Mission & Ministry Grants

Overview

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 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.


How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through the online form — no hard copies will be considered. The next application period will open August 9, 2021 and close September 19, 2021. Please bookmark this page and save the date in your calendar.

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 Grants@NBAcares.org.

Ready to apply? Here’s a few ideas to help you with your application:

Additional Information

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]

Funding

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 sustainability, lifecycle, and impact of the project.

Important Dates

Applications open August 9, 2021 and will be accepted through September 19, 2021 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, 2021. Funding will be allocated in December 2021. Accepted grantees will be required to complete an impact report in early 2022, including sharing a story about their ministry with NBA for promotional purposes.

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

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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

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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staff

Meet the Mission & Ministry Grants Team

Rev. Rebecca Hale

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Kara Whitehouse Qaoud

EXECUTIVE SUPPORT MANAGER AND GRANTS COORDINATOR