In honor of the Synod of the Trinity’s 300th anniversary celebration in 2017, we have created the following grants that are available to those serving in our region:

Sowing the Future: Gifts of Abundance Grants

300th transparentIn recognition and honor of our region’s continuing participation in world mission, we are offering every presbytery the opportunity for a matching grant of $3,000 towards a world mission project or partnership of their choice.

Presbyteries are invited to apply for a $3,000 global mission grant to be used within existing mission partnerships that will:

  • Help to facilitate partnership ministry projects already underway. We are looking for signs of clear partnership where mutual engagement is evident.
  • Support ongoing global partnerships for learning, awareness and sharing on the part of all partners. We will be looking for evidence of how this relationship has impacted those who participate in ways that keep it ongoing.

Presbyteries who partner together for world mission projects or who undertake a new partnership or new aspect of a partnership will be eligible for an additional $1,000 each.

The grant request must come from the presbytery and be used in a way that partnership participation is open to the whole presbytery. A presbytery may request for two different partnerships, but both must be a part of the original grant request and meet the criteria of the grant. This does not change the total dollar amount available to the presbytery.

Note: Only one application per presbytery may be submitted.

Download the grant application here. Please fill out the entire form, print, sign and mail to The Synod of the Trinity. (This is a fillable form, meaning that you can type directly into the form once it is downloaded onto your desktop.) You are encouraged to contact Chantal Atnip or Susan Wonderland at (717) 737-0421 if you have questions.

Grant applications will be accepted until Dec. 1, 2017.

 

Freedom Grants

In response to the General Assembly priority around the plight of the African American male, we are offering grants to seed projects that relate to this concern across our communities. We will be offering six grants of $5,000 ($30,000 total). There will be a limit of one grant per city/municipality.

The 222nd General Assembly (2016) voted to “take specific action, not just in word, but also in deed, to address and improve the worsening plight of the African American male in any of the five specified cities as a pilot initiative pointing toward future and further nationwide intervention. Micah 6:8, with its powerful words to ‘Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly [with your God],’ calls us to action and not only proclamation.”

While our congregations and presbyteries give to support the high calling of the General Assembly overture, The Synod of the Trinity encourages those areas of smaller African American populations to consider work that they might engage in to address the plight of African American males in their cities and towns.

Creative projects among congregations, between congregations and community agencies, or projects in partnership with local municipalities might be more important at this time than we can imagine. We are looking for projects that have a future trajectory with the potential for sustainability and that actively engage members of a congregation. Projects developed earlier than Jan. 1, 2016 will not be considered. We encourage partnership and creativity with the African American male population being those primarily served.

The deadline for grant consideration is Friday, June 30, 2017. All signed applications must be in the Synod office by 4:30 p.m. on that date.

Download the Freedom Grant here. Please fill out the entire form, print, sign and mail to The Synod of the Trinity. (This is a fillable form, meaning that you can type directly into the form once it is downloaded onto your desktop.) You are encouraged to contact Chantal Atnip or Susan Wonderland at (717) 737-0421 if you have questions.