Outreach Grants

Christ Church Grosse Pointe Episcopal offers grants on an annual cycle. The Outreach Funding Ministry seeks to respond to God’s call to serve those in need by providing financial support to agencies doing great work in our community. In the 2018 grant cycle, we awarded 8 organizations with an estimated total of about $50,000. We awarded 4 organizations with smaller grants, ranging from $2,500 - $5,000, and 4 organizations with larger grants ranging from $6,000 - $15,000. 

The Outreach Funding Ministry Team
The Outreach Funding Ministry Team is responsible for reviewing applications and discerning the recipients of those funds. The team is currently chaired by Lynnette Iannace, and supported by the Rev’d Areeta Bridgemohan. Our outreach funding team members are: Kelly Benedetti-Walsh, Colleen Fitzgerald, Ted Hagan, Heather Hakim, Kim McNulty and Erik Traynham. This team is a great entry point for anyone looking to find a way to plug in at Christ Church. Contact Joseph Daniel (rectorsadmin@christchurchgp.org) if you’re interested in volunteering with this team.

The 2018 Grant Cycle
The Outreach Funding 2018 cycle is currently closed. Please check back in August 2018 for the 2019 grant cycle.

An Overview of our Process 

In an effort to streamline our process and reduce the administrative burden on applicants, the Outreach Funding Ministry invited applicants in the May 2018 cycle to provide a Letter of Intent by Tuesday, December 19th at 5 pm.

These Letters of Intent (LOIs) will allow applicants to give Christ Church Grosse Pointe a snapshot of their proposed project/program

The LOIs establish a connection between your organization’s program goals and the Outreach Ministry’s funding priorities. LOIs should be detailed, clear and concise, while conveying the impact the proposed project will make on the issue or population it addresses.

Christ Church Grosse Pointe seeks to support programs that will contribute to a thriving community of Metropolitan Detroit. We also desire to support organizations that seek to be in relationship with our church.

The primary groups or types of work that Christ Church Grosse Pointe seeks to support are:

  1. Families and children;
  2. Education and educational opportunities;
  3. Programs that focus on relief and/or empowerment of the marginalized and the oppressed.

There are two main grant opportunities: micro-grants and larger grants. There are between 5-7 micro-grants available ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. There are also larger grants available that are recipients of our fundraising appeals that take place at Easter and Christmas. The outreach grants ministry evaluates those applicants with a preference for organizations that CCGP can partner with through service and through thematic connection with each of those holidays as it relates to our faith. Please identify which of these opportunities you would like to be considered for.

Letters of Intent should be three pages or less and include the following information:

  • A brief overview of the organization’s purpose, objectives and services;
  • The geographic area and population served by the project/organization;
  • The desired grant amount (micro-grant and/or appeal);
  • A description of the project and its impact;
  • How your organization or charity addresses the needs of one or more of the focused objectives of CCGP; and
  • The potential opportunities for partnership and further relationship through service with Christ Church Grosse Pointe.

Letter of Intent Download Link: Fileccgp_loi_2018.docx

Larger Grants
Since the larger grants are results of fundraisers, we cannot predict in advance what the precise sum granted will be. The larger grants consist of: an Easter Appeal, a Christmas Appeal and the Gifts and Greens fundraiser (which occurs in early December). (Please note: funds from the Gifts and Greens and Christmas Appeal although awarded in 2018 will be received in early 2019.)

2018 Grants Timeline

Activity Timeframe
Letter of Intent launch Week of Dec. 3, 2017
LOI due back Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
LOI applicants are notified about their LOI Week of Jan. 7, 2018
Successful LOI applicants are sent application Week of Jan. 7, 2018
Application due back Jan 29, 2018
Applicants notified Week of Feb. 18, 2018

If you have any questions about applying for a grant or our Outreach Funding Ministry, please contact the Reverend Areeta Bridgemohan at 313-885-4841, ext. 121. 

2018 Grant Awards

This year, the outreach funding ministry received a total of 13 requests for funding. We awarded grants to 8 groups:

Agency Project Description Amount
Front Porch

Funds will support an academic advocacy program that provides students with an advocate who provides each child with support for their academic work and bridges between parents who are reluctant to be involved with school and teachers. Youth receive tutoring, school supplies and participate in other activities.


Hearts for Homes

Hearts for Homes aims to reduce overall homelessness using the Housing First model and create much needed permanent affordable housing for low-income households in Macomb County. H4H connects working families with private landlords that will rent homes to participating households and provides rental subsidies so families only pay 30% of their income in rent. H4H is also leading a broad-based initiative to conduct a comprehensive assessment and prepare a Homeless and Affordable Housing Implementation Plan for Macomb County. The last major activity that H4H is engaged in is the exploration and development of new affordable housing projects.

Ruth Ellis Center

The Ruth Ellis Center operates 4 core services: 1 ) Foster care residential program (Ruth’s House); 2) a drop-in center; 3) a health and wellness center; and 4) a family group decision-making service. Federal funding was not renewed in 2017 for the drop-in center, which serves as an entry point for the other services provided. Funding will be directed to the drop-in center which serves at least 500 youth with a range of services designed to provide prevention and intervention services to runaway, homeless and street youth who are at risk of sexual abuse, sex work, sexual exploitation and forms of human trafficking.


Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI)

The Earn-A-Bike program teaches bicycle maintenance and bicycle safety to 25 Springwells neighborhood youth ages 10-18, while mitigating out-of-school learning loss and teaching social emotional skills.  Participants earn the bicycle they are repairing by investing 20 hours of sweat equity. Two group bike rides are incorporated into the program to teach safe ridership, including helmet safety, obeying traffic regulations, following traffic flow, and importance of bike locks. Each youth receives a properly fitted bicycle helmet and bike lock after completing the program. 


Larger grants (appeals and special fundraisers). ​We also awarded larger grants to 4 groups in the 2018 grant cycle.

​Agency (event)  ​Project description
Mariner's Inn (Easter Appeal)

Funds will support the Strengthening Families Program (SFP). This is a program for high-risk families combining evidence-based: 1) parenting-skill training, 2) child life-skill building, and 3) family life skills education into a program that improves the child’s social/life skills, family functioning and protects the children from the long-term risks of drug abuse. This program serves youth 6-18 years of age who are children of clients at Mariner’s Inn. This program will serve 18-20 families (about 50-60 participants) in 14 sessions (once a month).

Alternatives for Girls (Gifts and Greens)

The Youth Peer Education Program employs a team of high-risk young women as Peer Educators to conduct street or community outreach. Peer educators are aged 16-24 are responsible for planning, facilitating and reviewing the effectiveness of outreach programming. The peer educators will meet young women on the streets and address their immediate needs, and whilst doing this work will improve their employability potential and job readiness skills.

Church of the Messiah (Gifts and Greens)

Aim High Youth Initiative takes place during the summer focusing on spirituality, sportsmanship, self-esteem and team-building skills. It is an 8 week program running from June-August. Each year approx. 30 youths aged 14-17 participate.

Crossroads (Christmas Appeal)

The mission of Crossroads is to care for any person in need by providing counseling, advocacy and material assistance to those in need. Funds will support the emergency assistance programs and services including: counseling to overcome immediate crises; assistance in developing a stability plan; offering food, clothing, ID assistance, prescription assistance, medical supplies, hygiene products, transportation, legal aid, health insurance sign-up, HIV testing, addiction treatment referrals, SNAP sign-up and general aid.

Thank you for helping us extend Christ’s love and to live into our baptismal call to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbours as ourselves.

Past Recipients

2016 Outreach Funding Grants:

  • Buckets of Rain
  • Crossroads
  • Front Porch
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hope Community Outreach and Development
  • Mariner's Inn
  • The Lakehouse
  • Ruth Ellis
  • Wellspring

2017 Outreach Funding Grants:

  • Alternatives for Girls
  • Buckets of Rain (Easter Appeal)
  • Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)
  • Church of the Messiah
  • Front Porch
  • Hope Community Outreach and Development
  • Mariner’s Inn
  • Ruth Ellis Center (Gifts and Greens)
  • Urban Neighbourhood Initiative (UNI)
  • Wellspring (Gifts and Greens)
  • Hearts for Homes (Christmas Appeal)