NBA Mission & Ministry Grants Program

Supporting Disciples programs for older adults or disenfranchised youth.

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Serving as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)’s health and social service general ministry, the National Benevolent Association partners with Disciples-related ministries, regions, and local congregations to create communities of compassion and care. NBA’s Mission & Ministry Grants program utilizes purpose-restricted funds to provide grant funding for projects serving older adults and educating disenfranchised youth and young adults. These communities have been served by NBA’s ministry since our founding in 1887 and are communities that we continue to support and accompany.

Grant Eligibility

NBA Mission & Ministry Grants are ‘purpose-restricted funds’ for two types of programs:

  • “Educational Purposes for At-Risk Children and Youth” between the ages of 10-25 years.
  • “Older Adult Ministries” serving those who are 50 years or older.

Due to the purpose-restriction of these funds, grant applications must clearly demonstrate their funding needs as being related to older adults or at-risk youth in order to be approved.

Mission & Ministry Grants are available for congregations, programs, and ministries affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. American projects must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status through the church and/or the state in which the ministry operates. Canadian projects must be registered charities through the CRA.

For additional details on eligibility, limitations, and restrictions, please download the NBA Mission & Ministry Grants FAQ. [Korean PDF, Spanish PDF]


Applicants are encouraged to apply for the amount of funding they feel is needed. Please be advised that the committee may not award the full amount requested. The amount of funding a successful application will receive is based on the following factors, including the sustainability, lifecycle, and impact of the project.

Funding Category Funding Amount Description
Catalyst $1,000 – $5,000 Startup funds for new ministries, or, for existing ministries to add a new service or project initiative.
Innovation $6,000 – $15,000 For established ministries to expand to a new level of effectiveness and impact.
Impact $20,000+ For well-established ministries to make major leaps in service areas. Applicants must demonstrate a strong business plan and be willing to work closely with NBA to ensure implementation, sustainability, and impact of the project.


Important Dates

Applications open June 15, 2020 and will be accepted through September 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. Your organization may only submit one application per grant year. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applicants will be notified of their funding decision by Nov 30, 2020. Funding will be allocated in December 2020. Accepted grantees will be required to complete an impact report in early 2021, including sharing a story about their ministry with NBA for promotional purposes.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through the online form — no hard copies will be considered.


To complete the application, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Contact information for the congregation, ministry/project, and key personnel
  • A summary of the ministry’s mission and goals that shows how your project meets the purpose restrictions (adults age 50+ or disenfranchised youth ages 10–25)
  • The amount you are requesting, from $1,000 – $20,000+
  • A detailed financial summary of your ministry/project, possibly including financial/banking documentation.
  • Budget statements for the parent organization/congregation and the specific project that you are requesting funds for.
  • Current Form W-9 [PDF]
  • Logo file

The application has a ‘save’ function; you may begin your application early and return to complete it before the deadline.

We highly recommend downloading and reading the NBA Mission & Ministry Grants FAQ. [Korean PDF, Spanish PDF] If you have additional questions not resolved by the FAQ, please contact the NBA Grants Coordinator by email at

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