National Benevolent Association Mission and Ministry Grant Program: 20 Projects Funded to Support Older Adults and At-Risk Children and Youth in 2018-19

2018-19 NBA Mission and Ministry Grantees
2018-19 NBA Mission and Ministry Grantees

For the second year of the Mission and Ministry Grants Program, the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is granting a total of $157,900 to 20 Disciples projects and ministries working with older adults and at-risk children and youth.

In June 2017, the NBA announced the launch of this new grant program, making purpose-restricted funds available for distribution through grants to Disciples congregations and health and social service ministries. In 2018, the NBA Grants Committee accepted and evaluated applications through the fall, and grant funds are now being distributed to selected projects.

This year’s grantees are located across 13 Disciples regions. Of the 20 selected projects, nine are focused on at-risk children and youth; six are focused on older adults; and five are intergenerational, serving both communities. Eight of these grantees also received Mission and Ministry Grant funds from NBA last year.

“We continue to be impressed with the grant applications we receive, from an increasing number of congregations and ministries across the life of the church,” says Mark D. Anderson, NBA President and CEO.  “We are so grateful for these Disciples and the positive impact they are having on their communities, and it’s our honor and privilege to continue investing in health and social service ministry through this grant program.”

Read about the second cohort of grantees and their projects below! We look forward to sharing a spotlight on each ministry with more project details starting in January, with updates to come from grantees throughout the year.

Find frequently asked questions and more information about the NBA Mission and Ministry Grant Program at The 2019 application will be available by summer 2019. For additional questions, please email

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About the National Benevolent Association
As the health and social services general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the National Benevolent Association partners with congregations, regions, general ministries, and a variety of Disciples-related health and social service providers to create communities of compassion and care. Founded in 1887 by six women responding to the needs of the day and on their doorsteps, for more than 130 years the NBA has continued to serve “the least of these.” For more information, visit