2023 Annual Impact Report


Since 2022, the Mustard Seed Fund has been supporting parishes to test and scale promising endeavors that inspire and motivate a new generation of Orthodox Christians to participate in the Church. 

Microgrants are awarded to develop and implement new or existing parish-level initiatives that advance evangelism, welcoming and outreach. The Metropolis of Chicago is pleased to have supported many of the creative proposals that it has received. In 2022-2023, $37,500 was awarded to 9 parishes to fund initiatives. 

Based on the strong, sustained interest throughout the Metropolis of Chicago, we are thrilled to announce that 10 percent of all funds raised through the Annual Vision Campaign will be devoted to supporting the Mustard Seed Fund and Project HOPE, our food security and housing assistance ministry. 

While the Metropolis of Chicago maintains a broad range of invaluable ministries, the Mustard Seed Fund and Project HOPE are two of our most dynamic ministries with the potential to have the greatest impact in our communities.

To learn more about the Mustard Seed fund, how to support the program, or to to submit a grant application, please visit chicago.goarch.org/mustard-seed.  

Applications for the current grant cycle are due by August 1, 2024.


2022-2023 Recipients


Annunciation, Milwaukee, WI – Outreach program for impoverished areas of Greater Milwaukee

Annunciation, Kankakee, IL – Church-based community theater troupe

St. Athanasios, Aurora, IL – Expansion of men’s group ministry 

St. Basil, Chicago, IL – Expansion of prison ministry

Sts. Constantine & Helen, Swansea, IL – “Spring Back to Church” outreach program

St. George, Chicago, IL – Bicycle repair class to help impoverished residents of the Chicagoland area with their transportation needs

St. George, St. Paul MN – Inter-Orthodox shared catechism program

St. George, Schererville, IN – Byzantine music youth group for girls and boys (featured in image, above)

St. Luke the Evangelist, Columbia, MO – Billboard to raise awareness of Orthodox Church

“Unity in Christ cultivates relationships with family, friends, and neighbors—bearing fruit for vibrant communities and a flourishing Church” – Metropolis of Chicago Vision for Growth 

Help us accomplish our Vision and support the growth of our parishes, ministries, and philanthropic organizations. 

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