Since the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) adopted “Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call” in 2010, the epidemic of gun violence has not only persisted but has also worsened. In response, the 225th General Assembly in 2022 reaffirmed the Church’s commitment to actively lead in the national movement to end gun violence. To support this mission, the Assembly approved a limited fund to provide seed money for PC(USA) congregations, mid-councils, worshiping communities, and institutions to conduct events aimed at combating gun violence. Grants of $1,000 to $2,000 per event are available.

Grant applications will be evaluated based on specific criteria. Projects should align with the General Assembly’s goals related to gun violence, be community-based, achievable with clear goals, and involve collective efforts. Additionally, they must demonstrate engagement with the issue beyond existing capacities and be based within a PC(USA) congregation, worshiping community, mid-council, or institution. Projects should directly impact, empower, and energize Presbyterians in their efforts to end gun violence. Examples of eligible events include training violence interrupters, creating safe community spaces, hosting speaker forums, collaborating with other faith-based and community organizations, and participating in legislative reforms for common-sense gun laws.

Grant recipients are required to provide comprehensive documentation of their events, including a report and evaluation, photos and videos, and an accounting of the use of funds. This ensures transparency and allows for the assessment of the effectiveness of the funded projects.

Applications must include a letter of endorsement from a leader of the sponsoring entity (pastor, stated clerk, or presbyter) and should be sent to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and funds will be disbursed until fully expended.