SPARTA, NJ - The Outreach Committee of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Sparta, NJ, will be awarding $25,000 to a deserving project initiative in Sussex County that best represents the mission of its congregation in serving the needs of others. Any program that works to provide relief, support, or furthers initiatives: in the areas of education, feeding, and housing for the underserved, will be considered for this grant.
Founded in 1919, St. Mary’s is a congregation firmly committed to outreach. In addition to a good percentage of congregants who volunteer at a wide range of programs that address needs in education, feeding, and housing, the congregation pledges 22.5% of its entire operating budget to several outreach initiatives. Historically awarding up to $5,000 on any project, thanks to a sizeable gift to the congregation, St. Mary’s is able to make this one-time award.
The proposal form and grant proposal cover sheet will be made available on October 15th. It may either be downloaded from the St. Mary’s website, www.stmaryssparta.org under Forms and Downloads in the Resources tab on the home page, or available by calling the church office at 973-729-3136.
The deadline for the application request is November 14th. Applications received after the deadline or are returned to St. Mary’s incomplete, will not be considered. No more than 15% of this award should be designated to general administrative costs, and the project must be in Sussex County. The grant award will be announced by March 31st, 2014.