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 2022 applications are closed. Applications for next year’s grant will be announced in early 2023. 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.

2022 Grant Recipients
Bishop Anderson House
Cathedral Counseling Center
Girls in the Game
La Rabida Children’s Hospital
Lawndale Christian Development Corp
My Block, My Hood, My City
Project Vision
Silk Road Rising