The United Thank Offering (UTO) of the Episcopal Church has awarded 48 grants for a total of $1,517,280.91 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The 2013 grants were awarded to projects in 38 Episcopal dioceses, six international provinces, and mission offices of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.
The United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally.
A total of 86 grant applications were received for 2013, and the awards ranged from $2,000 to the Diocese of Mississippi to $162,817 to the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.
The awarding of the 2013 grants focused on two of the Five Marks of Mission: to respond to human need by loving service; and to seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.
Barbi Tinder, United Thank Offering board president, commented that this year’s grants “represented many needs in our world.” Tindler explained, “The top 15 rated grants addressed the teaching of gardening and creative food preparation; providing for continuing clean water; providing wood for warmth during cold months; providing for many forms of special needs for children; and creating buildings that built community.”
The United Thank Offering award funds are derived from the ingatherings, funds and contributions received from the well-known and easily recognizable UTO Blue Boxes.
This year the UTO Grants Committee went green, conducting all its work electronically. “As a result of the Grants Committee’s initial effort in creating the new granting process, and the participation of the entire Board in implementing the needed steps, the United Thank Offering board can now state that the footprint of the board in terms of environmental impact has been dramatically reduced,” Tinder stated. “Last year the board estimated approximately 10,000 sheets of paper were used in the granting process; this year the only paper to be used will be 86 official letters to grant applicants with 86 envelopes, and 48 printed award certificates to be presented to grant recipients whose applications were funded! A total of 134 pieces of paper and 86 envelopes! An enormous reduction of use of trees!”
A complete list of grant recipients for 2013 is available at http://www.utochange.org/page5/page22/index.html.
For additional information, contact Heather Melton, United Thank Offering coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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