NBA Announces Fall 2021 Mission & Ministry Grantees

Logos of the Fall 2021 Mission & Ministry Grant recipients.
Logos of the Fall 2021 Mission & Ministry Grant recipients.

The National Benevolent Association is proud to announce its Fall 2021 Mission & Ministry Grantees. NBA’s Mission & Ministry Grants program granted a total of $185,500 to 35 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; grant funds have now been distributed to selected projects.

“I am extremely excited to be a part of an organization that recognizes the unique contributions of ministries that serve as the hands and feet of Yeshua in urban, suburban, and rural communities,” says NBA Board of Trustees Chair and Grant Committee member Rev. Orlando Scott. “One of the ministry programs that excite me this year is the Global Arts and Theology Experience. As a girl dad and an artist, The Black Girl Magic Academy encourages me. Their goal of empowering young women theologically and socially to understand themselves, gives me hope that we are developing leaders that will guide us in the 21st century.”

This year’s grantees are located across 16 Disciples regions. Of the 35 selected projects, 16 are focused on at-risk children and youth; 11 are focused on older adults; and eight are intergenerational, serving both communities. NBA is also proud that three organizations that were part of our inaugural Social Entrepreneurship Cohort received grants. The grants team was also able to grant funds to 10 organizations and congregations that previously received COVID-19 NBA Response Grants.

As the NBA deepens its internal equity work, we are also focused on being more inclusive and representative of the diverse Disciples congregations and organizations in the denomination. We recognize that in communities of color, systemic needs are often greater. This year, more than half of our grants went to projects that will benefit Black, Asian, and Hispanic communities. The projects are working to provide care in diverse, ethnic communities, including places where English is not the first language.

Ethnic distribution of Fall 2021 Mission & Ministry Grant funds.

“As the NBA actively and intentionally lives into the values of belonging, equity, inclusion, and diversity we understand that part of the work is to interrogate our internal processes and systems to align our work and our values. With the Mission and Ministry grants this means examining everything from the application process to the communication process, to the review and evaluation process,” says Executive Vice President and Grants Committee member Rev. Rebecca Hale. “It also means understanding inherent equity issues in what it means to be a funder because it is possible to end up serving the problems of inequity instead of helping to make real change.”

See the full list of grantees below and stay tuned for stories from some of the grantees throughout 2022.

Fall 2021 Mission & Ministry Grant Recipients

PurposeOrganization NameProject TitleCityStateAward
Youth/Young AdultCamp SunflowerCamp Sunflower ExpansionWichitaKS5000
Youth/Young AdultCasa de Oracion de FullertonThe 4 Pillars of a Healthy LifeFullertonCA4000
Youth/Young AdultDisciples Christian ChurchCommunity Cultural Arts Youth CenterCleveland HeightsOH6000
Youth/Young AdultFirst Christian Church Blue MoundActive Bodies. Active Minds.Blue MoundIL5000
Youth/Young AdultFirst Christian Church McAllenRecipes 4 LifeMcAllenTX3000
Youth/Young AdultFirst Christian Church PrincetonImpacting the Future by Growing Leaders Through Adventure and ServicePrincetonKY4000
Youth/Young AdultFirst Christina Church Texas CityBlue Theology Mission SiteTexas CityTX3000
Youth/Young AdultGlobal Arts and Theology ExperienceBlack Girl Magic AcademyAustinTX5000
Youth/Young AdultNew Vision Christian ChurchLiving Your Destiny Mentoring MinistryFort WorthTX2500
Youth/Young AdultPeniel MinistriesA Gathering PlaceGreshamOR7000
Youth/Young AdultSouthern Christian Services for Children and YouthTrauma Education for Immigrant Mexican and Guatemalan Children and YouthJacksonMS5000
Youth/Young AdultThe Keep It Together ProjectThe KIT Project "Be YourSELf"HoustonTX4000
Youth/Young AdultUnleashing PotentialExperience STEMSt. LouisMO5000
Youth/Young AdultWalking On Water Christian ChurchWOW social communion worship program for youth with developmental disorders.ClaremontCA5000
Youth/Young AdultYale Avenue Christian ChurchLiving an Ethical Life in a Ever Changing WorldTulsaOK1500
Youth/Young AdultYedidyah Christian ChurchCreating a Community Through Music for YouthNorwalkCA2500
Older Adult MinistriesCentral Christian Church Disciples of ChristFood for the Soul: Community Connection and Food Ministry ProjectNew AlbanyIN10000
Older Adult MinistriesChristian Care CommunitiesCreating Healthy Memories in MotionLouisvilleKY4000
Older Adult MinistriesDaytona Beach Drive-In Christian ChurchDaytona Beach 50+ Recovery MinistryDaytona BeachFL5000
Older Adult MinistriesJourney of Faith Christian Church New West Willow Neighborhood Association (NWWNA) Health and Wellness InitiativeAnn ArborMI10000
Older Adult MinistriesMain Street Christian Church L's Angels: Lunching, Learning, Laughing, Listening and LollygaggingWinchesterIN5000
Older Adult MinistriesOklahoma Family Empowerment CenterCOVID Connections, Compassion and Care for SeniorsTulsaOK7000
Older Adult MinistriesRock Bridge Christian ChurchOlder Adult Ministries of Mid-AmericaColumbiaMO5000
Older Adult MinistriesSallims ChurchSallims Senior Community FellowshipNewport BeachCA7000
Older Adult MinistriesThe Devoted Life MinistriesThe Reset: A Weekly Video Devotion for Mind & SpiritMount HollyNC3000
Older Adult MinistriesThe United Church UCC-DOCTurning The Tables Towards Mental WellnessSt. AugustineFL4500
Older Adult MinistriesWilshire Korean Christian ChurchProviding education and health program for seniorsLos AngelesCA3500
IntergenerationalFirst Christian Church KatyCommunity Food PantryKatyTX5000
IntergenerationalIglesia Cristiana Emmanuel, D.C.A Whole New WorldSan BenitoTX2500
IntergenerationalIglesia Cristiana en NashvilleProviding education, transportation, vaccine awareness, and providing support to schoolsAntiochTN5000
IntergenerationalLoving Jesus Christian ChurchGood Samaritan ActivitesSouth PasadenaCA4000
IntergenerationalMy SupaNatural LifeProject: THRIVELos AngelesCA7000
IntergenerationalNew Direction Christian ChurchInside Out Business Incubator 4 the Heart & SoulMemphisTN15000
IntergenerationalNew Hope United Christian ChurchNHUCC Helping Hands MinistryCarthageMS7500
IntergenerationalThe Dreamkeepers Coalition, Inc.The Dreamkeepers YouthLEAD Project (Leadership, Social-Emotional, Academics, Personal Development)LawrencevilleGA8000