Our synod’s Discipleship Team is offering grants to congregations in our synod to begin new efforts that will strengthen discipleship. Proposals are due by April 1, 2019. The application is below. If you have any questions, you may contact Ron Fairchild, Discipleship Team Leader.

Catalyst Grant Application

The Discipleship Team of the Delaware-Maryland Synod works to empower and support congregations in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities. We believe that in this rapidly changing world, it is important for each congregation to prayerfully discern, articulate, and act on its unique mission and ministry as it is called by God. With that focus in mind, we are dedicating funds from our synod’s Forward in Faith capital campaign for the purpose of providing grants to congregations to strengthen discipleship. These Catalyst Grants are designed to help congregations jumpstart a new action plan and/or test an innovative idea for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We anticipate providing Catalyst Grants to approximately 6-10 congregations in our synod this year. These grants will provide seed funding for new efforts and as such are not intended to sustain ongoing projects, support endowment funds, reduce deficits, or cover core operating expenses such as salaries. The purpose of these grants is to help congregations launch ministries and programs that are outward-facing and demonstrate God’s love in their neighborhoods in new and creative ways.

Catalyst Grants will fund no more than 50% of the total cost of a new project and our synod’s maximum total contribution for any single project will be $10,000. We anticipate that successful applicants will demonstrate how funds from our synod will be matched and sustained by other resources generated by congregations. We do not anticipate making additional grants to support the same project in subsequent years. Catalyst Grants are available to any congregation committed and rooted in the ministry of our Delaware-Maryland Synod and our shared effort to discerning God’s plan.

● Proposals for the first round of funding are due by April 1, 2019. Please submit all proposal materials through this form. Funding decisions will be made by June 1, 2019. We anticipate that congregations will receive funds and begin work by July 1, 2019.

● If funding remains available, we anticipate opening another round of proposal submissions in July of 2019. Grants will be awarded competitively on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds allocated for this purpose from Forward in Faith are awarded.

● We anticipate assigning one member of the discipleship team to serve as a liaison to each congregation that receives a grant for the purpose of sharing successes and lessons learned across our synod. Our desire is to share information about grant-funded projects in publications, videos, and other materials produced by our synod.
● All congregations that receive Catalyst Grants will be expected to complete a midpoint and final project report describing the impact of the project and how funds were expended.
  • Your congregation's approach to discipleship

    Please briefly answer the following questions (200-word limit for each)
  • Project description

    Please describe your proposed project in no more than 1,000 words. Be sure to address the following questions:
    ● What do you plan to accomplish for the sake of Gospel of Jesus Christ?
    ● How will you measure the success of the effort?
    ● What do you anticipate learning and sharing with other congregations in our synod?
  • Grant request

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Other information

  • This letter, written on the congregation’s letterhead, should be signed by the lead pastor(s), council president, and one lay leader who will be involved in the project. The letter should indicate both awareness of and support for the proposed project.
  • Space to attach additional materials below
  • Please include one letter of support from an organization or individual outside of the congregation that could speak to the value of the project in the neighborhood or the impact it could have for the sake of the Gospel.
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