For the sixth year in a row, the Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT) is accepting grant proposals from Ohio Conference congregations and related organizations for projects and mission initiatives. This year the MDT has $24,992 available for grants.
In light of the current Gathered and Sent initiative within the Ohio Conference, the Ministry Development Team will give preference to proposals that are particularly mission-oriented. Priority also will be given to projects that are new initiatives or projects that could not be carried out without the grant funding.
The MDT will use the following criteria in reviewing the applications:
- Does this proposal fit with the Conference priorities of worship, faith and witness?
- Our passionate worship flows from our confession of God as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
- We have a vibrant faith in God as Lord of all, who is at work reconciling the world.
- Through our bold witness others will accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and will build peace with all humankind.
- Does this project respond to the priorities identified by Ministry Development Team?
- Start-up ministries/ new initiatives
- Community outreach
- Revitalization of a congregation
- Church planting
- Implementing the Purposeful Plan
- Focus on children or youth ministry
- Resources for marriages and/or parenting
- Missional coaching
- Is this proposal a collaborative effort among Ohio Conference congregations and/or related organizations?
Please note that this is a one-time grant. Grant monies are not intended to be used for staffing.
Grant proposals are due by Aug. 9, 2017. The Ministry Development Team will consider all grant proposals at its Aug. 23 meeting.
Applying for a grant
To apply for a grant, please complete the form below. If you prefer, you may download a grant application form: 2017 OC Grant Application. Mail the completed grant application to Ohio Conference Office, Box 210, Kidron OH 44636 by Aug. 9, 2017.
The following article details the grants approved by the Ministry Development Team in 2016:
Ministry Development Team awards eight grants
The Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT) has awarded eight grants totaling $21,614 to Ohio Conference congregations and Conference-related groups. The MDT approved the grants at its Aug. 1 meeting in Upper Sandusky.
Funding for these grants comes from surplus funds that had accumulated during years in which the Conference ended its fiscal year with a surplus.
Grants will provide funding toward the following projects:
Connexus (a developing conflict management center for Holmes and Wayne counties) —Mediation training grants for volunteers, educational services for the public, and publicity and marketing
Huber Mennonite — Renovation of a 40’ x 60’ steel building for use in church outreach activities and community use
Lighthouse Ministries of Canton — Peace curriculum and team-building curriculum for use with grade school students in an after-school program
MennoMedia — The development of a new hymnal for congregations in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada
Salem Mennonite (Waldron, Mich.) — Development of a welcome area in the congregation’s new worship facility, with a coffee house-style atmosphere in part of the gathering area
Salem Mennonite (Wooster) — Playground set for the church grounds
Toledo Mennonite and partnering organizations— Guns into Garden Tools event in Toledo, to be held in Toledo Oct. 29-30
Wayne County Five-Church Network — Funds for Chestnut Ridge Mennonite, Crown Hill Mennonite, Martins Mennonite, Orrville Mennonite and Salem Mennonite of Wooster to work with consultant JR Rozko to develop their missionary competencies in their local setting
To learn more details about these projects, see the descriptions published in Ohio Mennonite Evangel.