Supporting Disciples Young Adults in Education and Leadership
Through NBA’s Young Adult Leadership Development program area, we seek to co-create spaces with and for young adults 18-30 to flourish in life and service. NBA’s YALD grants are specifically designed to support current and future leaders in identifying their leadership qualities, building leadership capacity, and allowing young adults to explore new possibilities in the areas of service and justice.
Young adults are eligible to apply for either a Development grant or an Exploration/Ingenuity Grant.
These grants are intended for:
Young adults working in a health and social service profession seeking additional training to enhance their knowledge/skills to be more effective in their current role or seeking to advance beyond that role.
Young adults seeking more broad leadership training to hone specific skills in church or community leadership (ex. diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging training, conflict transformation, community organizer training, etc.)
Young adults seeking assistance for formal courses related to fields of study in health and social services.
This grant is for young adults who desire to pursue a passion project, social enterprise idea, or advance a project they already started. Projects or social enterprises must be community or congregation-based, and related to a particular health, social, or justice need in their context.
How to Apply
Applications are open July 12, 2023, to August 30, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
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:
Accurate contact information of the person applying for the grant.
A summary detailing the type and purpose of the desired leadership training for the development grant, or project description for the exploration/ingenuity grant, the applicant’s hopes and goals, implementation timeline, and a proposed budget.
The amount requested, up to $1,000 USD.
Note: The application has a ‘save’ function. You may begin your application and return to complete it before the deadline.
Available for Disciples-affiliated Young Adults ages 18-30.
Disciples-affiliated refers to a person who is a member of a Disciples congregation, active with a Disciples region or general ministry, and/or is a student at a Disciples-affiliated institution (e.g. college/university, seminary, Disciples Divinity House).
Grants are available up to $1,000 USD.
Grantees may only be awarded funds once per calendar year.
Previously awarded grants must be spent before a new application will be considered in the following year.
An individual may be awarded for a maximum of three consecutive years.
Grantees will be asked to submit a story of impact within six months of receipt of funds.
Grantees must use funds as indicated in their application and confirmed in their award letter. Should changes need to be made to the application of funds, the grantee should immediately contact the NBA Grants Management Coordinator.
Grantees should expect to spend these funds within one calendar year of the award.
Application Opens: July 12, 2023
Application Closes: August 30, 2023
Award Notifications: by September 30, 2023
What are the areas that NBA YALD grants will NOT support?
Donations to congregations, regions, or institutions
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
Trainings or projects outside of the United States and Canada, without prior approval