Applications now being accepted for 2014 Church Planting Grants

Applications for 2014 Church Planting Grants are now being accepted by the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Evangelization.

Applications and a comprehensive list of requirements and expectations may be downloaded in PDF format.

“Grants of up to $24,000.00 are awarded to first year recipients,” said Priest John Parker, Department Chair.  “The grant may only be used to help provide a salary for a full-time resident priest and must be matched by the qualifying mission, deanery, or diocese. Grants may be renewed for a maximum of three years.”

Over 30 OCA missions have received Church Planting Grants since the program was initiated over 15 years ago. Most of these missions have successfully transitioned to full parish status.

Missions that received grants in 2013 must reapply for the coming year.

Applications must be filled out completely and submitted to the department by September 13, 2013.

The grant application must be reviewed and approved by the diocesan Bishop prior to submission. After a review by members of the Department, recommendations for qualified missions will be submitted to the Holy Synod of Bishops for final approval. Grants begin in January.

For additional information, please contact Father John Parker at 843-881-5010 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Applications may be mailed, but PDF by e-mail is the preferred method.

To donate to the OCA Mission Appeal, which funds the grants, please visit