St. John/St. Paul Endowment Fund Grant Season is open

May 07, 2020

St. John/St. Paul Endowment Fund

2020 Funding Cycle

The St. John/St. Paul (SJSP) Evangelical Lutheran Church Endowment Fund will be accepting applications for its 2020 funding cycle beginning on May 1, 2020.  Grant requests are accepted May 1st - July 1st   of each calendar year. 

SJ/SP Endowment Fund grants may be applied towards projects of any faith-based organization affiliated with the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod that introduce people to God's grace and to God's healing and helping presence.

In order to be eligible for SJ/SP Endowment Fund money, grant requests should fulfill one or more of the following uses:

  • Provide seed money for new outreach activities, programs, and/or ministries.
  • Support existing outreach programs, which have not yet become self-supporting.
  • Support programs specifically designed to reach people who are not currently being served by the grant applicant.
  • Provide education and/or training for congregation members or staff consistent with the Endowment Fund's outreach mission.  

The SJ/SP Endowment Fund was established in 1992 in order to preserve and widen the ministry and outreach efforts of the former congregation of St. John/St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The Fund is a separate IRS recognized, charitable organization, and its legacy continues at Faith Lutheran Church in Fairlawn, Ohio.  Increased by proceeds from the sale of the St. John/St. Paul Church property, assets in the SJ/SP Endowment Fund now exceed a million dollars, with permitted distributions in the range of $40,000 annually. 

The SJ/SP Endowment Fund may be just the catalyst necessary to convert your idea into action.  Past recipients include: Lutheran Campus Ministries of Kent, Oasis’s Healing House and Middle School projects, Faith Lutheran Church’s Outreach Initiatives, Peace (Canton) Lutheran Church’s laundry ministry, United Protestant Campus Ministries, St. Luke’s Lutheran Home, Divinity (Parma) Lutheran Church’s various Christmas ministries and more.  Current members of the SJ/SP Endowment Fund (available for your questions) are:  Linda Reyes, Linda Lewis, Terry Vernon, David Six, Mark Watkins, Heather Popio, and Pastor Jean Hansen.

To apply or for more information, please contact any Committee member, the Faith Lutheran Church office, or email Mark Watkins at  Don’t delay—July 1st will be here before you know it. You can download the application here.