Diocese of Fond du Lac Stevens Matching Grant Program
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Stevens Matching Grant Program

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The Stevens Fund
A Matching Grant Program Available to congregations of the Diocese of Fond du Lac

The Stevens Fund was established by the Executive Council of the Diocese of Fond du Lac in 2001 from Memorial Gifts of over $50,000 received by the Diocese on the death of Bishop William L. Stevens, Sixth Bishop of the Diocese. Recognizing Bishop Stevens' support of the work of mission congregations of the diocese and the cooperative nature of ministry between the diocese and its congregations, the Executive Council determined to use the gift to establish an endowment in the Diocesan Common Trust Fund to create revenue for a matching grant program
for congregations.

Distributions from the endowment are held by the diocese and are available as matching grants twice each year. Any congregation of the diocese, with preference given to aided congregations first, mission congregations second and parish congregations third, may make application for a matching grant to implement a project or program that they may not normally be able to purse.

Click to download application form. Applications for the matching grant received by January 1st will be determined by March 1st and matching grant applications received by July 1st will be determined by September 1st.

The Diocesan Bishop will make the determination on funding decisions with the assistance of the Rural Deans. Consideration for matching grants of up to $2,500 should be based on the following prioritized criteria:

  1. Programs that will enhance the evangelistic efforts of a congregation.
  2. Programs that will deepen the spirituality of the members.
  3. Programs that will strengthen educational opportunities in a congregation.
  4. Projects that will improve the accessibility of a congregation's facility.
  5. Projects that will improve the appearance/condition of a congregation's facility.

Upon completion of the program or project, the congregation should send a brief article (with pictures, if possible) for publication in the diocesan paper.

Past Stevens Fund Grants Made

Year Recipient Purpose Amount
2011 St. John's, Shawano Publicity and Promotion $1,800.00
2010 Holy Apostles, Oneida Ecumenical Vacation Bible School $1,000.00
2009 St. Mark's, Waupaca Launch Vacation Bible School $1,494.00
2009 Holy Nativity, Jacksonport Replacement of Church Furnace $1,073.00
2007 New Life / St. James, Mosinee Local Ad Campaign $1,607.45
2005 Holy Trinity, Waupun Establish Godly Play Program $2,500.00
2003 St. James, Mosinee Local Door Hangers $760.00
2003 St. Alban's, Marshfield Building Improvements for Hospitality $2,500.00
2003 St. Aelred Cluster, Antigo, Merrill, Tomahawk Expand work of Music Director $2,400.00
2002 Holy Nativity, Jacksonport Update Electrical System $2,500.00
2001 St. James, Mosinee Electric Organ $2,500.00
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