Grants

The Minnesota Conference UCC has a number of grant opportunities for qualified congregations, individuals, and events.

Ashley Fund

2017 Congregation Micro-Grants

The Minnesota Conference UCC Board of Directors has approved use of up to $10,000 for congregation micro-grants of $200-$700 from the Ashley Endowment Fund. Grants must support the congregation’s ministry and work with children, youth and/or families.

Guidelines:
1. Congregations are limited to only one grant and may not be used in conjunction with other MN Conference UCC grants.
2. The grants are for the conference fiscal year (October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017).
3. The micro-grant range is limited to $200-$700.
4. Grants will only be given to Minnesota Conference UCC congregations.
5. Priority is given to faith formation events and programs centered around:

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_____• Multiple congregation involvement (one grant per event, not congregation)
_____• Children, youth and/or family specific program

6. Application deadline is rolling (grants available until the micro-grant funds are depleted).
7. Notification of grant and amount will be done within two weeks of receiving the application. Grant checks will be sent after a request and confirmation of the program within one month of the program or event.
8. Creativity is encouraged!

To Apply: Download the 2016 Ashley Congregation Micro-Grants Application and submit to zacn@uccmn.org or mail to the Conference office.

 

 2017 Youth & Intergenerational Mission/Service Trip Grants

The Minnesota Conference UCC Board of Directors has approved $25,000 from the Ashley Endowment for youth and intergenerational mission/service trips for the 2017 program year.

Guidelines:
1. Congregations are limited to only one grant and may not be used in conjunction with other MN Conference UCC grants.
2. The grants are for the conference fiscal year (October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017).
3. Grants will be given for up to $75 per youth participant (grant amounts may include adult leaders for youth trips, but not adult participants for intergenerational trips).
4. Grants will be doubled (up to $150 per youth participant) if attending Youth Mission Week at Pilgrim Point Camp in Alexandria, MN.
5. Applications are due by Friday, December 30, 2016 – applications received after the deadline may receive grant dollars if funds are still available. Notification of grant amounts will come two weeks after the deadline.

Grants are determined by the total requested, the number of churches applying and the overall trip budget. Priority is given to congregations using grant funds to attend Mission Week at Pilgrim Point Camp. 

To Apply: Download the 2017 Youth & Intergenerational Mission/Service Trip Grant Application and submit to zacn@uccmn.org or mail to the Conference office.

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Minneapolis Fund

The purpose of this grant is to assist and increase the number of UCC congregations that may be sites for the required fieldwork of a ministry student. Any United Church of Christ church that is located within the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ is eligible for this grant.

To Apply: Submit a proposal by September 8th to the Committee on Ministry of the Minnesota Conference, according to the Application for the Minneapolis Fund Grant.

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New Initiatives Fund

Created in 2012, the New Initiatives Fund encourages experimentation and innovation throughout the Conference, in keeping with our core values of ‘innovation’ and ‘empowerment.’

Eligibility:
• Applicant must be a recognized ministry of the Conference, which includes Conference Board, Annual meeting, committees, work groups, teams, staff and churches.
• Applicants may receive only one grant per calendar year.
• Applicants who are part of a multi-entity collaboration receiving a grant, such as a multi-church collaboration, are also eligible to receive their own grant.

To Apply:
Review the New Initiatives Fund 2016 Grant Guidelines
• Fill out the 2016 New Initiatives Fund Grant Application

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Peace Fund

Funded by the Conference portion of the Justice and Witness/Peace Offering (generally taken on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday), a Peace Fund Grant may be applied for by any congregation or coalition of congregations and community organizations. Applicants must follow the Peace Fund Grant Policies.

To Apply:
JW Team Peace Fund application 2016
For amounts up to $400, fill out the Short Form Grant Application.
• For amounts between $401 and $2,500, fill out the Common Grant Application.