Esperanza was established by the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia and vicinity in 1987 to demonstrate God’s call to service as expressed in Matthew 25:40. As Esperanza and the Latino community continues to grow, we have expanded the size and scope of our programs to address evolving needs and to improve the economic stability of the region. Esperanza’s portfolio includes housing and economic development, immigration services, job training through our Career Link Center, and a variety of educational opportunities including Esperanza Academy Charter School, Esperanza Cyber Charter School, Esperanza Youth Leadership Institute, AMLA, and Esperanza College of Eastern University. Additionally, Esperanza maintains a vast national network of over 14,000 Hispanic clergy and congregations and 500 nonprofit organizations.

Esperanza’s growth and success are in large part due to the ongoing commitment and support of the local Hispanic Clergy and church.  As a result, Esperanza wishes to utilize the Esperanza Hispanic Ministry Small Grant Fund to invest in the development and strengthening of the work of Christ as expressed in the Hispanic church and its leaders.

The Esperanza Hispanic Ministry Small Grant Fund supports Latino/Hispanic churches and church leadership located in Philadelphia County and funds projects that focus on the development of the church’s leadership (professional and lay), development of the church’s youth ministry (youth ministry team and the ministry thereof), collaborates with (an) additional church(es), and the church’s ministries of service to the Latino/Hispanic community.

Funded projects should include primarily Latino/Hispanic clergy and Hispanic-serving churches that have the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrate the ability to advance Esperanza’s mission of serving “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40)
  • Provide or promote educational or community development opportunities for individuals and communities
  • Seek to develop and enhance current leadership
  • Seeking to enhance/develop their youth ministries.
  • Churches with budgets of $500,000 or less
  • Churches serving Philadelphia County
  • Open to collaborating with other congregations

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.  Feel free to submit applications as they are completed.  Applicants will only be awarded a maximum of one time per fiscal year.

October 1, 2023 Grant Application Cycle Opens Online
December 8, 2023 Esperanza Review/Score Grant Applications
January 15, 2024 Grant Disbursements

Should you have further questions, please contact Anthony Ramos aramos@esperanza.us.

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