United Church of Christ

Grow Your Church

The New Spiritual Communities and ReNewing Churches grant program of the United Church of Christ seeks to enact the Vision, Mission, and Purpose by investing in programs and ministries which live into the ethos of the United Church of Christ’s becoming. Ministries that are meant to be sustaining, as well as ministries that are meant to be impactful for a particular time and place, are encouraged to apply. Grants are awarded based on how the ministries are impacting their local communities in alignment with the Vision, Mission, and Purpose of the UCC.  

For more information about 2017’s process, as well as those who were awarded, please see a special report here: 

New Spiritual Communities and ReNewing Churches 2017 Grant Report: Innovation and Inspiration: What’s New in the UCC?!

Apply for a Grant

Apply now for a New Spiritual Communities and ReNewing Churches Grant
Due: First Friday of September.

In case of technological difficulties with the website, we recommend that you answer first in a word document and copy and paste your questions into the application above.  For your convenience, a document with the short answer questions is available for download, here.  Please note: Only applications completed in SmarterSelect will be considered. 

The New and Renewing Grants can be matching UP TO $40,000; or UP TO $20,000, non-matching. 

This grant is available to faith communities affiliated with the United Church of Christ. If the applicant is not a Member in Discernment or UCC minister in good standing, a UCC accountability structure must be described and agreed upon through the local conference or committee on ministry

The first thing applicants should do is determine who will serve as references for this application. References MUST be in before you can "submit" the application. See the application linked above for details. 

Each community and/or applicant is eligible for up to $100,000 grant lifetime, from this program. 

If awarded, coaching will be a requirement for grant recipients. 


Applicants have the option to join in webinars to ask questions communally and learn specifically how to prepare their applications.  Register to receive zoom links by emailing CasaGrants@ucc.org 

The webinars will be available on the following dates/times:

Watch Articulating your Mission and Vision

Watch Preparing SMART Goals and working with a budget

Watch General FAQs