Can congregations submit more than one grant application for multiple projects?
A church or group of churches should only submit one grant application, but it could be for multiple projects. Churches are encouraged to find the common link or goal among the projects and submit a single application under the larger project/goal, explaining the individual projects and how they relate to the larger goal throughout the application.

For example: A church may be requesting funds for a youth coordinator, to purchase media advertisements, and to create a community food pantry. The common link and main project name in this case may be “Community Outreach” or “Grow Worship Attendance.” The church would then explain how the youth coordinator, media advertisements and food pantry would help them grow worship attendance or reach out in their community.

Can congregations apply for new church plants or second campus ministry through this grant program?
No. For more information on grant opportunities for new church plants and second campuses, contact Diana Picurro.

What dollar amount can congregations request?
Grants in the past generally range between $1,000 and $30,000.

How will the grant funds be disbursed?
Grants awarded up to $6,000 will be given in one payment. Grants awarded over $6,000 will be given in two payments.

By when are churches notified of award decisions?
Churches are notified of grant decisions usually by February 1.

What is the VitalSigns Dashboard and how do we sign up for it?
VitalSigns Dashboard is a tool to track weekly worship attendance, professions of faith, small group participation, missional participation and financial giving for local congregations. For more information on how to use this tool and sign up for it click here.

What are SMART Goals?
Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:

1.  Who: Who is involved?
2. What: What do I want to accomplish?
3. Where: Identify a location.
4. When: Establish a time frame.
5. Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
6. Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would be, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”

Measurable: Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward reaching each goal. When you measure progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.  To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as:

1.  How much?
2. How many?
3. How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable: When you identify goals that are important to you, you find ways to make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills and financial capacity to reach them. You see previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals. You can attain most any goal you set when you:

1.  Plan your steps wisely
2. Establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps

Realistic: You must be both willing and able to meet a goal. A goal can be both high and realistic. You are the only one who can decide how high to set a goal. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs seem easy simply because they are a labor of love. To make a realistic goal, ask yourself if you have accomplished anything similar in the past and what conditions were required to accomplish it.

Timely: A goal should be grounded within a time frame to create urgency. If you want to lose 10 pounds, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. If you anchor it to a time frame of May 1, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.