Grand Canyon Synod Grants Program

In an effort to steward the gifts this synod has received from the bequests of individuals (Warner Trust Fund), congregations sharing a tithe of a bequest they have received, the sale of closed congregations, grant funds from the West Valley Lutheran Thrift Shop, and allocation of unrestricted gifts to the synod, we are fortunate to have both endowed and temporarily restricted funds to provide grants for new and renewing ministries, and other ministry outreach projects.

Given the challenging economic times we have experienced over the past decade, these resources have been critical leaven to our outreach efforts. They are also a testament of God’s provision in our time of need. In September 2015 we implemented a new Grant Application process to strengthen our mutual stewardship and accountability. Over the past few year this new process has proved beneficial for both the Synod office and the ministries involved. 

Links to the grant application forms for 2018 funding are below. Please note the deadline to submit applications of October 15, 2017. Funding of approved applications begins February 1, 2018.

Thank you for your partnership and your commitment to ministry! 

Eligibility

Grant Categories

There are two categories of grant applications. Please read each description carefully before starting the application process. 

Project Grant
Organized congregations may submit a PROJECT grant for a specific new PROJECT that serves one or more of the following mission goals:

  • Enhancing communication and networking within our Synod
  • Attracting and engaging youth and the young (i.e., Sunday School, youth ministry, or Christian Education with youth, etc.) 
  • Creating cross-cultural experiences
  • Mission Partnership Initiatives (several congregations working in partnership)
  • Special ministries of the Grand Canyon Synod    

Reports to be submitted:

  • Within one year of receiving a Project Support Grant the congregation must submit the GCS Project Report (below).
  • Each congregation must submit the ELCA Annual Congregational Report due in February each year. (Information and instructions to complete this form are provided by Churchwide in December of the previous year.) 

Failure to submit the appropriate report may result in future grant funds being held.

Ministry Program Grant

This grant application is for ministries that are New Starts or a Congregation in Redevelopment and have been previously approved by the Grand Canyon Synod New & Renewing Mission Table to apply for grants.

New Starts Include
Synodically Authorized Worshipping Communities (SAWC’s)
SAWC Explorations
Congregations Under Development (CUD)
Newly Organized Congregations and Special Ministries

Congregations in Redevelopment Include
Congregations that are formally recognized as such by the ELCA Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit (CSM)

Report to be submitted:

  • Each congregation must submit the ELCA Annual Congregational Report due in February each year. (Information and instructions to complete this form are provided by Churchwide in December of the previous year.) 

Failure to submit the appropriate report may result in future grant funds being held.

 

Important Dates/Information

Please note:
*A Grant Letter will be sent to the Contact Person listed on the application; this grant letter must be signed and returned to the Synod office before grant funds will be released.
*Mortgage reduction payments, landscaping, rent or utility requests will not be funded.
*If you have questions regarding the Grant Process or applications please contact Pr. Miguel Gomez-Acosta, Director for Evangelical Mission, or Kim Stevens, Assistant to the Bishop for Administration.

Grant Applications and Instructions

Project Grant
Project Report Form
Ministry Program Grant

Outreach Ministry Funding Opportunities

30211_Live_MissionallyThe Grand Canyon Synod has been blessed with gifts that have allowed the Outreach Grants Program to provide support for projects and ministries within its region of Arizona and portions of Nevada and Utah. Several of the funds have been charitable gifts from individuals out of their love for the Lord and His ministry through the Lutheran Church. Donors who are interested in continuing the mission outreach work of the Synod through gifts establishing a fund in their name should contact Bishop Lowell Almen at the Grand Canyon Synod office.