NBA Grants More Than $170,000 to Fall 2023 Mission & Ministry Grantees

The National Benevolent Association is proud to announce its Fall 2023 Mission & Ministry Grantees. In this cycle, NBA’s Mission & Ministry Grants program provided a total of $174,420 to 32 Disciples projects and ministries working with older adults, children, and youth. With this cycle complete, this brings NBA’s granting total to $349,020 for 2023.

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 Grants have granted more than $1.5 million to ministries that support disenfranchised youth and older adults.

“It has been incredible to watch the Mission & Ministry Grants program grow in the way it has,” reflects Kara Whitehouse, who has overseen this work since its inception and was promoted to Grant Management Coordinator at the beginning of 2023. “What I love most about this work, is the deliberation process with the committee that gets to review the applications. I am always inspired by the creative projects and work being done across the Disciples denomination and I’m grateful NBA is committed to financially supporting this work with youth, young adults, and older adults.”

This round of grantees represents 15 states and Disciples regions. This group is also comprised of 16 ministries that are receiving Mission & Ministry Grants from NBA for the first time. Overall, in 2023 we awarded grants to 72 ministries across 26 Disciples regions.

Due to the success and impact of our Mission & Ministry Grants program, we launched two other granting opportunities this year that support Disciples young adults looking to develop their leadership skills and an opportunity for our Health & Social Service Partners looking to take their ministries to new heights.

Granting at NBA exists to accompany, empower, and support health and social service ministries and leaders as they boldly enact visions of compassion and care. The NBA does this in several ways:

  1. Funding opportunities for ministries
  2. Providing support for young adult leadership development
  3. Creating comprehensive grants education and accessible resources

It’s this model that has allowed us to expand both our Mission & Ministry Grant offerings and other grant offerings over the last few years.

See the full list of Fall 2023 Mission & Ministry grantees below. We look forward to sharing stories from all our grant areas in the coming months!

Purpose AreaOrganization NameProject NameCityStateAmount Awarded
Youth & Young AdultAll Peoples Community CenterAPCC After-School "Tomorrow's Leaders" Program - Math and Reading Tutoring ProgramLos AngelesCA $ 6,000.00
Youth & Young AdultCentral Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Scripture & S.T.E.A.M. Program for Children and Youth grades-12.HuntingtonWV $ 4,000.00
Youth & Young AdultDisciples Christian ChurchDance Studio and dance programmingCleveland HeightsOH $ 3,500.00
Youth & Young AdultFirst Christian Church-HuntsvilleBlue Theology for AppalachiaHuntsvilleTX $ 5,000.00
Youth & Young AdultFirst Christian Church-PrincetonHealing At-Risk Youth and the Environment through Creation Care ProgramPrincetonKY $ 4,200.00
Youth & Young AdultGood Grief Now!Creative Expressions for Navigating GriefIndianapolisIN $ 10,000.00
Youth & Young AdultOhio VoiceFreedom SchoolColumbusOH $ 8,000.00
Youth & Young AdultRebuilding Broken Places CDCProject YESS Greenleaf Alpha Arms Afterschool ProgramGoldsboroNC $ 5,000.00
Youth & Young AdultRiverside Avenue Christian ChurchS.T.E.M.S. KidsJacksonvilleFL $ 5,000.00
Youth & Young AdultThe Cleveland Christian Home Inc.Fostering Restorative Care and Normalcy for Youth in Residential CareClevelandOH $ 5,000.00
Youth & Young AdultUnited Campus Ministry of Greater HoustonThe Pocket Pantry is a basic needs pantry for collegesHoustonTX $ 12,000.00
Older Adult MinistryBeloved Christian Church Compassion Practice+San DiegoCA $ 4,000.00
Older Adult MinistryCentral Christian Church Inc.Food for the Soul: Community Connection and Food Ministry ProjectNew AlbanyIN $ 3,100.00
Older Adult MinistryFirst Christian Church-ChanuteTo provide weekly worship services and trishaw rides to residents of long care residential facilites and to expand these experiences to other churches in the region.ChanuteKS $ 5,000.00
Older Adult MinistryFirst Christian Church-GlasgowFCC Ramp MinistryGlasgowKY $ 5,000.00
Older Adult MinistryFirst Christian Church-GreenvilleSavoring Seniority: SOUL Food part 2GreenvilleSC $ 4,000.00
Older Adult MinistryFirst Christian Church-MonongahelaMeeting The Needs Of Seniors In the Monongahela ValleyMonongahelaPA $ 4,000.00
Older Adult MinistryFirst Christian Church-PrincetonMemory Cafe at FCCPrincetonIL $ 2,000.00
Older Adult MinistryFlorence Christian Church Disciples of ChristFresh Start Shower MinistryFlorenceKY $ 5,000.00
Older Adult MinistryGlen Oak Christian ChurchHands-on Outreach involving Seniors who prepare 1800 Weekend Snack PacksPeoriaIL $ 5,000.00
Older Adult MinistryIsaiah 58 MinistriesIsaiah 58 Ministries Health and Wellness ProgramSaint LouisMO $ 5,000.00
Older Adult MinistryJust Love Your NeighborPrepare and deliver weekly hot meals to struggling households.CovingtonLA $ 4,000.00
Older Adult MinistryMain Street Christian Church dba Countryside Christian ChurchL's Angels: Learning, Lunching, Listening, Laughing and LollygaggingWinchesterIN $ 3,000.00
Older Adult MinistryNew Direction Christian Church Community Outreach MinistryFellowship in Love with our Elderly members, homeless/sick people.MemphisTN $ 5,000.00
Older Adult MinistryWalk in the Light Christian Church, Inc.To launch and support "The Well" Senior Activity Center.IndianapolisIN $ 7,500.00
IntergenerationalBethany Memorial ChurchBlack Identity and Developing Young Black Leaders in West VirginiaBethanyWV $ 16,620.00
IntergenerationalFirst Christian Church-BellefontaineExploring opportunities for older adults to mentor at-risk youth/familiesBellefontaineOH $ 2,000.00
IntergenerationalFirst Christian Church-McAllenAdopt an Angel MinistryMcAllenTX $ 5,000.00
IntergenerationalMosaic Christian ChurchThe WHOLE Initiative (Whole Health Opportunities for Life Enrichment)PeoriaIL $ 7,500.00
IntergenerationalNew Galilee Christian ChurchGalilee Chrisitian Church Youth EmpowermentHolly Hill SC $ 6,000.00
IntergenerationalNew Union Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)New & Old Bricks: Living Stones Work Better TogetherVersaillesKY $ 5,000.00