Grants and Scholarships
Congregation 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 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 at a time and an organization is eligible for a maximum of three years funding. They do not have to be consecutive grants. The grants sum range generally from $5,000 to $6,000 depending on the demonstrated need. Only online applicarions will be considered.
CBCO Housing Grants
These funds support the advocacy work of CBCOs in the areas of homelessness and affordable housing. The grants are specifically focused on the kind of public policy and economic strategies that effect a city or state. Generally the efforts of a congregation or a housing non-profit are not eligible for these grants unless a part of a larger existing CBCO strategy. These grants are only committed for one year at a time, but a CBCO is eligible for a total of five years funding. The grants sum range generally from $5,000 to $6,000 depending on the demonstrated need. Only online applications will be considered. Call Trey Hammond if you have any questions about the eligibility of your organization at 505-239-8674.
The deadline for applications for 2015 funding is June 30. Only applications submitted online will be considered for funding. Please check back in March 2016 for new deadlines.
Decisions regarding grant awards will be made by the Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee in the Fall.
If you have any questions about the grant application, please contact Trey Hammond at (505) 239-8674 or contact by email.
Scholarships for Community Organizing Training
The Small Church and Community Ministry Office, in partnership with the Presbyterian Hunger Program provides scholarships 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. If you have any questions about the grant application, please contact Eva Slayton at the Small Church and Community Ministry Office at (888) 728-7228 x5244 or contact us by email.