REGIONAL GRANTS FOR CONGREGATIONS
Vision Fund Grants
This stewardship gift comes from an innovative Fund Distribution Template created by the Region's Stewardship and Giving Team and adopted by the Regional Board. This template is designed for usage with the sale of properties held by the Region. The purpose of this template is two fold: 1) To honor the legacy of members connected to Disciples congregations that close. 2) To keep alive this legacy by allocating funds to support vital Disciples ministries. Vision Fund Grant application deadlines: February 1, June 1, and October 1. Click to download an information + application packet.
Camile Christian Church Grant
The Camile Grant provides funding (in part) to special projects and programs that address and deal with the root causes of injustice, poverty, and promote Christian Growth. All project and program applications are given consideration in the selection process. Please note, because of limited funding, seldom can a project be granted funding in excess of $4000. The 2019 application deadline is October 31. Click to download the information + application packet. Contact Gloria Wildman with any questions at 714-939-1026 or email@example.com.
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
The purpose of the Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship is to offer financial assistance to college students who are committed to ministry in: (1) inner city (urban) settings and/or (2) social action through peace and justice. The deadline for 2019 is November 30. Click to download the information + application packet.
The purpose of ‘Reconciliation' within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is "to nurture the wholeness of the church by dismantling systemic racism and other oppressive structures toward becoming a church that demonstrates True Community, Deep Christian Spirituality, and Passion for Justice." Click to download the information + application packet. See http://www.reconciliationministry.org/ for more information. The application deadline is January 31.
The purpose of the Transformation Grant Application is to support congregations within the Pacific Southwest Regional Christian Church in their endeavor to be congregations equipped for ministry in the 21st Century. Download the Transformation Grant Application.
Older Adult Ministries Grant
The focus of the PSWR Disciples Senior Assistance Fund is regional; the is to be as equitable as possible for as many people as possible, awarding grants based on need. Deadlines vary as grants are awarded from the PSWR Disciples Senior Assistance fund quarterly. Download this packet for more information on who is eligible and instructions on how to apply. For short-term assistance, download here.
Youth Camp Scholarship
The PSWR offers limited scholarship assistance for children and youth participating in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) summer camp and conference program. In most circumstances, the maximum scholarship amount granted will be half the cost of the camp fees of the Early-bird camp registration deadline. Youth Camp Scholarship applications must be submitted before the deadline in order to be considered for the Summer Camp season. Download these Scholarship Guidelines for more information.
Disciples Women-Women Endowment Fund
The Women's Endowment Fund was established in 1990 to provide the opportunity to contribute to a permanent fund that benefits the work, both now and in the future, of women in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This fund allows women the opportunity to make a tremendous difference in the shaping of the world to come through decisions they make today. Through this fund, the visions and dreams of women are made real as they share the good news and minister in the name of Jesus Christ throughout the world. The funds are invested through the Christian Church Foundation to keep pace with inflation and produce a steady stream of income. Only the interest on the investments is used to support grant requests, and first priority is given to ministry which benefits the entire women's network.
PSWR Alliance Q - LGBTQI Seminarian Scholarship
Offered by PSWR Alliance Q, formerly known as the Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Pacific Southwest Region (GLAD PSWR) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex seminarians who are purposefully pursuing ministerial standing within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Download the 2018 Scholarship Application here. All applications must be received by midnight September 30 of the year scholarship funds to be awarded.
Questions? Contact the Regional Office.
GRANTS FOR CLERGY
Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs
Lilly Endowment's Clergy Renewal Programs are administered by the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary. Through its religion grant-making, Lilly Endowment, an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, seeks to deepen and enrich the lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.
General Church Clergy Continuing Education Grants
Disciples Home Missions (DHM) seeks to support ordained and commissioned clergy in their commitment to a process of life-long learning. Those who take advantage of available educational experiences often discover that there are benefits of such experiences for themselves and the people with whom they are in ministry. The application period is from September 1 to October 31. Learn more and apply here.
Pacific Network for Mission Education (PNME)
PNME’s objective is to encourage and enable mission education experience whose objective is to further the justice and compassion urged by Christ. We seek to facilitate cross cultural experiences by participants who will widely share reflection and knowledge. For information about PNME's scholarship and grant opportunities, visit their website. Application deadlines are March 5 and October 5.
Disciples Seminary Foundation Scholarships
In covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and in cooperation with ecumenical partners on the West Coast, Disciples Seminary Foundation serves God through the formation and support of emerging theological leaders. Scholarships are available to Disciples of Christ seminarian students attending the following schools: Claremont School of Theology, Pacific School of Religion, San Francisco Theological Seminary, and Seattle University. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disciples Leadership Program (DLP) at Eureka College
Awarded to a first-time freshman based on leadership, service and academic excellence, and the commitment to explore during college a life of faith-based servant leadership. Seminary-bound students interested in the pre-ministry track are encouraged to apply, but all qualified DOC students of any major and vocational aspiration with exceptional leadership and service will be equally considered. The selected DLP Fellow receives full tuition plus two on-site mentorships exploring service anywhere in the world, a $6,000 combined stipend for travel-related expenses. Fellows have explored service and vocation in a variety of exciting mentorship settings. The DLP is a top-tier scholarship at the college, and is awarded to one candidate with the academic preparation to maintain a 3.0 or better in college. (Qualified students are also encouraged to apply for the Reagan Leadership Program. Go to www.eureka.edu for more information.) For more information, call (309) 467-6429, or go to www.eureka.edu/admissions/doc/.