Grant applications are being accepted from congregations, institutions and organizations to support ministries that build congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism and/or eradicate systemic poverty within the geographic bounds of the Synod of the Covenant.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to ministry programs that support the foci of the Matthew 25 initiative. Preference will be given to applications from groups that have not applied previously but a grant to a previous recipient enabling the completion of a project may be considered.

Completed applications must be submitted online by September 30, 2022 with a single attachment that contains specific information, including an endorsement or reference letter from the pastor, clerk of session or executive director. Click here to find the application and instructions, including an informational video. Each application also must include a letter of endorsement or reference (not just an attestation) that the presbytery leader sends to the Synod under a separate cover by October 7, 2022.

Grants may be used for either capital expenditures or program materials and costs but not staffing. A status update is due to the grant committee six months after the grant is awarded and a formal project evaluation is due one month following project completion.

Projects must directly address at least one of the three Matthew 25 mission priorities, which include dismantling structural racism, eradicating systemic poverty, and building congregational vitality.

Questions about the grant program should be directed to the Synod of the Covenant Grants and Scholarship Network at grants@synodofthecovenant.org or (419) 754-4050.