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:

  1. Discipleship
  2. Mission
  3. Revitalization

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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)

  1. Revitalization

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.

Albany Synod Ministries Board Grant Application

1. Applicant

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2. Contact Information

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3. Type of Grant Requested, indicate one category:
Discipleship, Mission, or Revitalization

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4.Grant Financial Details

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Will the grant be requested for a second year?

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If yes, identify anticipated amount for a second year request (if no, enter "n/a"):

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Classes and churches submitting a grant request for second year funding will be required to provide an evaluation of the ministry supported by the original grant.

5. Ministry Information

Please tell us the purpose of this grant. Use the box below to answer the following questions:
How will this effort enhance your ministry to others?
How will you evaluate the effectiveness of this effort?
List the total cost involved and identify all sources of funding including the amount of this grant.
Please summarize your current budget for this project.
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6. Consistory Approval (If applicable)

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Please provide the name of the President and Clerk:
If no vote took place, enter "n/a" for all three boxes.

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Please have your president or clerk contact the Regional Synod of Albany to indicate approval. Email Abby at nortonlevering@gmail.com or call us at 518-374-4573

7. Classis Approval (Required for all grants)

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Identify any Classis Committee suggestions:
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Please have your committtee chair or clerk contact the Regional Synod of Albany to indicate approval. Email Abby at nortonlevering@gmail.com or call us at 518-374-4573



The Albany Synod Ministries Board will contact you regarding the approval or denial of this grant request.
In the event of denial, you may provide more information and reapply.
Thank you for your application!

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