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 was established to respond to this donor’s generosity.
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 for such things as ongoing operating expenses or capital improvements. Direct ministries that receive funds from the church budget will be eligible to apply.
We have moved to one grant application period each year rather than two and only one award will be given to a church within a 24-month period. This change occurred following the Fall 2016 grant cycle, therefore recipients of grants in Spring 2016 are eligible to apply.
Significant changes which were made to the application criteria for the 2017 grant cycle are as follows:
- Applications will only be accepted from ministries of an American Baptist Church in good standing with their Region. Applications will not be accepted for cooperatives or churches that are working with other non-ABC organizations on a project.
- The Region Office will be asked to confirm that applicants are in good standing with the Region.
- Regions will no longer be eligible for Matthew 25 Grant consideration.
- The Discernment Team will consider the following when reviewing applications for grant awards: whether the church is in good standing with the region; whether the church contributes to United Mission; number of and amounts of previous Matthew 25 Grants received; sustainability of ministry beyond Matthew 25 Grant funding; description of ministry and needs addressed by funding; and the budget and supporting documents submitted along with the application.
Materials for the 2018 cycle will be available July 1, 2018, with a September 1, 2018 deadline.
If you have questions about the Matthew 25 Grant, please contact Tina Turner at Tina.Turner@abc-usa.org.