The Rocky Mountain Synod 3E - Educate, Equip, Enact Phase 3 Grants have reopened!
The purpose of the Phase 3 Lilly 3E Grants is to provide support and relief to rostered leaders in the Rocky Mountain Synod so that they can continue to grow and thrive in ministry. There are two different types of grants available, a Mini-Sabbatical Grant and a grant to engage in professional Coaching, Counseling, or Spiritual Direction. Applicants can apply for one or both grant opportunities.
The Mini-Sabbatical Grant is offered for a suggested period of 4-6 weeks with the purpose of providing rest and renewal for rostered leaders. The request for this grant must include information about how the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts have led to the need for sabbatical. In addition to a maximum of $2000 for sabbatical related expenses, the grant may also cover up to $2000 for pastoral coverage to support the congregation while the rostered leader is away - for a maximum total of $4000.
Mini Sabbatical Grants are paid as a reimbursement to the grantee and to the congregation and will be disbursed upon receipt of the completed final expense form with related receipts.
Criteria for receiving a 3E Mini-Sabbatical Grant includes the following:
- Applicants must be rostered ministers in the Rocky Mountain Synod, which includes individuals who are retired and on leave from call.
- Individuals who have previously received a mini-sabbatical grant are not eligible to receive an additional mini-sabbatical grant but may still apply for a grant to help cover the cost of counseling, coaching, and/or spiritual direction.
- The grant application was released to Black, Indigenous, and people of color on September 12, 2023, and will be released to all RMS rostered ministers on September 18, 2023, via Leadership Link.
- Grant applications will be reviewed by the 3E Mini-Sabbatical in the order they are received until all grant funds have been allocated.
Coaching, Counseling, or Spiritual Direction Grants:
These grants will cover expenses for coaching, counseling, or spiritual direction, with the goal of providing support and increasing the rostered minister's capacity to lead well. This grant will cover $100/session with a maximum of $1000 per calendar year. Referral resources are available for spiritual direction and coaching upon request; leaders are also welcome to choose their own provider given that they are either a licensed professional counselor; an ICF Certified Coach or ELCA Level 1 or 2 Coach; or a certified Spiritual Director. After submission, you will be contacted for a follow-up conversation with a member of the 3E team. Coaching, counseling, and spiritual direction grants will be paid directly to the provider.
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