The Synod uses grants and scholarships to help support ministries of education, social justice, and transformation to occur throughout our eleven presbyteries. For more information about any of these programs, please contact grants@synodofthecovenant.org.


Higher Education Scholarships

Scholarship grants are available to students for full and part-time study toward the first baccalaureate degree or certification at colleges, universities, and vocational schools. Grants are also available for full-time and part-time students enrolled in their first master degree programs for church vocations at approved and accredited theological institutions. All Presbyterian applicants, including seminarians, from within the bounds of the synod, are eligible to apply. Scholarships range from $500 to $1500 per academic year and applications will be reviewed beginning August 31, 2020.


COVID Emergency Need Grants for Higher Education Students

The Synod of the Covenant wants to help students with emergency expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as emergency transportation home, broken lease, additional expenses at school or at home, etc. Recipients of these grants must qualify for Higher Education Scholarships, though they do not have to be awarded a scholarship in the current academic year in order to receive an emergency need grant. These grants can be as much as $500 and applications must be completed by 12/4/20.


Racial-Ethnic Program Grants

Racial Ethnic Grants are available to congregations that are predominantly minority Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) congregations within the Synod of the Covenant to supplement their mission projects.  Congregations, institutions and organizations associated with PC(USA) congregations within the bounds of the Synod of the Covenant may apply using the application form found in this document.  The purpose of the grant must specifically by Christian in focus.  Preference will be given to applications from congregations which have not previously been awarded grants. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2020.


New Covenant Grants

New Covenant Grants directly address at least one of the three mission priorities of the Synod of the Covenant:

  • Congregational Development and Transformation
  • Multicultural and Justice Ministries
  • Ministries in Higher Education

These grants are available to congregations, institutions, and organizations associated with PC(USA) congregations within the bounds of the Synod. The purpose of the grant must specifically be Christian in focus. Preference will be given to applications from congregations which have not previously been awarded grants. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2020.