Investing in Congregations grants are for churches that demonstrate a potential, capacity, and commitment to reach new people, grow in love of God and neighbor, and heal a broken world. Grants are funded through Congregational Development —and awarded for new ministries, programs, or staff positions. A committee that includes both clergy and laity reviews applications each year and decides how to divide up the $125,000 in grant money that’s available through the conference’s apportioned budget. In addition to primary funding awarded to applications made each fall, "micro grants" have been distributed for the past several years. 

Applications for 2022 grants being accepted through October 15, 2021.

To apply, download the Grant Guidelines and appropriate application.

2021 Investing in Congregations Grants Awarded

The following grants were awarded for 2021:

Cornerstone, Lake Crystal Online Minister $  2,500
Faith, Farmington Faith for Kids and Youth $15,000
Federated, Morris NexGen Ministries $  6,000
First, St. Cloud Region Media Worship Leader $20,000
First, Stillwater Missional Presence $  5,000
Freshwaters, Princeton Children's Ministry $10,000
Glendale, Savage Beloved Community Training and Coaching $10,000
Grace, St Cloud Food Pantry $  2,500
Iglesia Piedra Viva, Mpls Discipleship in Pandemic

$  2,500

Park Ave., Mpls Transformational Creation Care $  2,500
Path of Grace, Maplewood Online worship $10,000
Preston, Wykoff Radio Ministry $  1,000
Prospect Park, Mpls. Community Outreach $  8,000
Roots and Branches, Andover Community Garden $  2,500
Vineyard, Hutchinson Video Media Specialist $15,000
Wesley, Winona Justice Ministry $20,000



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