Being called by God to serve others may be the easy part but coming up with the start-up costs desperately needed to follow one’s calling can be tough. Fortunately, there are several religious organizations that provide grant funding to make creating a new ministry possible. Grants are mainly focused toward youth and campus ministry projects. If you are considering starting a ministry from scratch or are already attempting to renew a struggling program, consider these sources for funding that might just help you out.
Campus Ministry Grants
The Episcopal Church offers two types of grants to fund youth and college campus ministry programs each and every school year. Leadership Grants are two-year grants that provide $20,000 to $30,000 in funding to start a new or revive an older campus ministry program. Those selected are automatically reconsidered for future funding cycles. Smaller Campus Ministry Grants provide between $3,000 and $5,000 for the same purposes. The annual deadline to apply is August 15. Click the link above to visit the church’s website to download an application form or contact Mission Director Sam McDonald via this contact request.
Catholic Health Initiatives Grants
This organization was founded in 1996. It has awarded almost $47 million in funding towards mission and ministry grants in this short time. Grants are awarded to fund community programs and range in size from $1,000 to $100,000 each. They are provided for projects and planning efforts and should target disadvantaged populations. Grants are also awarded to implement violence prevention initiatives. For more information, fill out this contact form to send a message to CHI staff.
Vibrant Faith Grants
Based out of Minneapolis, Vibrant Faith Ministries offers grant funding for ministries and congregations looking to create transformational change within their churches. In addition, to monetary support, this ministry also offers mentoring from ministry leaders and other resources. Visit their website to download grant guidelines and a grant application. Contact Dr. Paul Hill for more information by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young People’s Ministries Grants
This Methodist organization was created to support youth ministries and programs created by young people to spread the world of God. Applications are only accepted from United Methodist churches located inside the United States. Grants are awarded for up to $15,000. The annual deadline to apply for this grant is June 1. For more information, call toll-free 1-877-899-2780 or send an email to email@example.com.
If you want to start a new ministry program and can’t find proper financial resources to do so, don’t be afraid to approach local churches and faith-based non-profit organizations based in your area. Many religious organizations are eager to support growing ministries. All you may have to do is simply ask. When following God’s plan for your life, don’t be afraid to ask others to help you along this path. You might be surprised to find out that many others just like you are called to service. And helping another ministry may be just the thing they are willing to lend a helping hand to.