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.

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.


Summary of 2016 Outreach Grants | Read Thank Yous from 2016 Recipients (listed below)

  • Alafia Place offers an affordable and supportive residential community for Minneapolis north side leaders dedicated to making a difference in the community. Leaders of innovative community initiatives or organizations are invited to apply for 3-year residencies (which can be renewed for an additional three years). While living at Alafia Place, residents receive support to develop themselves and their organizations.
  • La Mision El Santo Nino Jesus is an Episcopal congregation serving the growing Hispanic community in the Twin Cities. It is currently sharing space with St. Paul’s on the Hill but is preparing to move to a new space in an area that better meets the needs of their immigrant community.
  • Families Moving Forward offers families experiencing homelessness hospitality, emergency shelter in congregations and a path to home with support for stability. FMF is a ministry of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.
  • Spectrum’s Service Projects funds the service work of St. Stephen’s youth (including the week-long service trip to White Earth, MN and the Summer in the City program in Chicago).
  • Ready for Success provides low-income women and men with gently-used and new professional clothing suitable for job interviews and the workplace.
  • Holy Family After School Program provides learning, fun and high-energy activities in a loving, safe, spirit-filled environment for children from low- and no-income families. Our youth traveled to Chicago to do service work with minister Leslie Hunter of Holy Family for many years.
  • Holy Cross Anglican School, Belize, serves the children of the Island of Ambergris Caye, Belize, where St. Stephen’s volunteers are engaged through work trips and serve on the non-profit board.
  • Grant Community Preschool is a free kindergarten readiness program serving the children of North Minneapolis (with Community Covenant Church).
  • Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) was 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.
  • Loaves & Fishes serves nutritious, delicious dinners to our neighbors in South Minneapolis at St. Stephen’s School. St. Stephen’s serves these meals on the 5th Tuesday of the month (five times per year).
  • Michelle Project serves families in transition who are homeless or living in sub-standard conditions, enduring very difficult or abusive circumstances, and in need of emotional support and advocacy, in partnership with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.
  • EpiscoBuilders creates affordable housing in the Twin Cities, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. 
  • First Nations Kitchen is a ministry of All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis that serves a weekly meal based on an indigenous, ancestral diet to the surrounding community. St. Stephen’s volunteers have helped cook and serve this meal several times.
  • Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals to people in Edina who are home bound, elderly, or disabled and unable to prepare their own meals. St. Stephen’s volunteers deliver meals on the third and fifth Thursdays and fourth Tuesdays of each month.