United Church of Christ

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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 previous years’ grantees, and information about process, please see the following special reports:

New Spiritual Communities and ReNewing Churches Grant Report for 2018 Awardees: Innovation and Inspiration: What’s New in the UCC?!

New Spiritual Communities and ReNewing Churches Grant Report for 2019 Awardees: https://www.ucc.org/meetingmeasuring

Apply for a Grant: Application Coming!

Due to the globally impact of COVID-19, Justice and Local Church Ministry of the United Church of Christ has postponed opening the 2021 New Spiritual Communities and ReNewing Churches Grant application.
Please stay tuned, the application is scheduled to open on the First Friday in September of 2021.

When you begin the application, 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.

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

References MUST be in before you can "submit" the application.  It is recommended that applicants contact references early on in the process so as to meet the deadline of the first Friday of September

The New and Renewing Grants can be matching UP TO $40,000; or UP TO $20,000, non-matching; for the calendar year of 2020.  Each community and/or applicant is eligible for up to $100,000 grant lifetime, from this program.

If awarded, it is understood that grant recipients will also have ongoing coaching support throughout the term of the grant. 


In 2018, we arranged the following (recorded) webinars for potential grantees to help structure their applications:

Watch Articulating your Mission and Vision

Watch Preparing SMART Goals and working with a budget

Watch General FAQs

2019-2020 Cycle General FAQ

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