Grants and Scholarships
Congregation-Based Community Organizing Grants
Congregation-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 applications 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. Contact 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 at the Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee in October.
If you have any questions about grant eligibility or process, please contact: Trey Hammond by email or at (505) 239-8674. If you have any questions about the grant online application, please contact: Jennifer Evans by email or at (888) 728-7228 x5819.
Community Organizing Network Training Grants
Grants are available for community organization training efforts of large national training networks and smaller regional training events. These networks generally provide training slots for Presbyterian leadership at national training events of the major networks, such as IAF, PICO, DART, Gamaliel Foundation, IVP, and others. As well, these grants have supported other organizations whose primary interest is community organizing training.
Community Organizing Network Training grant applications for 2015 will be accepted through August 31, 2015. Decisions regarding grant awards will be made at the October meeting of the Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee.
Please contact Trey Hammond by email or at (505) 239-8674 to verify grant eligibility and for access to this online grant application.
Scholarships for Community Organizing Training
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 scholarship eligibility or process, please contact: Trey Hammond by email or at (505) 239-8674. If you have any questions about the scholarship application, please contact: Jennifer Evans by email or at (888) 728-7228 x5819.