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 closed. The next application period will open in January of 2023.

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 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 are currently closed. The next application period will open in January 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applicants will be notified of their funding decision approximately five weeks after the closing date via email and mailed letters. Funding will be allocated approximately ten weeks after the closing date. 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?

All organizations and ministries that meet the funding and eligibility requirements may be funded once per calendar year. Eligibility resumes January 1st of the next calendar year. *All funding decisions are at the discretion of the Grants Committee.

My previous grant application was denied; can I re-apply in the next application period?

Yes, all denied applicants who meet eligibility and funding criteria may re-apply for funding in the next application period. Please review all available resources and requirements for the NBA Mission & Ministry Grants Program to ensure that your project/ministry is eligible for funding.

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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The Gathering Experience

Dallas, TX-The Gathering exists to welcome people into community to follow Jesus, partner in ministry to transform our lives together, and to go create an equitable world.

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Joyful Presbyterian Church

Las Vegas, NV-Joyful Presbyterian is a Korean church based in Las Vegas.

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McCarty Memorial Christian Church

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International Love Ministries Inc.

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First Christian Church, Salem

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First Christian Church, Brownsville

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Fifth Christian Church

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Yedidyah Christian Church

Norwalk, CA—Providing music education and the chance for youth to discover musical gifts and a love for the arts.

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Yale Avenue Christian Church

Tulsa, OK— Facilitating a mentorship and education discussion group for those at-risk immigrant youth and children in foster care.

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Walking on Water Christian Church

Claremont, CA— Helping individuals learn compassion, understanding, and communication through worship and education

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Unleashing Potential

St. Louis, MO— Advancing youth knowledge and interest in STEM career opportunities in UP's Out-of-School Time (OST) programs.

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The Keep It Together Project

Houston, TX— Improving access and comprehension of educational materials for students with IEP's

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Peniel Ministries

Gresham, OR—Social and emotional learning workshop to equip​ youth with tools to become self-managing in employment, life, and relationships.

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New Vision Christian Church

Fort Worth, TX— Providing opportunities for young ladies to learn and enhance life skills and gain a positive self-image.

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Global Arts and Theology Experience

Austin, TX— Educating girls age 11-17 about Black women's history and literature and womanist theory and theology.

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First Christian Church Texas City

Texas City, TX— Launching a new Blue Theology site that provides eco-theology education to at-risk students in the community.

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First Christian Church McAllen

McAllen, TX— Providing healthy activities for families to learn cooking and life skills while focusing on mental health education

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Casa De Oracion de Fullerton

Fullerton, CA— Providing education focused on the 4 Pillars of Wellness: Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical to youth ages 12-25.

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Camp Sunflower Inc.

Witchita, KS—Creating places of safety for youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities where each person is celebrated.

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Wilshire Korean Christian Church

Los Angeles, CA — Providing health classes and technology training for older adults

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The Devoted Life Ministries

Mount Holy, NC— Providing virtual spiritual and mental health services to older adults through video devotions.

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Sallims Church

Newport Beach, CA— Providing opportunities for community and fellowship for older Korean adults.

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Rock Bridge Christian Church

Columbia, MO—Providing and implementing educational resources addressing biblical perspectives on aging and advocacy for older adults.

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My SupaNatural Life

Los Angeles, CA— Provide training for young adults serving as caretakers for older adults with disabilities and chronic illness.

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Countryside Christian Church

Winchester, IN— Offering seniors monthly opportunities for education and fellowship centered around age-specific topics.

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Loving Jesus Christian Church

Pasadena, CA— Connecting at-risk children with seniors through reading, fellowship, and after-school activities.

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Iglesia Cristiana en Nashville

Nashville, TN— Offering music and computer classes to both at-risk youth and older adults.​

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Iglesia Cristiana Emmanuel

San Benito, TX— Connecting youth and adults through literacy and ESL education.

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First Christian Church Katy

Katy, TX— Providing meals and nutrition education for at-risk youth and older adults.

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Stories from our Grantees

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Over the last two years FCC Princeton has taken a group of adolescents across the country and helped them experience their home state of Kentucky in new and exciting ways!

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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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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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Meet the Mission & Ministry Grants Team

Rev. Rebecca Hale


Kara Whitehouse