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Grant Applications and Annual Progress Reports

In partnership with congregations, presbyteries and synods, Mission Program Grants provide short-term, start-up funds for New Church Development, support to presbyteries in their work of continually transforming existing congregations, and for the establishment of 1001 New Worshiping Communities.  If you have questions about who can receive grants or need information on filling out an application, please visit our Grant Writing Materials page.

Mission Program Grants Proposal Submission and Review Dates

2014 Cut-off Date for Receipt of Proposals


2014 Review Date (Received on Time)


2014 Review Date (Received Late)

February 12


March 10-11*


April 16

March 10


April 16


May 14

April 16


May 14


August 11

July 16


August 11


October 15

September 17


October 15


November 12

October 15


November 12


March 9, 2015

* Face-to-Face Mission Development Resources Committee Meeting

1001 New Worshiping Community Seed Grant proposals are not bound by these dates and therefore may be submitted for consideration at any time.  1001 New Worshiping Community Investment Grant proposals should be submitted and will be reviewed according to the above schedule.

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 2014 Mission Development Resources Committee Review Date will be March 10 – 11.* 


First-Level New Church Grant Application

New church development is the faithful discernment of God’s leading and implementation of God’s mission in the establishment of a new ministry.  It is a response to the needs of a new group of persons, with the ultimate goal to grow a viable and sustainable new congregation.


Second-Level New Church Grant Application

A Second–Level New Church Grant proposal will be considered only after the approval and completion of a First-Level New Church Grant.


New Church Grant Annual Progress Reports

The purpose of this report is to track a project’s progress during its funding cycle and to gather and share insights that can be used to help and inform other projects.

Download   (For Projects that Started Funding Prior to 2010)

Download   (For Projects that Started Funding From 2010 - Present)

New Worshiping Communities Definition

  • New

            - Seeking to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ
            - Taking on varied forms of church for our changing culture

  • Worshiping

            - Gathered by the Spirit to meet Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament
            - Sent by the Spirit to join God’s mission for the transformation of the world

  • Community

            - Practicing mutual care and accountability
            - Developing sustainability in leadership and finances

Download    (For the Full Version of the New Worshiping Community Definition)

1001 New Worshiping Communities "Seed" Grant Application

New worshiping communities may apply for a one-time Seed Grant of up to $7,500. 


It is a requirement of this grant for the Stated Clerk to have completed the Office of the General Assembly Church Change Form (CCF) on behalf of the project to be supported.

1001 New Worshiping Communities Investment Grant Application

Six months after receipt of a Seed Grant, a one-time Investment Grant of up to $17,500 is possible.  Proposals will be considered only after the approval and completion of a 1001 New Worshiping Communities "Seed" Grant.


Presbytery Grant for Congregational Transformation

This grant is intended to provide funding to presbyteries in support of their efforts to develop a process for helping congregations to begin and continue a transformational way of life.


New Worshiping Communities Health Insurance Grant Application

This grant program provides supplemental funding to the partner congregation and/or presbytery in support of new church organizing pastors or new worshiping community leaders who would not otherwise be able to afford health insurance.  These grants are limited to new congregations and new worshiping communities that are related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), are located within the United States and Puerto Rico and were established no earlier than July 2010.