Matthew 25 Grant Information
American Baptist Churches USA’s Matthew 25 Grant is designed to channel gifts to help meet the needs of “housing, feeding, education and health with regard to the less fortunate.” The Grant was created through the monetary gifts of a generous donor whose primary wish is to help ameliorate poverty. The ABCUSA Matthew 25 Grant fund has been established to respond to this donor’s generosity.
Beginning this fall, we will be moving to one grant application period each year rather than two. Completed applications are due September 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2017. To qualify for a grant, the applicant is required to be in a direct relationship with ABCUSA. Due to the limited funds available, the application process is competitive, with grants being awarded to ministries that best exemplify the goal of helping to end poverty. A committee reviews the applications and makes the awards, and will consider only one application per ministry/church in a 24-month period.
The application process is structured to help small ministries with limited staff time. Each applicant will need to complete the form, explain the need for and uses of the awarded funds, submit a budget for the ministry, and finally complete a report with stipulations detailing progress and outcomes related to the use of the grant. As the donor has asked that the funds be used to directly assist impoverished persons, staff positions will not be funded through this grant. Grant funds may not be used to supplement the church budget, although direct ministries that receive funds from the church budget will be eligible to apply.
An application form will be available and applications will be accepted beginning on July 1, 2017. Applications will be due on September 1, 2017. All applications must be submitted electronically to Tina.Turner@abc-usa.org.
If you have questions about the Matthew 25 Grant, please contact Tina Turner at Tina.Turner@abc-usa.org.