SMB Grant Application
Synod Ministries Board Grant Information
Albany Synod Ministries Board provides grants to classes and congregations exploring ways to live out God’s mission in their communities and world.
The purpose of the Synod Ministries Board is to provide resources for the healing and nurture of member congregations so that they might live out God’s mission in their communities and world.
Grants are available in three areas:
The following guidelines apply to all grants:
- The grant requested must be matched by the applicant.
- Applicants must list all other funding requested for this grant.
- Grants must be submitted one month prior to consideration by SMB.
- Applicants receiving a grant will be required to provide an evaluation of the ministry supported by this grant.
- Grants requiring funding for more than one year will be asked to reapply each year.
- Funding is limited. In the event that the Regional Synod Grant Account is exhausted for the year, or nearly so, preferential granting will be given to first time applicants.
Grants for new staff and minister salary support requires a matching grant from that church’s classis.
Please review the following grant descriptions areas. If you have any questions contact the Synod Ministries Coordinator before applying.
- Discipleship Grants
Discipleship grants help classes and congregations identify, develop, and encourage both layperson and clergy skilled leadership to answer Christ’s call to discipleship. A single event or short‐term grant up to $500 is available for leadership development. (Examples‐preaching elders, youth and education leaders, conflict mediation, CRTC course work, clergy continuing education and sabbatical support) Two‐ year grants up to $2000 total are available to congregations for expenses related to new staffing and minister salary support.
- Mission Ministry Grants
Mission ministry grants are available to help classes and congregations develop new diaconal ministries that reach out to those in need and connect with others outside our church walls. A single event or short‐term grant up to $500 is available to support new diaconal ministries and outreach.
(Examples‐Stop Hunger Now, food pantries, mission trips, energy audits and conservation and not eating alone program) Two‐year grants up to $2000 total are available to support new diaconal ministries and outreach.
(Examples‐ Stephen’s Ministries, after‐school programs, Kid’s Hope USA, and relocation of refugees)
Revitalization grants are available to help classes and congregations become healthier and re‐imagine and re‐vision their mission and ministry. A single event or short‐term grant up to $500, and two‐year grants up to $2000 total are available to support processes and programs. (Examples‐ Appreciative inquiry, conflict mediation and the pastoral residency program)
The Ridder Church Renewal Process has a separate grant form and is not included in this application form. Contact the Synod Ministries Coordinator for details.
The grant approval process has a rolling deadline. Grants submitted before the end of any month can expect a response before the 15th of the next month.