The New Initiative Fund grant process is for congregations and program groups in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine to request funding for new ministries and efforts or to expand existing ministries in new directions.

Before you begin, please complete the 2015 New Initiative Grants Application - Round 2 Worksheet which can be found at http://tinyurl.com/nif-round2

Please keep this version for your records, then copy and paste your answers to this online form. The deadline for online submission is Friday, September 4. Once your application is received, a member of Diocesan Council will be in touch to follow up and will act as your proposal's advocate at Council's meeting on September 19.

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* 1. Name of Project

* 2. Contact Name

* 3. Contact Email

* 4. Contact Phone

* 5. Sponsor Congregation/Organization/Town

* 6. Has your priest-in-charge signed off on this application?

* 7. How have you involved your congregation in the development of this ministry?

* 8. Purpose of Project (100 words or less)

* 9. Scope of work over the next 12 months

* 10. List other sources of income for the project with amounts.

* 11. List the names and email addresses of those who will directly involved with this project.

* 12. Total request from the New Initiative Fund

* 13. Are those involved in the project willing to share your experiences in any of the following ways? (Check all that apply.)

* 14. If your project receives a grant, will you be ready to begin implementation on October 1st?

* 15. Have you been in touch with your congregation's Canon Missioner prior to submitting this application?

* 16. Have you emailed your project budget, including all income and all expenses for the entire project (pdf or excel only) to Canon Terry Reimer treimer@episcopalmaine.org ?

* 17. I will email supporting documents (optional - pdf or doc only) to Canon Terry Reimer treimer@episcopalmaine.org. (This might be a brochure, information sheet, or other documents.)

* 18. Mission Criterion #1 Give one or more example(s) of how your project will be Christ-centered and Gospel-oriented.

* 19. Mission Criterion #2 List any collaborative partners you will engage in your project, (other churches, communities, and affinity groups). Give examples of how you will collaborate and/or how you will share personnel or other resources.

* 20. Mission Criterion #3 Give one or more example(s) of how your project will be led by those with experience and passion for their particular ministry.

* 21. Mission Criterion #4 How will you evaluate your program? What is your plan to achieve sustainability? *

* 22. Mission Criterion #5 Tell how the project leaders will share their successes (best practices) and challenges with other groups in the diocese. *

* 23. Mission Criterion #6 Tell how your project will demonstrate a willingness to involve and benefit a wide range and number of people within the diocese and beyond.

* 24. Mission Criterion #7 Give examples of how your project will demonstrate values of transparency, equity, fairness and collaboration. *

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