Growing in God’s Mission

GROWING IN GOD’S MISSION COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GRANT

Request for Applications
The South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is pleased to announce the request for applications for GROWING IN GOD’S MISSION COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GRANT. Because of the generous gifts from congregations in the South Carolina Synod, ELCA to the Growing in God’s Mission appeal, funds are available to SC Synod congregations to initiate new, meaningful connections and relationships with their community.

Growing in God’s Mission Goal 3
Equipping congregations to engage in their communities – joining God at work in the world around us.
Our goal over the next 6-8 years? One hundred new ministries that make a difference!

Congregations should ask the following questions when applying for a grant:

  1. What is God Calling Us to Do?
  2. Who is God Calling Us to Do It With?

HOW THE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS WORKS
Congregation should use the following criteria when applying for a grant:

  1. The ministry must be NEW to the congregation
  2. The NEW ministry must engage the congregation with their community
    The South Carolina Synod Growing in God’s Mission Campaign will distribute $20,000 (to multiple congregations) during the 2018 spring grant cycle. Congregations may apply for grants that will fund a NEW ministry demonstrating their congregation’s engagement with the community and the community need that the ministry will address. Congregations who receive a grant award must implement the new ministry within their community within the year the grant award is received (March 1, 2018- February 28, 2019). Congregations may apply for a grant up to three consecutive years.
    Applications for the GROWING IN GOD’S MISSION COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GRANT should be completed in full for request to be considered. Completed applications are due March 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by the Growing in God’s Mission Grant Committee. Congregations will be notified of their award status by April 1, 2018.

Submit completed applications to:

South Carolina Synod
Growing In God’s Mission Community Engagement Grant
1003 Richland St.
Columbia, SC 29201

Please contact Melanie Wessinger, Growing in God’s Mission Grant Committee Chair, with questions regarding the grant application process. Melanie may be reached by email pwessinger@aol.com or 864-616-1725.

Concerned your congregation won’t be ready to submit an application by March? No problem! There will be another request for proposals in the October 2018.

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Growing in God’s Mission Community Engagement Grant Application – Spring 2018

Growing in God’s Mission Community Engagement Grant Application – Spring 2018


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Growing in God’s Mission Community Engagement Grant Cover Letter – Spring 2018

Growing in God’s Mission Community Engagement Grant Cover Letter – Spring 2018

The South Carolina Synod’s “Growing in God’s Mission” campaign was launched to fund important ways to strengthen ministry within and beyond the synod. Through generosity and imagination the appeal reach and exceeded its financial goal of $1,750,000!

As of February 1, 2015, pledges, gifts received and “pledges/gifts receivable” totaled $1,799,556. Plus through the campaign, donors have contributed and additional $102,138 for “Safe Water Tanzania,” an addition to the five original goals of the appeal.

The South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is pleased to announce this request for applications for GROWING IN GOD’S MISSION COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GRANT. Because of the generous gifts from congregations in the South Carolina Synod, ELCA to the Growing in God’s Mission appeal, funds are available to South Carolina Synod congregations to initiate new, meaningful connections and relationships with their community.

The Growing In God’s Mission Community Engagement Grant committee awarded grants to the following congregations during the 2017 Spring Grant cycle:

  • Crossroads Lutheran Church-Summer Ministry program
  • Multiple Midland Congregations-Faith Formation experiences for people with disabilities
  • Orangeburg Lutheran-Community Garden
  • Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran-Community Soup Kitchen
  • St. Andrews Lutheran-Homeless Family Ministry