In 1997, the Metropolitan Chicago Synod created a mission endowment fund for the purpose of assisting congregations to energize and extend the reach of their mission. The primary purpose of these grants is to stimulate creative approaches to evangelical outreach, or invitational evangelism. Congregations that have previously received funding may, after a year, apply for one follow-up grant for the same project. Congregations may only receive one grant per calendar year.
The form is designed for clarity and consistency in the requests. More importantly, it emphasizes that strong preference will be given to the requests that are part of an integrated mission plan emphasizing the importance of a comprehensive vision built around the intersection of:
Although individual grant applications may focus on only one or two of these mission principals, in making awards, preference will be given to congregations that see this grant request as part of an integrated mission plan.
It is also important to remember that these are PARTNERSHIP GRANTS. Grant applications will be accepted for up to $20,000 and must reflect a congregational commitment both to the project and to the mission of the whole Church.
Grant requests are evaluated by the Fund for Mission Board. This board consists of 8-12 members chosen from the congregations of the synod. The composition of the board reflects the representational principles that guide all structures of the ELCA. The Board meets twice annually to award grants with grant application deadlines falling on October 1 and April 1 and awards granted in November and May of each calendar year.
If you have any questions about the Fund for Mission, please contact or 773-248-0021.
You can also view a webinar about this topic.
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