Investing in Congregations grants are distributed annually to churches that demonstrate a potential, capacity, and commitment to reach new people, grow in love of God and neighbor, and heal a broken world. Funding can be used for new ministries, programs, and staff positions. Grants are funded through the Office of Congregational Development—and awarded for new ministries, programs, or staff positions. They ranged from $500 to more than $33,000 in 2016. A committee that includes both clergy and laity reviews applications each year and decides how to divide up the $200,000 in grant money that’s available through the conference’s apportioned budget.
Were you inspired by the Acts 2 Talks and/or the ideas presented in the Missional Toolkit for Churches at Annual Conference? Which idea(s) could you try in your context? You're invited to apply for a special Investing in Congregations Acts 2 Micro Grant to bring your idea to life! Consider applying for a $1,000 micro grant (there are 10 available) to be used as seed money for a new effort to live as an Acts 2 congregation. Applications are due Aug. 15, and funds will be distributed Sept. 1. Submit grant application online / Download grant application (will need to be emailed back)
Applications for regular Investing in Congregations grants will be available by Sept. 1, 2017. Watch for more information at that time.
The three types of grants available through the regular granting process are:
• Major grants: Total $2,500 or more
• Micro grants: Total $2,500 or less
• Grant renewal: Projects can receive funding for up to three years. Grant money is reduced each subsequent year for projects that receive funding more than once, and the goal is for each one to become self-sustaining by the end of the three years.
Here’s a look at some of the 2017 grant recipients, along with how their grant funding is being used:
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church