Announcing the Fall 2022 Mission & Ministry Grantees

The National Benevolent Association is proud to announce its Fall 2022 Mission & Ministry Grantees. In this cycle, NBA’s Mission & Ministry Grants program provided a total of $192,500 to 33 Disciples projects and ministries working with older adults, children, and youth.

Launched in 2017, the Mission & Ministry Grants program has made purpose-restricted funds available for Disciples’ congregations and health and social service ministries for half a decade. This year, the NBA Grants Committee met virtually to evaluate and accept applications for both the Spring and Fall cycles. Now in its sixth granting year, the NBA has been able to grant more than $1,235,350 to ministries that support disenfranchised youth and older adults. Additionally, in 2020, NBA was able to grant $1,000,000 to health and social services organizations that needed support throughout the pandemic via the NBA COVID-19 Response Grants.

“It was such an honor to serve on this committee. To be able to read and see the work and creative ideas out there that will be truly beneficial to those in need was such an honor for me,” said Dr. Judy Alston, NBA Trustee and Mission & Ministry Grants committee member. “As a Professor of Leadership and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), my heart is overjoyed to see the Mary McLeod Bethune model of the ‘Head, Heart, and Hand’ at work in real-time.”

The Fall 2022 grantees are located across 22 Disciples regions. For the first time, there are grantees in states like Hawaii and Pennsylvania. Of the 33 selected projects, 10 are focused on education for at-risk children and youth, 16 are focused on older adults, and seven are intergenerational, serving both communities.

NBA continues to take seriously our internal equity work; this includes thinking about how our granting process can be more equitable and inclusive. We recognize that lengthy and confusing grant application processes can deter some communities from applying. To that end, we continue to offer our grant information in English, Spanish and Korean. Additionally, we simplified our application process in order to make it more accessible to a wider group of communities.

We also recognize that in low-income communities and communities of color, systemic needs are often greater. This cycle, more than 70 percent, or $138,600 of our grant dollars went to projects that will directly benefit multicultural communities.

“It’s been such a blessing to see this granting program grow the way it has over the years,” says Grants Coordinator Kara Whitehouse. “I’m grateful to our grants committee for their work in selecting our grantees this year and also to our Board of Trustees for seeing a great need there is across the denomination.”

See the full list of grantees below and stay tuned for stories from the grantees throughout 2023.

Fall 2022 Mission & Ministry Grant Recipients

PurposeOrganization NameProject TitleCityStateAward
Children & Youth Christian Services for Children in AlabamaTherapeutic Foster Children Afterschool Tutoring ProgramSelmaAL$5,000
Children & Youth Disciples Christian Church Youth Cultural Arts Center Cleveland HeightsOH$5,200
Children & Youth Fifth Christian ChurchChildren's Defense Fund Freedom School ClevelandOH$8,000
Children & Youth First Christian ChurchYouth Greenhouse Educational Center BrownsvillePA$3,500
Children & Youth First Christian ChurchMujeres Creando Éxito (Women Creating Success)ConcordCA$10,000
Children & Youth First Christian ChurchYouth Empowerment Culinary ProgramSalemOR$7,000
Children & Youth International Love MinistriesRefugee Tutoring ProjectBroken ArrowOK$10,000
Children & Youth McCarty Memorial Christian ChurchProject JubileeLos AngelesCA$5,000
Children & Youth Be The NeighborAdvocacy & Justice Education for YouthAustinTX$7,000
Children & Youth QC Family TreeYoung Adult Transitional SupportCharlotteNC$10,000
IntergenerationalHarbor Christian ChurchBlue    TheologyNewport BeachCA$3,000
IntergenerationalJourney of Faith Christian ChurchTechnology Together West WillowAnn ArborMI$5,000
Intergenerational Joyful Presbyterian ChurchArt TherapyLas VegasNV$3,000
IntergenerationalJuliette Fowler CommunitiesServices for At-Risk Youth, incl. Child Sex Trafficking VictimsDallasTX$9,000
Intergenerational The Dreamkeepers CoalitionAmplify Youth to Dream Big AtlantaGA$10,000
IntergenerationalThe   Gathering ExperienceP.R.I.D.E. for Black Women and GirlsDallasTX$10,000
IntergenerationalYedidyah Christian ChurchWalking Together: Community Performing ArtsNorwalkCA$5,000
Older Adult Ministries Central Christian ChurchFood for the SoulNew AlbanyIN$5,300
Older Adult Ministries Central Christian Church of Dade CountyCCC Gables Food Bank 2022Coral GablesFL$5,000
Older Adult Ministries Community Christian ChurchThe Good News CrewKansas CityMO$5,000
Older Adult Ministries Countryside Christian ChurchL's Angels: Lunching, Learning, Laughing, Listening, & LollygaggingWinchesterIN$5,000
Older Adult Ministries First Christian ChurchFeeding Hungry Seniors in Monongahela ValleyMonongahelaPA$5,000
Older Adult Ministries First Christian ChurchFeeding the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of seniors.GreenvilleSC$4,000
Older Adult Ministries First Christian ChurchXYZ Senior MinistryMadisonvilleKY$3,000
Older Adult Ministries Florence Christian ChurchFresh Start Shower MinistryFlorenceKY$5,000
Older Adult Ministries Florida Christian CenterSupport and Integration for Spanish-Speaking ResidentsJacksonvilleFL$5,000
Older Adult Ministries Glowing Doves Educational Outreach Program"Amistad Con Jesus" (Friends with Jesus)San BenitoTX$2,900
Older Adult Ministries Harmony GrowsGarden Accessibility ProjectNorth CantonOH$4,600
Older Adult Ministries Loving Jesus Christian ChurchLoving Care for Lonely SeniorsSouth PasadenaCA$5,000
Older Adult Ministries Root Wellness CenterWhole Body Health & Wellness CohortGarnerNC$5,000
Older Adult Ministries South Side Christian ChurchStaying Healthy!KokomoIN$2,000
Older Adult Ministries Thomas Campbell ApartmentsResident Enhance Activity Project (REAP)WashingtonPA$10,000
Older Adult Ministries Urban SanctuaryMobilizing Older Adults for Climate Justice San JoseCA$5,000