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Grant Applications

In partnership with congregations and mid councils, Mission Program Grants provide short-term, start-up funds for the establishment of New Worshiping Communities and support to presbyteries in their work of continually transforming existing congregations .  If you have questions about who can receive grants or need information on filling out an application, please visit our Grant Writing Materials page.

Mission Program Grants Proposal Submission and Review Dates

2016 Cut-off Date for Receipt of Proposals


2016 Review Date (Received on Time)


2016 Review Date (Received Late)

February 10


March 16-17*


April 13

March 9


April 13


May 11

April 13


May 11


August 8

July 13


August 8*


October 12

September 14


October 12


November 9

October 12


November 9


March 6, 2017

* Face-to-Face Mission Development Resources Committee Meeting

The Sam & Helen R. Walton Award Nominations need to be filed for each nominee and received in the Office of Mission Program Grants by January 31st of each year.  The 2016 Mission Development Resources Committee Review Date will be March 16 – 17.* 


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New Worshiping Communities Definition

  • New

            - Seeking to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ
            - Taking on varied forms of church for our changing culture

  • Worshiping

            - Gathered by the Spirit to meet Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament
            - Sent by the Spirit to join God’s mission for the transformation of the world

  • Community

            - Practicing mutual care and accountability
            - Developing sustainability in leadership and finances

Download    (For the Full Version of the New Worshiping Community Definition)

New Worshiping Communities Seed Grant Application

New worshiping communities may apply for a one-time Seed Grant of up to $7,500.  Matching funds are not required.  

This grant is designed to encourage the birth of new worshiping communities through congregations and presbyteries rather than to fund the expansion or support of existing congregations or programs. 


It is a requirement of the investment grant and growth grant for the Stated Clerk of your presbytery to have completed the Office of the General Assembly Church Change Form (CCF) on behalf of the project to be supported.  for assistance, please contact kris valerius at (800) 728-7228, Ext. 5427.

New Worshiping Communities Investment Grant Application

At least one year after receipt of a Seed Grant, a one-time Investment Grant of up to $25,000 is possible and will provide for the next eighteen months.  Approval of Investment Grants is conditioned upon real progress toward completing the tasks set forth in Starting New Worshiping Communities.  Investment Grants ordinarily require a dollar-for-dollar match provided by the combined contributions of the partner congregation, presbytery and/or synod.  In-kind contributions for the match are acceptable.  Waivers of the match will be considered on a case-by-case basis, upon request.


New Worshiping Communities Growth Grant Application

At least eighteen months after receipt of an Investment Grant, a one-time Growth Grant of up to $25,000 is possible and will provide for the next eighteen months.  Approval of a Growth Grant is conditioned upon significant progress being made toward meeting the goals and objectives as outlined in the Investment Grant proposal.  A dollar-for-dollar match provided through presbytery and/or synod is ordinarily required.  In-kind contributions are acceptable and waivers of the match will be considered on a case-by-case basis, upon request.

The Growth Grant supports and encourages new worshiping communities whose process of faithful discernment has led them to establish a new ministry, responsive to the needs of a new group of people, with the ultimate goal of growing a viable and sustainable new congregation.


New Worshiping Communities Health Insurance Grant Application

This grant program provides supplemental funding to the partner congregation and/or presbytery in support of new worshiping community leaders who would not otherwise be able to afford health insurance.  These grants are limited to new congregations and new worshiping communities that are related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), are located within the United States and Puerto Rico and were established no earlier than July 2010. 


Presbytery Grant for Congregational Transformation

This grant is intended to provide funding to presbyteries in support of their efforts to develop a process for helping congregations to begin and continue a transformational way of life.  Transformation is the process of intentionally moving into a new reality and way of being that helps congregations envision what God is calling them to be for their community and for the Kingdom of God.  All churches are in some state of being transformed and presbyteries must have resources available to assist them.