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How To Apply for Mission Grants

How To Apply for Mission Grants

Our Mission Support Committee invites you to enter into a covenant relationship with the Deaconess Community to work on mission projects. Your organization must have a 501(c)(3) number (USA) or be a “Registered Charitable Organization” (Canada).

The Process for New Grants:

  • January 10 – Mission Grant Letter of Intent Instructions  submitted to the Mission Support Committee (due by 11:59 pm CST)
  • January 30 – The Committee will review all the letters of intent and invite submission of full proposals
  • March 15 – New proposals due to the Mission Support Committee
  • May 31 – Grant awards will be announced and awardees will be notified
  • Grant materials should be sent Deaconess.Community@elca.org

You provide a proposal that has:

  • A gospel centered purpose that proclaims and furthers the reign of God among us
  • A prophetic diakonia that commits itself to risk taking and innovative service on the frontiers of the church’s outreach
  • Cooperative partnerships that invite participation, bridge divisions, and accompany others in mission
  • Inclusivity in mission that affirms the individual gifts of all people
  • Stewardship that respects God’s gifts of time, talents and resources


The Deaconess Community provides:

  • Grant monies
  • Prayer Support
  • Support personnel as needed or desired, if available
  • Opportunities to tell your stories of ministry to the Deaconess Community
  • Timely communication and support with a committee member and other members of the Deaconess Community


The Process for Renewing and Evaluating Grants

March 15: –  Mission Grant Project Evaluation Outline due for renewing a multi-year grant (e.g., second or third disbursement of a three-year grant)

May 31 – Multi-year grant renewals will be announced and awardees will be notified
September 1 of year following receipt of single year grant – Evaluation due
September 1 of year following receipt of final installment of multi-year grant  Final Evaluation due

Grant materials should be sent Deaconess.Community@elca.org.


Mission Grant Recipients

2020 recipients

2019 recipients