Mission & Ministry Grants

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Supporting Disciples Programs for Older Adults or At-Risk Youth

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 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.

Image: Woodhaven, NBA Mission & Ministry Grantee

How to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted through September 19, 2021.

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

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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 reading the “Additional Information & FAQ” below. If you have additional questions not resolved by the FAQ, please contact the NBA Grants Coordinator by email at Grants@NBAcares.org.

Ready to apply? Here are a few items that might help you with your application:

Additional Information & FAQ

Purpose-Restricted Funds

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.

The NBA defines “Educational Purposes” as any formal or informal opportunity for learning that is presented as an intentional goal or outcome of the project. Examples of previously funded educational purposes include: tutoring programs; leadership development workshops; focused learning and discussion groups; mentorship programs. “Educational Purposes” do not include prerequisites to education, such as school supplies or hunger management initiatives unless clearly connected to a projected learning component as explained above.

The term purpose-restricted funds means that the donors who gave funds to the National Benevolent Association asked us to use their money in a specific way. Under U.S. law, If a donor restricts the use of their funds to a certain purpose, the nonprofit must honor that request. Because of these donor requests, NBA is obligated to provide Mission & Ministry grants to only projects that serve adults ages 50+ or youth and young adults aged 10-25.

Grant Eligibility Details

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.
  • Applications not affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be rejected.
  • Applications outside the United States and Canada will be rejected.

Funding Amounts

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the amount of funding they feel is needed between $1,000 – $20,000. 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 project’s sustainability, lifecycle, and impact.

A Grant Committee consisting of NBA staff and trustees will review all applications and make funding decisions. The application review process consists of three stages:

  1. Eligibility review by the NBA Grants Coordinator.
  2. Awards are determined by the Grants Committee. The Committee consists of two NBA staff persons, including the Grants Coordinator, and two members of the NBA Board of Trustees.
  3. NBA Board of Trustees approves all final grants at the November board meeting.

Important Dates

Applications open August 9, 2021 and will be accepted through September 19, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applicants will be notified of their funding decision in November via email and mailed letters. Funding will be allocated in December. Accepted grantees will be required to complete an impact report in the following months, including sharing a story about their ministry with NBA for promotional purposes.

My organization received a Mission & Ministry grant last year, can we apply again?

Yes, an organization may apply in a subsequent year. Please be sure all required reports, evaluations/documents for the previously received grant cycle have been completed prior to submitting a new application for the current year. Please note the NBA Grants Committee holds the right to approve or disapprove a grant request and subsequent year funding is not guaranteed.

My previous grant application was denied; can I re-apply this year?

Yes, an organization may reapply regardless of their approval status from the previous year. Please review all available resources and requirements for the NBA Mission & Ministry grants program to ensure that your project and/or ministry is eligible for application.

What are the requirements for organizations awarded a grant?

Organizations who receive a Mission & Ministry Grant will be required to provide an Impact Report. The NBA will provide you with an Impact Report form online. When grants are awarded, each grantee must agree to fully complete this form.

Additionally, each grantee is required to provide a communication piece (such as a story/article, video, or photo album) about your project. These stories will be featured on NBA’s website and social channels and will help foster learning for the entire church about effective health and social service ministries. This communication piece will also help your organization amplify the success and impact of the work you are doing.

What are the areas that NBA grants will NOT support?

  • Individuals
  • Endowments
  • Capital improvements (i.e. construction, remodeling, building expansion)
  • Purchase requests (i.e. equipment or goods purchased without clearly articulated programmatic impact or expansion)
  • National ceremonies, memorials, conferences, fundraising dinners, testimonials, or other similar events
  • Elected officials
  • Projects outside of the United States and Canada

Get to Know Our Grantees

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Woodland Christian Church

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West Street Christian Church

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University Church

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United Disciples of Christ Church

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United Congregational Christian Church

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Disciples Crossing

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Snow Hill Christian Church

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Saguaro Christian Church

Tucson, Arizona—The Sol Food Initiative will eliminate food insecurity among low-income seniors living in food deserts.

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Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation

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Park Place Christian Church

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Nashville Food Project

Nashville, TN—Growing, cooking, and sharing nourishing food, to alleviate hunger in our city.

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Twin Pines Christian Church

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Lake Ozark Christian Church

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Iglesia Nueva Vida

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Hope Christian Church

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Heights Christian Church

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First Christian Church Salida

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First Christian Church Rogers

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First Christian Church Midland

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First Christian Church St. Joseph

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First Christian Church Edmond

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First Christian Church Maryville

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First Christian Church Blue Mound

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Disciples Christian Church

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Christian Temple

Baltimore, MD—Support to persons living in assisted living facilities and creating an ongoing support group.

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Centennial Christian Church

St. Louis, MO—C3 Mentoring & Youth Development Program.

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Blue Valley Christian Church

Overland Park, KS—Geriatric Ministry focused on connecting residents with their families.

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Bethel Christian Church

Jonesborough, TN—Health and wellness for seniors through technology.

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First Christian Church Beckley

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Christian Church of Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove, CA—At-risk urban youth visit Blue Theology for learning and serving experiences.

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Stories from our Grantees

Danville Christian Church Continues Comfort Food Ministry During Pandemic

Before the pandemic, Danville Christian Church partnered with the local Ronald McDonald House in Danville, IN to provide comfort to families. Thanks to a COVID-19 NBA Response Grant, they were able to continue this partnership.

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Showing Students What’s Possible: KidZClub Provides Bilingual Tutoring and Support for College

KidzClub at West Street Church in Tipton, Indiana shares how receiving a 2019-20 Mission & Ministry grant impacted their ministry.

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Offering Fresh Food, Conversation and Smiles During Tumultuous Times

First Christian Church in Princeton, Kentucky used their COVID-19 Mission & Ministry grant to support a program that touched their entire community and spanned multiple generations.

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Supporting Essential Employees Through the COVID-19 NBA Response Grant

When the city of Columbia, Missouri began to shut down due to COVID-19, Woodhaven sprung into action, finding ways to support their essential employees who needed extra support during this unprecedented year. They used a COVID-19 NBA Response Grant to help.

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All People’s College Corner Program Successfully Helps Teens Afford College

All People's Community Center shares how receiving a 2019-20 Mission & Ministry grant impacted their ministry.

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Texas Church Uses Mission & Ministry Grant to Design an Inclusive Playground

Park Place Christian Church shares how receiving a 2019-20 Mission & Ministry grant impacted their ministry.

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How NBA’s Mission & Ministry Grants Helped Children Enjoy their Summer

Cleveland Christian Home shares how receiving a 2019-20 Mission & Ministry grant impacted their ministry.

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Meet the Mission & Ministry Grants Team

Rev. Rebecca Hale


Kara Whitehouse Qaoud