Grant Guidelines

  • Grants and church size (from SCE guidelines)
    • Congregations with 150 or fewer active, adult profession members are eligible
    • Included in the grant may be the expenses of larger congregations who are partnering with a small congregation in a project
  • Grants will only support ministries that are clearly affiliated with the CRCNA and doing ministry within the geographic footprint of classis.
  • A ministry may apply for only one type of grant per year and cannot apply for more than   three project grants in ten years
  • Maximum grants are as follows:
    • Sustaining grants $15,000
    • New ministries grants $15,000
    • Project grants $3,000
  • Student funding grants have a maximum of $5,000 per year and a maximum of $20,000 for the entirety of a student’s years of theological training
  • Sustaining grants are renewed every five years only after a review of ministry with particular attention given to congregational health and demonstrated missional outcomes (i.e. community engagement, pastoring the local community, growth through evangelism, the percentage of members living within the church's parish, etc.)
  • All grant requests must be submitted by July 1 in the year prior to the granting year.
  • Classical grants are distributed through a networking process whenever possible
    • Classis approves grant funding
    • Churches reduce classical contributions by amount of approved classis grants and write check directly
    • Goal is 100% networking
    • Grants will include My Brother’s/Sister’s Houses and other diaconal investments