many ways to answer the call of Christ to recognize and alleviate human suffering beyond our own doors. We answer this call by supporting local, state and global organizations and programs through volunteer efforts and financial means. Our Outreach Committee distributes funds annually in the form of grants. The funds are raised from the proceeds of our annual Bash After Dark fun-raiser and those given through the St. Stephen’s Fund.

The outreach efforts and support of our parish center around three main focus areas –

Issues Facing Youth
Alleviating Hunger
Alleviating Homelessness

To apply for a grant –

  1. Reviewing the Outreach Committee Grant-Making Guidelines
  2. Download the Outreach Grant Application and return it to Kate Thornton, the chair of the Outreach Committee.

2017 GRANT AWARDS

  • 66 West, Beacon Interfaith Housing:  $16,667
    Focus Area: Youth, Homelessness
    Thirty-nine apartments of supportive housing for southwest suburban youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness. St. Stephen’s is proud to have pledged $50,000 over three years to be an Angel Donor for 66 West.
  • Circle of the Beloved:  $10,000
    Focus Area: Youth, Homelessness, Hunger
    Circle of the Beloved is the Minnesota Chapter of the Episcopal Service Corps.  Four residents live in intentional community in North Minneapolis and work full time at local non-profits that work to close opportunity gaps in Minnesota.
  • EpiscoBuilders:  $5000
    Focus Area: Homelessness
    Creates affordable housing in the Twin Cities, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Episcopal Relief & Development:  $5000, hurricane relief
    Focus Area: Homelessness, Hunger
    ERD works with Episcopal Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. It rebuilds after disasters and empowers people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease.
  • Grant Community Preschool:  $11,500
    Focus Area: Youth
    A 50-year partnership with Community Covenant Church which provides a free kindergarten readiness program serving the children of North Minneapolis.
  • JSAW:  $500 (for new bibles)
    Focus Area: Youth
    An action sports ministry turning skateboarders, snowboarders and skiers into disciples.  Located in Edina, JSAW integrates mentoring relationships, service projects and small group Bible studies with action sports activities, camps and trips.
  • Meals on Wheels:  $1750
    Focus Area: Hunger
    Delivers nutritious meals to people in Edina who are home bound, elderly, or disabled and unable to prepare their own meals.
  • Ready for Success:  $1000
    Focus Area: Homelessness, Hunger
    Provides low-income women and men with gently-used and new professional clothing suitable for job interviews and the workplace.
  • Shoe Away Hunger:  $5000
    Focus Area: Hunger
    Shoe Away Hunger sells donated, used footwear to provide an eco-friendly means of support for Feeding The Futures and various local food shelves.
  • St. Stephen’s Youth:  $6000 for White Earth trip
    Focus Area: Youth
    This summer some of our youth spent a week in the White Earth Indian Reservation.  Outreach funds supplemented their budget for service opportunities during the trip.
  • Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP): $6000
    Focus Area: Hunger
    Created by churches in Edina, Richfield, Bloomington and south Minneapolis to serve those in need throughout the community. Services provided include children and youth services, transportation services, social services and food programs.

View the 2016 Outreach Grant Awards