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Growing in God’s Mission Grants

Growing in God’s Mission Community Engagement Grant

Growing in God’s Mission Community Engagement Grant Application Information

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 South Carolina Synod congregations to initiate new, meaningful connections and relationships with their community.

Growing in God’s Mission Goal Three

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:

What is God Calling Us to Do?
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 2020 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 2, 2020- February 28, 2021). 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 October 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by the Growing in God’s Mission Grant Committee. Congregations will be notified of their award status by November 1, 2020.

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 October? No problem! There will be another request for proposals in March, 2021.

Growing in God’s Mission Community Engagement Grant Application

Growing in God’s Mission Community Engagement Grant Application

We are over half way to our goal! Join the effort to launch Latino ministry to new levels in South Carolina. Make your gift today.

And, help us reach the $50,000 challenge if at least half of our congregations participate. Click here for more information about how congregations can share this story with your members.

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Contact Information

ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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