Announcing the Spring 2023 Mission & Ministry Grantees

The National Benevolent Association is proud to announce its Spring 2023 Mission & Ministry Grantees. In this cycle, NBA’s Mission & Ministry Grants program provided a total of $174,600 to 40 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 more than half a decade. This is the second year of our new twice-a-year cycle, which allows the NBA to award up to $400,000 a year to ministries. Now in its sixth granting year, the Mission & Ministry granting program has granted more than $1.4 million to ministries that support disenfranchised youth and older adults.

“The list of the spring 2023 Mission & Ministry grantees represents such substantial efforts by Disciples across the breadth of the denomination to care for their communities,” reflects Rev. Rebecca Hale, grants committee member, and NBA’s Executive Vice President. “From helping long-loved ministries such as All People’s Community Center provide food for seniors, to the bold efforts of Galileo Christian Church to extend welcome and safety to LGBTQ+ young adults through their Finn’s Place ministry, NBA’s grants support a network of care.”

This round of grantees represents 23 states, and 20 Disciples regions and serves a variety of racial demographics, age groups, and income levels.

Building on the effectiveness of our Mission & Ministry Grant program, other granting opportunities are under development and will be launched later this year, including grants for young adults and health and social service leaders.

See the full list of grantees below and stay tuned for stories of impact from these grantees.

Spring 2023 Mission & Ministry Grant Recipients

Purpose AreaOrganization NameProject NameCityStateAmount
IntergenerationalAMPLIFY Christian ChurchHeritage Awareness TourSnellvilleGA$ 10,000.00
IntergenerationalFirst Christian Church, Little Rock, ARBuilding Bridges: An Intergenerational Arts and Academics Mentoring ProgramLittle RockAR$ 5,000.00
IntergenerationalFirst Christian Church, McAllen, TXAdopt an Angel MinistryMcAllenTX$ 4,100.00
IntergenerationalMinisterios PenielMusic, Media, ActionGreshamOR$ 5,000.00
IntergenerationalMy Supanatural LifeASL For ALL!: (Virtual) Intergenrational American Sign Language ClassesClaremontCA$ 4,000.00
IntergenerationalSnow Hill Christian ChurchJoy and SunshineFort DepositAL$ 2,500.00
IntergenerationalSol Food Initiative at Saguaro Christian ChurchSol Food DeliveredTucsonAZ$ 2,500.00
Older Adult MinistryAMOS Institute of Public LifeOrganizing for Justice: Leadership training for Older AdultsDes MoinesIA$ 7,500.00
Older Adult MinistryCentral Christian Church, Hermitage, PAFree Community BreakfastHermitagePA$ 2,000.00
Older Adult MinistryCongregations United for Compassion and Empowerment, Inc.Feeding and Caring for Homeless and Marginal SeniorsHyattsvilleMD$ 3,000.00
Older Adult MinistryDaytona Beach Drive-In Christian ChurchDaytona Beach Drive In Christian Church Bridges for Healing Street OutreachDaytona BeachFL$ 5,000.00
Older Adult MinistryFirst Christian Church, Burkburnett, TXDisciples Personal Care Pantry (known locally as "The Pantry")BurkburnettTX$ 5,000.00
Older Adult MinistryFirst Christian Church, El Reno, OKSenior Grocery ProgramEl RenoOK$ 2,500.00
Older Adult MinistryGlory Days Senior CareDisciple of Christ Scholarship FundMesaAZ$ 5,000.00
Older Adult MinistryGlowing Doves Educational Outreach ProgramJOYFUL HEARTS and LEAN ON MESan BenitoTX$ 3,000.00
Older Adult MinistryJourney of Faith Christian ChurchA Space for Refuge and HealingAnn ArborMI$ 5,000.00
Older Adult MinistryLife Ministries Christian ChurchShowing Seniors Love (SSL) Senior Care Support ServicesLos AngelesCA$ 2,500.00
Older Adult MinistryLoving Jesus Christian ChurchLoving Care for Lonely SeniorsSouth PasadenaCA$ 3,000.00
Older Adult MinistryNorthwest United Protestant ChurchFood 4 Friends: A Ministry of Love and FoodRichlandWA$ 1,000.00
Older Adult MinistryOceanside SanctuaryEmpowering Food Justice For Seniors in Oceanside: A Community-Based Approach.OceansideCA$ 2,500.00
Older Adult MinistryRoot Wellness Center of Root Cause CollectiveWhole-Body Health & Wellness Cohort (50+)GarnerNC$ 13,500.00
Older Adult MinistryThe Well Watered Soul Well Watered Soul Virtual Mental Health Care ServicesHamptonVA$ 2,000.00
Older Adult MinistryWilshire Korean Christian ChurchThe project is for the elderly who are financially challengedLos AngelesCA$ 4,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsBe The NeighborJustice Leadership Education for At Risk YouthAustinTX$ 3,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsCentral Christian Church of Dade CountyCCC Gables Blended Youth/Young Adults 2023Coral GablesFL$ 3,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsChild Saving InstituteIndependent Living Skills Program at Child Saving InstituteOmahaNE$ 3,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsCo-Heirs With ChristNourishing HOPE in the African Immigrant CommunityLexingtonKY$ 9,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsDamascus Road Christian ChurchA RITE2BEMEGriffinGA$ 8,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsFirst Christian Church, Honolulu, HIOasis CenterHonoluluHI$ 3,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsFirst Christian Church, Benton, KYCAMP AGAPEBentonKY$ 7,500.00
Youth and Young AdultsGalileo Christian ChurchFinn's PlaceWebsite: finnsplacetx.orgFacebook, Instagram, Twiter: @finnsplacetxFort WorthTX$ 4,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsHarmony GrowsStudent Garden Community Outreach ProgramNorth CantonOH$ 1,500.00
Youth and Young AdultsHope Christian ChurchHope ConnectionsHammondIN$ 5,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsIglesia Cristiana Discipulos de CristoSchool of MusicOmahaNE$ 3,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsInternational Love MinistriesTutoring program for refugee studentsCowetaOK$ 3,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsJust Say Know MinistryJust Say Know Ministry Congregational CurriculumSpringTX$ 2,500.00
Youth and Young AdultsMcCarty Memorial Christian ChurchChildren's Defense Fund Freedom SchoolsLos AngelesCA$ 3,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsThe QC Family TreeEnderly Park Young Men's ProjectCharlotteNC$ 2,500.00
Youth and Young AdultsW'ahiawa Christian ChurchLokahi Learning CenterWahiawaHI$ 10,000.00
Youth and Young AdultsWashington Avenue Christian ChurchEmpowering Disenfranchised Youth for Social Justice Activism in Lorain CountyElyriaOH$ 4,000.00
TOTAL$ 174,600.00