Straut Legacy Fund
Living Our Faith Out Loud

About the Straut Legacy Fund 

Grace Episcopal Church and our members are the hands and feet of Christ, living our faith out loud. We are committed, individually and collectively, to serving as change agents that allow others to experience God’s love through action. The Straut Legacy Fund is an important part of this commitment. Grace member Elizabeth Ann Straut established a trust in 1898 and included the parish as one of the beneficiaries. Mrs. Straut’s generous and visionary gift enables Grace to offer the Straut Legacy Fund grants in her honor. These grants extend the congregation’s commitment to social justice and positive change in our neighborhood and around the world. Because only the fund’s earnings are used, Elizabeth Straut’s gift will continue to extend Grace’s mission for generations to come.

Straut Legacy Fund Grant Application

Grace Episcopal Church is excited to announce the inaugural year of the Straut Legacy Fund grant program. Registered nonprofit organizations qualified under IRS §501(c)(3) are eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000 with the endorsement and signature of a member of Grace Episcopal Church. Organizations serving Chicago’s South Loop and surrounding neighborhoods will be given funding priority.

The application deadline for 2022 annual grants is June 15, 2022. You can download the application form:  Straut Legacy Fund Grant Application

Any questions not answered by reading the application may be directed to the Rev. Andrea Billhardt, Straut Legacy Fund Committee Chair.

Completed applications will be reviewed and award decisions will be made by June 30, 2022.