Grants Available through the Presbytery of the Cascades

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PEACEMAKING GRANT

Trustees to Presbytery: Give Peace a Chance

The Board of Trustees has launched a process to provide Peacemaking Grants to congregations in amounts up to $15,000 (no grant is too small).

The Trustees are hoping to grant over $105,000 to the congregations of the presbytery over the next 12 months. 

If you stop and think about it, there is a high likelihood that your congregation is involved in and can expand its involvement in peacemaking: projects that promote reconciliation, workshops on de-escalation, partnerships with others in your community that work for peace.

Read about the process and fill out an application form today


BISBEE GRANT

This grant program provides financial support for local programs/projects which deliver services that strengthen the bonds of communities, neighborhoods and families within the Presbytery of the Cascades.  Due to the broad scope of this mission and the limited funds available, awards will be focused each year on a different broad service area. 

Recent examples are: assisting victims of domestic violence (2017); services to aid homeless persons (2016); and supporting family literacy  (2015).

Grant Limit:  Varies by year and proposal but typically around $1,000

Similar grants to consider:  Self Development of People

This fall’s Bisbee Fund Community Ministry grants will be dedicated to such efforts to address the special needs of the family caregivers in our communities.  Applications may be found here.  Learn more about the Fall 2019 Bisbee Fund Community Ministry Grant Application  Click Here.


SELF DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE (SDOP)

This grant is designed to steward projects that empower people.  The main emphasis of a project should be the “long-term” correction of conditions that keep people bound by poverty and oppression.  

Grant Limit:  $20,000

Similar grant to consider depending on project:  BISBEE

Click Here for SDOP GRANT APPLICATION


BARNABAS FUND

Provides grants to help churches or presbytery programmatic entities update their facilities or services so as not to exclude anyone’s participation based on a disability.  Serves to help churches upgrade to meet ADA compliance regulations.
Provides emergency capital loans and/or grants for congregations needing immediate and critical assistance.
Provides limited support for mission & program needs of churches.
Funds large scale maintenance projects for presbytery property.

Recent examples:  Emergency furnace repair, facility updates for ADA compliance, fallen tree removal, limited funding for church education program needs, short-term loan to help with the costs of extensive capital projects.

Grant Limit: $10,000

Similar grants to consider:  1001 Worshiping Walton Award as below

Click Here for Barnabas-Grant-Application


TECHNOLOGY GRANT

Are you looking to up your church’s technology game which can translate into better congregational experiences & outreach.  Technology grants can help cover the costs of incorporating live streaming tools, using visual enhancement (video projectors and/or screens), better internet connections, online giving and surveillance systems, to name a few.  

Recent examples are:  new TV screens in the fellowship hall; a new digital church road sign; wiring for better internet in an historic church, updating equipment for the hearing-impaired.

Grant limit: $4,000

Similar grants to consider:  Barnabas Grant

Click Here for Technology-Grants-Brief-Information-Page


VITALITY GRANT

This grant is available to smaller congregations (typically churches with less than 150 members) which are exploring new ideas for growth and community outreach.  

Recent examples are:  Hosting a family shelter, intergenerational education, alternative worship service, funding to support summer neighborhood art and music camps sponsored by church.

Grant limit:  $10,000

Similar grants to consider:  New Ministries Team Grant

Click Here for Vitality-Grant-Application


NEW MINISTRIES TEAM GRANT

The NMT Grant exists to steward efforts within the presbytery to begin new churches and new ministries.  This grant should also be considered by existing congregations hoping to revitalize their mission through developing new and alternative forms of ministry.

Recent examples are:  Funding to support a youth outreach program focused on character development and mentorship; funding for the development of an ecumenical affordable housing coalition.

Grant limit:  Grant amounts will depend on the project.

Similar grants to consider:  Vitality Grant

Click Here for  New ministries grant application


1001 NEW WORSHIPPING COMMUNITIES GRANT

1001 NWC grants are from the national church, PCUSA, to support new and varied forms of church for our changing culture.  Right now, there are 3 options:

Seed Grant – $7,500 grant, with pretty low entry point
Investment Grant – $25,000, requires matching and already received Seed Grant
Growth Grant – $25,000, requires matching and already received Seed & Investment Grants
Health Insurance Grant –  $1,500 towards health insurance for organizing pastors of new worshipping communities.
Walton Award – Up to $50,000 to a new church development that is working in creative ways to bring the gospel to their local communities.

More information on these grants can be found at this link:  CLICK HERE

Other opportunities to consider:  There are several designated accounts that have funds available, but the funds in these accounts can only be used for the specific purpose intended–local disaster assistance, presbytery hunger program, and Lectionary Seminar.  Contact the presbytery office for more details on these sources of funding.