Mission Guidelines

Grant and Project Application Process
The Mission Team will review grants applications when they meet as a team every two months. The Missions Team can always meet on an emergency or urgency basis to consider funding very urgent proposals.

Who Can Apply
Individuals who have the faith, dedication, talent, and calling for missionary service in one of
the areas listed in MISSION ACTIVITIES DEFINITIONS, APPENDIX 1 below. Applicants will be
considered according to the following list:

  1. Those who are active members of FEC.
  2. Those serving in FEC activities.
  3. Those FEC members who have a history of volunteering in the organizations for which
    they are seeking funds.
  4. Those who have a past record of showing impact with FEC support.
  5. Those who demonstrate stewardship, accountability, and fiscal responsibility is their
    missionary work
  6. 6. Last—an organization that does not have a direct connection to FEC.
    Expectations of Missions and Missionaries—Reporting Responsibilities
    The Missions Team expects feedback. We want to hear about the impact of your involvement
    in mission work. Within two to six months we would like a report whether written or
    interpersonal. The Mission Team may invite some recipients to present to the congregation.
    ALSO, funds not expended and accounted for within a year of issuance are required to be
    refunded to FEC.
    Specific Exclusions
  7. The FEC mission approach does not include paying rent for a month, two months, or
    however long for any individual.
  8. The FEC mission approach does not include paying 1 or 2 or any number of months for
    the operational costs of any outside organization. Paying for an outside organization to
    do their work is beyond the scope and intent of Faith mission work.
  9. While Faith’s Mission team supports what it spots as necessary expenditures to
    accomplish mission (such as building a rook, building a vocational education program or
    building, helping pay or a freezer for a food closet, helping with tuition, or supporting
    small business in developing nations), it carefully distinguishes such support from giving

funds that become subsumed in the coffers of outside organizations and sort of
“disappear” into the general fund of that organization. The latter activities are
specifically excluded from Mission Team grants.

  1. The Missions Team intends for the final product or goal of funding to end up in the
    hands of NON-Profit 501C3 organizations. This decision is to be made on a case by case
    basis. For instance, when water filters were sent home with Padre Francisco to
    Honduras, those filters were purchased at R.E.I. AND R.E.I. is definitely a for profit
    organization, not a 501C3. However, the water filters went to an Episcopal priest. He
    represents a 501C3—the Episcopal Church here and abroad. So the funding ended up
    where it should, in the hands of a non-profit.
  2. The Missions Team intends that wherever possible these funds should be used
    missionally. In other words, wherever possible these funds should be used to develop
    relationships between our congregants and the people they are trying to help. This
    intention tends to exclude funding “things.” For example, we would probably turn down
    funding an inscription on a plaque in a church. However we consider each funding
    request on an individual basis. The Missions Team did approve funds for a roof on a
    church in Uganda. Also, the team supported rebuilding a church in Haiti.
  3. APPENDIX 1: Mission Activity Definitions
  4. Local: Those whose primary work is with people who live within the general service
    area of FEC—Eldorado and contingent counties.
  5. United States: Those whose primary work is with people who live within the United
    States but outside our local region in California.
  6. International: Those whose primary work is outside the United States.
  7. One time: Participation in an activity that occurs once or an emergency need.
  8. Short term: A missionary project that is generally less than 6months and outside the
    local area.
  9. Long term: A missionary project involving a more than 6 month commitment. Support
    is generally approved for the initial time of service: however, it is reevaluated each bi-
    annually or annually depending on initial funding agreement.
  10. Vocational Missionary: A supported missionary whose mission work is expected to last
    for more a year
  11. FEC focused: A cause, activity, or organization that FEC is committed to support in a
    multi-level way such as monetary, volunteers, in-kind, etc.
  12. Member involved: A cause, activity, or organization that a member of the congregation
    actively supports.
  13. In-kind: The donation of items such as quilts, Christmas shoe boxes, cell phones, socks,
    etc.