Church Creative Mission and Ministry Grants

Church Creative Mission and Ministry grants help Arizona Disciples churches fund transformation processes and ventures that engage the congregation’s surrounding communities to address poverty and/or systemic injustice/s.

These grants are made possible through legacy gifts from Beryl Meritt. We are grateful for her dedication to new mission and ministry in Arizona.

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Past Grantees

Sol Food Initiatives

From Saguaro Christian Church the Sol Food Initiatives "is called to eliminate food insecurity on the East Side of Tucson" through a community kitchen which "[brokers] relationships in order to increase the efficacy and reach of already successful programs, launch pilot initiatives at low overhead thresholds, and explore new approaches to food insecurity".

Community Loans

Chalice Christian Church has partnered with local assistance agencies and First Credit Union in downtown Chandler to provide an alternative to high interest predatory loans. Chalice Community Loans seek to break the cycle of borrowing and renewal created by these predatory loans by offering low interest, low fee $500 loans. Borrowers are supported through financial coaching and the Chalice community.

Casa Builders

Larkspur Christian Church partners with Comunidad Familiar Cristiana to build houses in Nogales, Mexico for low-income families. Their work brings together church volunteers, local businesses, and those in need to provide a stable, safe place to live.

The San Francisco Night Ministry

Templo Cristiano Central is launching a community based Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. The program will be a satellite of The San Francisco Night Ministry and will concentrate on offering Spanish language Latinx training.

Healthy Packs Program

First Christian Church Scottsdale participates in the Healthy Packs Program which feed's more than 400 elementary school aged children in Scottsdale every weekend. This grant will be used to help expand the program to middle school aged children through food gift cards.

T.E.E. Center - Community Kickoff Event

Iglesia Alas de Salvacion (ADS) is extending their outreach to meet the ever growing and changing needs of our surrounding community due to poverty and injustice, ADS Church has established the T.E.E. Center. This ADS ministry will work to Transform, Equip, and Empower individuals, families and community through educational opportunities and immediate support in times of crisis.

Growing Seeds Inc.

Templo Cristiano Central's Growing Seeds Inc. educational program teaches and develops music skills in children, young people, and adults. The program seeks to teach a lifelong skill, engage young people in the ministry of music, and create future leaders in the church. Students are furnished with instruments, staff paper notebooks, and other accessories.

Annual Multi Cultural Festival

Foothills’ Annual Multi Cultural Festival is an outreach event designed to engage the community in cultural exchange and education. The program serves not only as a means to foster cultural exploration, but an outlet to celebrate the diversity in our community. Through the sharing of cross cultural, art, music, crafts, food and dance, we hope to provide a platform for strengthening of relationships among all groups.

Grant Schedule

Church Creative Mission and Ministry Grants will be available through 2019. Applications will be accepted in six (6) rounds outlined below.

2018

Round 1

Applications received in the Regional Office no later than July 31

Decision, notification, and disbursements by September 30

Round 2

Applications received in the Regional Office no later than October 31

Decision, notification, and disbursements by September November 30

2019

Round 3

Applications received in the Regional Office no later than March 1

Decision, notification, and disbursements by March 31

Round 5

Applications received in the Regional Office no later than October 1

Decision, notification, and disbursements by October 31

Round 4

Applications received in the Regional Office no later than July 1

Decision, notification, and disbursements by July 31

Round 6

Applications received in the Regional Office no later than January 1

Decision, notification, and disbursements by January 31

Purpose of Grants

Church Creative Mission and Ministry grants are made to congregations in covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Arizona. Grants help support Arizona congregations in reaching out to others in creative mission and ministry. These resources are dedicated for new transformational processes, and ventures that engage the congregation in their surrounding communities to address poverty and/or systemic injustice. Church Creative Mission and Ministry grant awards typically do not exceed $2,500 in a one-year period and are often seed funds for new projects. Congregations can submit for subsequent or greater support, to be considered and evaluated by the grant committee.

Applicants

Eligibility for Church Creative Mission and Ministry grants are limited to congregations in covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Arizona.

Requirements

The application package must include:

  • Completed Grant Application form.
  • A detailed description of the proposed program/activity, including a statement about the aims and purposes of the project; a rationale for the project; the target audience/constituency; and statistical or authoritative evidence indicating how the program/activity matches with the stated purposes of the Church Creative Mission and Ministry grant.
  • A detailed program budget showing income and expenses projected for the project, including other identified sources of funding.
  • A summary of how the outcomes will be assessed and measured.
  • A list of staff and other principals who will be involved.
  • A process (financial internal controls) for handling the award.

The application package must be limited to three pages or less. Only requests that fulfill the application requirements will be considered.

Grant applications must be received in the Regional Office by 4:00 p.m. on the due date. Due dates for each round of grant can be found at http://azdisciples.org/church-cmf-grant/.  Grantees will be notified of awards and funding schedules within one month of the grant application deadline.  Please send to: Christian Church in Arizona, 917 E. Sheridan Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006 or email to region@azdisciples.org

Conditions

Grants offered are subject to your agreement to:

  • Provide written acknowledgement of receipt of payment/s of grant funds.
  • Use the grant funds only as specified in the approved grant proposal.
  • Refrain from use of the funds for any purposes prohibited by law.
  • Maintain records to show and account for the uses of grant funds.
  • Comply with reasonable requests for information about program activities.
  • Allow the Christian Church in Arizona access to records to verify grant expenditures.
  • Repay any portion of the funds not used for the specified purposes.
  • Cooperate with any efforts of the Christian Church in Arizona to publicize the grant award.
  • Provide a written summaryand photos (with consent and release)showingcommunity impact of theprojectsix months after receipt of the grant.
  • Meet additional terms and conditions specified in any addendum as part of award acceptance.