Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering

Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering


 Read about how this offering is transforming lives!


Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries(JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.

Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the Neighbors in Need offering.

Most UCC congregations will receive the NIN offering on October 2, 2016 as part of their World Communion Sunday observance. however, some local churches select another date. NIN contributions can be made on-line at any time here.

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Update & Application -
This year we are delighted to be able to announce a change in our grant format that will allow greater opportunities for partnership in innovative justice work in addition to the responding to request to support existing work.

Because of your commitment and generosity to Neighbors In Need, we are pleased to add five opportunities for "Grass Top Grants" up to $10,000. These grants will be awarded to UCC churches or organizations with innovative ideas to advance justice in our communities.

Additionally, our grant maximum dollar amount is being increased from $3,000 to $5,000. While these changes mean fewer grants will be awarded, we are hopeful that the increased funding will result in an overall greater impact.  All of this is made possible by your generous gifts to the Neighbors in Need offering. Once again, thank you!

  • 2017 Grant Applications will be submitted online and collected in the fall. Stay tuned for more information.

Beginning in 2016 we will be moving to an annual awarding cycle that will coincide with the taking of the Neighbors in Need special mission offering which occurs for many of our congregations on the first Sunday of October. Additionally, like many of the other grants awarded in the national setting, it will become a digital application only. There will be more information later about these new features and exciting changes coming in the New Year!

Effective immediately, an important change to our granting requirements, we are only funding UCC churches or organizations. We apologize, in advance, if this recent change affects your setting.

Take the Offering - NIN Resources

The 2016 theme for NIN is "This we believe" and connects the issue of child hunger to the work that UCC congregations are doing to serve their community and address this injustice.

Order Neighbors in Need resources through UCC Resources free of charge or download materials below:

2016 Neighbors in Need Poster


2016 Neighbors in Need Leader's Guide


2016 Neighbors in Need Bulletin Inserts
(2 Bulletin Inserts in .zip file)


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Note: All UCC churches should receive a supply of offering envelopes in their automatic shipment. If you need more items, or would like to receive hard copies of these resources, please contact UCC Resources at 1.800.537.3394 or the previous link.

Grant Reporting Forms

For Grant Recipients:

If you were a recipient of a Neighbors in Need (NIN) grant, help us inform our members whose contributions to NIN have made your grant possible about how lives have been transformed because of their generosity. These stories may be shared in a variety of forms as we promote inspired giving to NIN. View previous grant recipients.

FAQ - What is CAIM?

The Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM) is the voice for American Indian people in the UCC. CAIM provides Christian ministry and witness to American Indians and to the wider church. Justice issues that affect American Indian life are communicated to the whole UCC by CAIM.

Historically, the forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. CAIM supports these local churches and their pastors. In addition, CAIM strives to be a resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations and to strengthen their participation in the life of the church. 

Contact Info

Bentley de Bardelaben
Executive for Administration and Communications Justice & Witness Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115

Contact Info

Annie Congress
Administrative Assistant, Justice & Witness Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115