Companions in Mission for Publishing and Communication
Companions in Mission for Publishing & Communication (CMPC), formerly known as Church Missions Publishing Company, is an organization within the Episcopal Church in Connecticut committed to supporting communication about mission activity, both domestic and foreign. It has a separate budget and is usually able to make a total of approximately $35,000 per year available for grants. Grant requests are usually in the range of $5,000 per year, or less. Funds are available through CMPC to support communication and publication strategies as a part of your mission effort. This could mean development of a web site, purchase of computers, purchase of mobile phones and phone time for remote areas, publication of school books and, of course, publication of hymnals and prayer books in a local language.
Policies for grantees
- “Publication” is now broadly interpreted to include non-print media such as web sites, blogs and other forms of electronic communication.
- Preference is given to submissions from within the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) that support the missional relationship between our parishes and parishes or activities either here at home or in other parts of the world.
- Whenever possible, funded activities for foreign work should take place within the partner country. This includes items such as printing, translation, book purchases, and computer purchases. CMPC is not a development agency but whenever possible our funds should be used to support the economies of the countries where our mission partners are located.
- CMPC does not fund travel expenses or projects that require annual or continual funding. Other sources of funds for mission-related travel exist within ECCT.
- Each proposal should include a time frame for completion; in addition, the funding should be used within one year of receiving the grant.
- A report on the project that the grant is funding is expected upon completion including a summary on now the funds were used.
Deadlines: Feb 1 and August 1
In order to provide support for mission activities that take place over the summer, the committee accepts applications submitted by February 1; decisions will be made by the end of February. Grants are usually in the range of $5,000 per year or less. Preference will be given to churches that are able to provide some additional financial support for the proposed project. Applications will also be accepted later in the year on our usual August 1st deadline, with decisions to be made in early September.
Contact Bill Schrull at CMPC@schrull.us with any questions.
A brief history of CMPC:
The Church Missions Publishing Company began publishing in 1891. CMPC became known throughout the Church for publishing pamphlets and textbooks for use in Christian Education and for Church Schools. In 1948 it changed from publishing individual works to producing the magazine, Pan Anglican, a magazine about mission in the Anglican Communion established and edited eventually by then bishop of Connecticut, the Rt. Rev. Walter Gray. Since then, the CMPC has acted as a granting agency, providing funds for organizations affiliated with Anglican churches throughout the world to print materials that assist them in mission.
Since 2010 CMPC has begun to refocus its efforts to support ECCT parishes in their mission partnerships and include digital as well as print media. From Article II of their revised bylaws (2015): "The object of this Corporation shall be to fund proposals which encourage the world- wide missionary activity of the Episcopal Church as part of the Anglican Communion. Proposals are encouraged that strengthen existing mission partnerships between parishes in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and churches and service organizations in the United States and abroad. The corporation seeks to support all forms of communication including social media used to inform and enlighten Anglicans throughout the world."
The board of CMPC includes lay and ordained men and women from ECCT. It is currently chaired by Bill Schrull, CMPC@schrull.us