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Scholarships and grants

Leadership training scholarships

Leadership development and training for additional skills are critical for pastors and key lay leaders to help small, rural and urban congregations be most effective in their ministries.  In the area of Leadership Development, the Church Growth and Transformation Office provides the following resources:

Scholarships for Training Events

For scholarships up to $300 for people to attend training events.

Scholarships for Community Organizing Training

The Presbyterian Hunger Program provides scholarships for up to $500 to help Presbyterians attend training events run by the national networks of community organizing (such as IAF, PICO, DART and Gamaliel Foundation).

Scholarship applications are accepted throughout the year. All applications must include a current W-9 form.


Mission Program Grants

Mission Program Grants are made available to congregations and presbyteries that are seeking to respond to this commandment by organizing new congregations, transforming existing congregations or developing congregational-based ministries.  Find more information.


Congregational Based Community Organizing Grants

Congregational Based Community Organizing (CBCO) is a strategy for rebuilding communities, revitalizing congregations and developing individuals into effective leaders and change agents. A CBCO is generally a coalition of congregations (usually interfaith in nature), service providers and community groups whose common mission is to listen to community residents, identify critical issues and respond in strategic ways that affect the quality of life of the community.

The Presbyterian Church has been a catalyst in the evolution of this movement since its inception in the 1950s. The denomination has been one of the major funders nationally and hundreds of congregations have been involved at the grassroots level.

Many CBCOs are related to national training networks (such as IAF, DART, PICO and Gamaliel) or they may be more independent in nature and training. What they share is a commitment that acting in the public arena from a faith perspective is critical in holding institutions accountable for building a just society.

CBCO grant applications for 2012 funding are due by June 1, 2011.

If you have any questions about the grant application, please contact Melonee Tubb at (800) 728-7228 x5088.

CBCO Start Up Grants

These grants fund new broad-based community organizations that are less than three years old. These grants are committed for one year only, but the organization is eligible to apply for two subsequent years. In other words, an organization can receive a grant for a maximum of three years. The grants sum range generally from $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the demonstrated need.

CBCO Housing Grants

These funds support the advocacy work of CBCOs in the areas of homelessness and affordable housing. These grants are committed for one year only, but the organization is eligible to apply for two subsequent years. In other words, an organization can receive a grant for a maximum of five years. The grants sum range generally from $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the demonstrated need.

Submitting your application

By mail: Melonee Tubb 
Small Church and Community Ministry Office 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
100 Witherspoon Street, Room 2065 
Louisville, KY 40202-1396 
(800) 728-7228, x5088

By email: Applications may be sent via email to Melonee Tubb in MS-Word or PDF format, but you will still have to mail in six copies of your application.

Grants for Small Churches in Texas

The New Braunfels Presbyterian Church session, responding to the many needs of small churches, created and funded an outreach program. Qualifying churches in Texas can apply. The grants will be awarded to small churches for a variety of requests to include educational or youth programs, outreach projects, facilities, music and pastor study grants or other needs. Read more about grants for small churches in Texas

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