We live in a time of great change, both in church and culture. It is a time rich with opportunity to reach people for Jesus Christ, and it is critical that we build the church’s capacity to respond faithfully, without the fear of failure. Congregations, presbyteries and faith-based oInnovationrganizations are encouraged to dream and explore new and innovative possibilities for ministry and mission.

Project initiatives must be “new,” must be funded in partnership using new monies, and must support the ends of the Synod. These are one-time grants, with a maximum grant of $20,000; additional funding of up to $5,000 may be available when the grant request and implementation includes more than one presbytery. It is expected that a report back to the Synod and some kind of project sharing will take place within 12 months of the grant being received, regardless of how far along the project implementation plan.

To download the Innovation Grant, click here. (After downloading this application to your desktop, it should appear as a fillable form. After saving the form, it can be emailed to the Synod of the Trinity at grants@syntrinity.org.)

Note: An entity may only apply for one Synod grant per year. Please choose carefully as you consider your application.

May 1: Funding decisions will be made by June 1
Nov. 1: Funding decisions will be made by Dec. 1


A similar grant, called the New Initiatives for Presbyteries Grant, had been offered by the Synod prior to 2017. Below are ways that Innovation Grants (and New Initiatives Grants that are no longer available) were utilized throughout the Synod.

Dual Language Mutual Ministry helps New Wilmington, PA, community connect

The New Wilmington Presbyterian Church in New Wilmington, PA, is working to teach Spanish-speaking members of the community the English language, and vice versa. Click here to read more about this program.

Presbyteries team up to train, prepare commissioned ruling elders

A three-presbytery partnership between Redstone, Washington and Upper Ohio Valley has been the backbone to a new CRE (commissioned ruling elder) training course in that region. Find out how an Innovation Grant helped get this program off the ground by clicking here.

Krislund re-creating itself with ‘camps in a bag’

See what new initiative the Krislund Camp and Conference Center has come up with through its Traveling Day Camps by reading a story here.

Beacon turns to arts to assist in its call

Beacon church in Kensington, PA, has changed its name, moved the time of its Sunday worship service and holds three art-based programs during the weekdays, doing everything it can to keep its doors open. Read its story here.