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United Thank Offering (UTO)

We are happy to announce that the United Thank Offering Board is now accepting applications for the Young Adult Grants. There are a few changes to the process from last year that we want to share with you, so please read the following carefully, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Rev. Heather Melton, Missioner, at hmelton@episcopalchurch.org.

We are pleased to tell you that the UTO Board was thrilled with the response from the Young Adult community and has decided to expand the program. In addition to awarding ten (10) grants of $2,500 (the amount has doubled from last year) to the top ten grant applications received from young adults the Board will also award ten (10) grants of $2,500 to ten seminarians regardless of their age. The purpose of these grants is to provide start-up money for a new project that focuses on any of the Five Marks of Mission. There is a separate application for seminarians and young adults, but the deadlines, criteria and focus are the same. The grants will be awarded to the ten applications in each category that best fit the criteria and focus regardless of what province or seminary the applicants are from. Seminarian applications will be processed by the seminaries, but we hope you’ll encourage seminarians from your diocese to talk with their dean about applying. Both applications are included in this email and can be downloaded from www.episcopalchurch.org/uto or www.UnitedThankOffering.org.

Since two grant processes are happening at the same time, we hope the following will help add clarity.

Young Adult Grant Process

  • Young Adult grant applications must be written by and the subsequent project (if awarded) led by someone aged 21-30.
  • Young Adults should submit their applications to their diocese by the deadline set by the diocese.
  • The bishop will select one application per diocese. The diocesan office will submit its choice by Friday, January 29, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, to utoapps@episcopalchurch.org.
  • A bishop’s signature is required on the application. Applications without a bishop’s signature will not be accepted.
  • Young Adult Grant applicants will be notified of the status of their application on March 1, 2015. Grants will be paid to the Diocese at that time, unless the diocese has outstanding grant reports.

Seminarian Grant Process

  • Seminarian grant applications must be written by and the subsequent project (if awarded) led by someone currently enrolled in one of the ten accredited seminaries of The Episcopal Church.
  • Seminarians should submit their applications to their dean by the deadline set by the dean of the seminary.
  • The dean will select two applications per seminary. The dean’s office will submit its choice by Friday, January 29, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, to utoapps@episcopalchurch.org.
  • The dean’s signature is required on the application. Applications without a dean’s signature will not be accepted.
  • Seminarian Grant applicants will be notified of the status of their application on March 1, 2015. Grants will be paid to the seminary at that time.

UTO will offer two sets of webinars to answer questions. The first set is for those interested in applying who might have questions about the process or their specific project. Those will be held on December 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The second set is to help screening committees with their questions and will be held on January 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please join us at https://zoom.us/j/8140408194 or call in: 415.762.9988, Meeting ID: 814 040 8194. We look forward to receiving your applications!

2016 Young Adult Grant Application
2016 Young Adult – Bishop Approval Form
2016 Seminarian Application
2016 Seminarian – Dean Approval Form