Starting a New Worshiping Community requires funding. In some cases the funding comes from congregations, presbyteries, or other mid-council entities. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers a series of grants to help birth New Worshiping Communities. The following sections gives a brief overview and requirements for each grant. Each grant has a link to the application.

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Seed Grant

The New Worshiping Communities Seed Grant is a $7,500 grant that is available to first year ministries to help start a 1001 community. Matching funds are not required to apply for this grant.

The grant is designed to encourage the birth of new worshiping communities through congregations and presbyteries rather than to fund the expansion or support of an existing congregation or program.

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Health Insurance grant

This grant program provides supplemental funding to the partner congregation and/or presbytery in support of new worshiping community leaders who would not otherwise be able to afford health insurance.

These grants are limited to new congregations and new worshiping communities that are related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), are located within the United States and Puerto Rico and were established no earlier than July 2010.

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Investment Grants

At least one year after receipt of a Seed Grant ministries may apply for a one-time Investment Grant of up to $25,000. This grant will be disbursed over an eighteen month period.

Approval of Investment Grants is conditioned upon real progress toward completing the tasks set forth in Starting New Worshiping Communities. Investment Grants ordinarily require a dollar-for-dollar match provided by the combined contributions of the partner congregation, presbytery and/or synod. In-kind contributions for the match are acceptable.

Waivers of the match will be considered on a case-by-case basis, upon request.

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Growth Grant

After that first year the ministry and the exhaustion of the Investment Grant ministries can apply for an additional $25,000 Growth Grant.

Like the Investment Grant, the Growth Grant require dollar matching from a mid-council, congregation or in-kind support.

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The Sam and Helen R. Walton Award

In late December 1991, Sam and Helen R. Walton made a generous gift of $6 million through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation.  This gift included an endowment in the amount of $3 million, the earned interest to be used by new church developments that have placed an emphasis on site acquisition.

The Mission Development Resources Committee offers an opportunity annually to congregations, presbyteries and synods to nominate new church developments that are working in creative ways to bring the gospel to their local communities.  Those chosen will receive a one-time financial award of up to $50,000.

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who can recieve a grant?

Mission Program Grants in partnership with congregations and mid councils provide short-term, start-up funds for New Worshiping Communities and Presbytery Grants for Congregational Transformation.  The resources on this page will help you prepare your grant proposal.  If you have questions about whether you qualify or about other funding opportunities, please contact:


Tim McCallister
(800) 728-7228, x5230

Mary Oxford
Administrative Assistant
(800) 728-7228, x5251


2019 Grant submission Dates and deadlines

Grants | Frequently Asked Questions


manual of adminstrative operations

The Manual of Administrative Operations describes the work of the Mission Development Resources Committee. The contents of the manual remain flexible allowing amendments and additions to be made as recommended by the committee and approved by the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

To obtain a Korean translation of this resource, please contact the Mission Program Grants office by phone at (888) 728-7228, Exts. 5230 / 5251 or by e-mail at or

Starting new intiatives: A Discernment

Starting New Initiatives: A Discernment Process is designed to be both a discernment process and a practical guide for engaging the community. It helps a Session and congregation integrate the work the church needs to do with the spiritual leadership Elders are called to exhibit. It will also lead a congregation to go beyond its walls and engage the community in a new way.


grants faq

Often there are many questions about grants and who is eligible. Download our frequently asked questions.

contact jon

Do you have questions regarding developing funds for your community? Contact Jon Moore, our Mission Engagement Advisor.

2019 submission dates

There are a number of times throughout the year grant submissions are looked at. Make sure you are aware of deadline dates.