Matthew 25 Grant Information

Complete Applications are due by: September 30, 2021

ELIGIBILITY
Matthew 25 Synod Grants are available to ministries within the Synod of the Covenant.  PC(USA) Congregations, institutions and organizations within the geographic bounds of the Synod of the Covenant may apply using the application form found in this document.  The purpose of the grant must specifically be Christian in focus and adhere to the objectives of the PC(USA) Matthew 25 Initiative.[1]  Special consideration will be given to churches, ministries, and institutions which are primarily composed of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and/or whose proposals are centered directly on the same context (neighborhood) as the congregation/ministry.

Projects must directly address at least one of the three Matthew 25 mission priorities of the Synod of the Covenant:

  • Building congregational vitality by challenging people and congregations to deepen their faith and get actively and joyfully engaged with their community and the world.
  • Dismantling structural racism by advocating and acting to break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.
  • Eradicating systemic poverty by working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.

Grants are awarded on the strength of the application and preference will be given to applications from congregations, institutions and organizations who have not received grants previously.  Continuing grants for completion of a project may also be considered.  Individuals or non-PC(USA) 501c3 organizations are not eligible.  The grant awarded may be up to $5000.00 annually.  Grants must be applied for every year.  Evidence of institutional or congregational financial support for the project is strongly recommended.

Grants may be used for either capital expenditures or program materials and costs, but not staffing.  A status update is due to the committee at 6 months post award of the grant, and a formal evaluation of the project is due within one month following completion of the project.

INSTRUCTIONS

    • Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2021.
    • Applications and all requested materials, as well as an endorsement letter from pastor or moderator/clerk of session or Executive Director/Board Chair of paraministry, must be submitted together to receive consideration by the grant review committee.
    • Application must include a letter of endorsement/reference (not simply attestation) from the Presbytery leader (Executive or General Presbyter or Stated Clerk) and sent under separate cover by the writer from the application packet.
    • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered nor will they be carried forward to future years automatically. Applicants will need to reapply for the next cycle to be eligible for funding.

Please complete application below.   If that is not possible, please email completed applications to grants@synodofthecovenant.org.

Please contact the Synod Grants and Scholarships Committee with any questions or concerns:

If you have general questions about the grants, please contact
Rev. Betty Angelini at pastorwarrenfpc@gmail.com
Rev. Amy Duiker at aduiker@sugarcreekchurch.org.

For technological questions about uploading/submitting your application, please contact
Heather Deeb at heather@synodofthecovenant.org
248-729-2415

If you any other questions, please contact the Grants and Scholarship Team
grants@synodofthecovenant.org
248-729-2415

[1] Applicants do not need to have made a formal commitment to become a Matthew 25 ministry or congregation within the denomination in order to be awarded a grant. For more information about these three goals, please visit Presbyterian Mission Agency Matthew 25 in the PC(USA): A bold vision and invitation | Presbyterian Mission Agency.