Ministry Outside the Parish (MOP)

St Paul’s is committed to being a community of faith, living out Jesus’ commandment to “love one another as ourselves” within the walls of St Paul’s and beyond.  Ministry Outside the Parish (MOP) has been a vibrant part of our faith community since 1979.

Each year, St Paul’s allocates ten percent of its operating budget to mission and ministries outside of our parish.  We believe tithing our financial resources gives credence to our attempts to live the Gospel’s message of caring for others, particularly those in difficulty.

MOP allocates those monies by soliciting requests and distributing available funds.  For 2016, MOP plans to award $43,313 in grants ranging from $400 to $2,000.  We tend to give to smaller organizations in amounts below $2,000, where our dollars will make a difference. MOP allocates its monies with an aim of addressing needs locally, nationally and internationally.

MOP holds Community Forums periodically, to which all parish members are invited and are very welcome.  Notices of forums are given both in Parish Newsletters and at announcement times during the services.  At the forums members of MOP committee present information on applications received.  Questions and comments about the information presented are welcome. Members of MOP will meet subsequently to make decisions on how to award money to the organizations/projects presented at the prior Community Forum.  Awards are then posted on the website and later in the annual report.

Simply use the outline in the MOP Grant Application form (MS Word versionto structure your response.  Email or mail the completed application as indicated at the bottom of the form. Applications will not be considered if they are incomplete. We strictly do not wire funds to grantees, so please provide an address where the check can be safely mailed. Grants cannot be awarded for personal expenses or projects or ventures


When should I apply for a MOP Grant and when will I find out if I have received funding?

Applications are accepted year round and are deliberated on the following schedule in 2017:

Round Applications Due Proposal Forum Notification
 1 February 27 March 19 April 19
 2 May 14 May 28 June 25
 3 September 30 October 15 November 15
4 November 14 November 26 December 23


Can I Get Assistance in Applying for a MOP Grant?

Yes!  Any MOP Committee Member would be happy to answer further questions and/or assist you in completing the application process. Contact any of the following members:

Chair: Matshai Motimele  Tim Hintz
Members: Clara Batchelor Martha Curtis
  Holly Bishop Steve Morrissey
  Eleanor Allen Fred Muehter
  Sam Kauffmann Jane deLima Thomas
  Paul Daigneault Lindsey Toomey
  Kate Kelley Cricket Lewis
  Georgia Smith


For more information, please see the main article on Ministry Outside the Parish.

How Can I Be Involved with MOP?

All parishioners are invited to attend MOP Proposal Forums and are encouraged to express their opinions on the proposals.  A MOP Committee Member will take notes at the Forums and the presenting MOP Members will contact applicants following the Forums with additional questions or concerns brought up at the Forum.

Who Can Vote on Proposals?

MOP Committee Members vote on proposals at a separate meeting held within two weeks of the Forum.  Any parishioner who has attended at least two of the past year’s Forums is welcome to join the Committee.  Membership opens in January of each year.

What are the duties of Committee Members?

  • Attending all Proposal Forums and Funding Meetings
  • Vetting and then presenting 1-2 applications at the Forum each cycle
  • Following up with applicants after the Forum
  • Assisting in arranging related parish-wide activities

What are the duties of the Committee Chair(s)?

  • Accepting applications
  • Coordinating application vetting by members
  • Setting Proposal Forum and Funding Meeting dates
  • Notifying Parish of upcoming Forums and MOP Presentations
  • Moderating Proposals and Funding Meetings
  • Notifying Applicants of Funding Decisions
  • Processing checks (in coordination with Parish Administrator)
  • Accepting Post-Funding reports
  • Keeping account of MOP funds
  • Notifying Parish of Awards each cycle
  • Submitting Annual Report to Parish
  • Arranging related parish-wide enrichment activities when appropriate

Can Parishioners Apply for a MOP Grant?

Yes!  Parishioners involved in organizations that fall under the Funding Guidelines are encouraged to seek funding for those organizations and/or their projects.  Applications by parishioners are vetted and presented by a MOP Committee Member in the same manner as other proposals.  Applying parishioners may answer questions during the Proposal Forum; however, those who are also MOP Committee Members are asked to recluse themselves during the Funding Meeting in which their application is being determined.

What organizations have been funded by MOP in the past?

MOP has funded numerous organizations over its 30 year history.  The following are just a sample:

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