St Paul’s Episcopal Church in La Porte, Indiana
Repairing a 125-year-old iconic (and leaking) bell tower, replacing decayed privacy fencing to protect children in emergency housing provided by a congregation, improving security systems to enable multiple users of church property, and transforming a parish hall into a hybrid meeting space for the community – these are brief highlights of the projects receiving capital grant funding through the Church Buildings for Collaborative Partnerships (CBCP) project.
CBCP is a project of the Episcopal Dioceses of Indianapolis and Northern Indiana, Partners for Sacred Places and Indiana Landmarks, funded by a Thriving Congregations grant from Lilly Endowment. Congregations that complete the CBCP program are eligible to apply for a small matching grant to make an investment in their building that helps further or develop a ministry, program, or space-use partnership.
So far, two cohorts of congregations from both dioceses have completed their CBCP participation. Twelve parishes were in Cohort 1 and fourteen were in Cohort 2. Each Cohort has two grant application deadlines. In the first round of funding, five Cohort 1 faith communities received a total of $29,085 in grants (see chart below).
“It is exciting to see what is happening in Indiana Episcopal churches as a result of CBCP participation,” said Joshua Castaño, Director of Special Initiatives at Partners for Sacred Places. “They are developing new partnerships that further their mission and make their buildings into active tools for ministry that is based on partnerships within and beyond the walls of the church.”
While CBCP capital grants are for material needs, they represent holy endeavors to expand ministry by using church buildings and property in collaboration with others in the community, as the grant applications explained.
The CBCP grant program is a highly competitive grant environment. Grant amounts awarded are impacted by the volume of requests in each Cohort, the quality of the applications (all have been excellent so far) and the need to be mindful of allocating the $255,000 total grant budget so that there is funding available for all four CBCP cohorts through 2023.
For more information about the Church Buildings for Collaborative Partnerships (CBCP) project, visit its website. Or contact CBCP Project Director Linda Buskirk at Linda@buskirksolutions.com.