United Church of Christ

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 United Church of Christ 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 this 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 UCC 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. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities. 

Most UCC congregations will receive the NIN offering on October 7, 2018 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.

Apply for a Grant

Apply now for a Neighbors in Need Grant. 
Beginning August 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018, Neighbors in Need online grants application process will be open.

We are excited to share our new online application via Smarter Select software program. This process includes a short prequalifying assessment, a grant application, and FAQ’s to assist you along the way.

First time project grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. (Note: Only a handful of $10K grants will be awarded annually.) Only UCC congregations and organizations are eligible to submit proposals. These requests must relate to work supported by General Synod actions in one of the following programmatic areas:

  • The Rights and Freedoms of all Persons
  • Environmental Justice
  • Economic Justice.

Apply for a Neighbors in Need Grant.

2017 Neighbors in Need Offering Resources

The 2017 theme for the NIN offering is "Protect the Sacred: In a Just World, Clean Water is Life." Most UCC congregations will receive the NIN offering on Sunday, October 1, 2017 as part of their World Communion Sunday observance, but local churches may also select a different date.

Order you free materials - including posters, bulletin inserts, leader guide and more - via UCC Resources.

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. Access the reporting form.

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. 

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