Seed Fund

Help Grow the Faith

The purpose of the Mustard Seed Fund is to test and scale promising new ministries and programs that inspire and motivate a new generation of Orthodox Christians to participate in the Church. Micro-grants will be awarded to Metropolis of Chicago clergy and stewards seeking to develop and implement new or existing parish-level initiatives that advance evangelism, welcoming, and outreach.

Please consider making a gift to help us grow the faith together.

100% of the monies donated will fund the micro-grants awarded to parishes.  

To make a gift to the Mustard Seed Fund, go to
and write “Mustard Seed Fund” in the notes section.

You can also donate by sending a check to the Metropolis

at 555 E. Butterfield Rd., Suite 201, Lombard, IL. 60148.


Metropolis of Chicago Announces a New Parish Advancement Initiative

Metropolis of Chicago Mustard Seed Fund Awards Grants

Application details will be made available this summer for clergy and stewards seeking micro-grants.


The following parishes were awarded Mustard Seed Fund grants for 2022:

  • Annunciation, Milwaukee, WI: Outreach program for impoverished areas of Greater Milwaukee
  • Annunciation, Kankakee, IL: Church-based community theater troupe
  • Athanasios, Aurora, IL: Expansion of men’s group ministry – Read an Update on their progress! 
  • Basil, Chicago, IL: Expansion of prison ministry
  • Constantine and Helen, Swansea, IL: “Spring Back to Church” outreach program
  • George, Chicago, IL: Bicycle repair class to help impoverished residents of the Chicagoland area with their transportation needs
  • George, St. Paul MN: Inter-Orthodox shared catechism program
  • George, Schererville, IN: Byzantine music youth group for girls and boys – Read an Update on their progress! 
  • Luke the Evangelist, Columbia, MO: Billboard to raise awareness of Orthodox Church – Read an Update on their progress!