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Please contribute to the programs that provide grants to establish New Worshiping Communities and presbyteries that wish to enable continual congregational transformation.

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Mission Program Grants

Dear Colleagues,

The grants our office offers to establish 1001 New Worshiping Communities have been revised, to better serve you —our constituents.

The changes we’re making, two years into the movement, are based on what we’ve learned from mid-council, fellow staff, elected partners and leaders of these new worshiping communities.

These processes are meant to encourage local accountability, reward risk taking and innovative thinking— and enable flexibility for the types of ministry being considered for assistance.

The New Worshiping Communities “Seed Grant” still provides $7,500 to help start a 1001 community, but now it is for the first year of ministry, rather than six months.

After that first year the ministry can apply for an additional $25,000 “Investment Grant” for the next 18 months, followed by the possibility of a $25,000 “Growth Grant.”

Both the “Investment” and “Growth” grant require dollar matching from a mid-council, congregation or in kind support.

All new worshiping community leaders are still eligible to apply for a Health Insurance Grant, worth $1,500 per year—twice renewable.

Mission Program Grants also provides grants to presbyteries seeking continual congregational transformation— and the Sam & Helen R. Walton Award, given every March, to excellent new worshiping communities to help with capital expenses.


Dates and Deadlines

Mission Program Grants Proposal Submission & Review Dates

2015 Cut-off Date for Receipt of Proposals


2015 Review Date (Received on Time)


2015 Review Date (Received Late)

February 11


March 9-10*


April 15

March 11


April 15


May 13

April 15


May 13


August 10

July 15


August 10*


October 14

September 16


October 14


November 11

October 14


November 11


March 7, 2016

* Face-to-Face Mission Development Resources Committee Meeting

The Sam & Helen R. Walton Award Nominations need to be filed for each nominee and received in the Office of Mission Program Grants by January 31st of each year.  The 2015 Mission Development Resources Committee Review Date will be March 9 – 10.*