Matthew 25 Grant applications are being accepted by the Synod of the Covenant from Presbyterian churches and institutions to support ministries that strengthen congregational vitality, eradicate structural racism and dismantle systemic poverty.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to ministry programs that support the three foci of the Matthew 25 Initiative.

Completed applications must be submitted online by September 30, 2023, with a single attachment that contains specific information, including an affirmation letter from the pastor, clerk of session or director of a PC(USA) institution. The application form and instructions are available online.

Each application also must include a letter of endorsement or reference (not just an attestation) that presbytery leadership sends via a separate email by October 7, 2023.

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.

Grants are awarded on the strength of the application with preference given to those churches, ministries and institutions primarily composed of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and/or whose proposals center directly on the same context (neighborhood) as the congregation, and those churches, ministries and institutions who have not previously applied. Continuing grants to complete a project also may be considered.

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 Matthew 25 Grant program should be directed to the Synod of the Covenant Grants and Scholarship Network at or (419) 754-4050.