We love giving grants for mission! Mission is the heartbeat of the church. However, the amount of grant money available each year depends on the level of Home Mission giving from all the churches in the Association.
To find our more about Home Mission giving please click here. All grant applications are carefully considered and are decided based on set criteria regarding the missional and practical outworking of the project.
The Association, in consultation with a wider Partnership made up of three other Associations, awards these grants. More detailed information, including contact details, can be found here. It is advisable that anyone hoping to apply has an early consultation with the association.
There are four types of grants available:
Mission through Ministry Grants
These grants are awarded to churches already engaging in the mission of God, to encourage and further equip them in reaching out to their local community. They are normally only paid to churches with Baptists Together accredited Ministers, who pay their Minister the Home Mission stipend (or appropriate proportion thereof). They are also available for ministers-in-training and recognized ministers from other denominations in Local Ecumenical Partnerships.
The grants are not awarded simply for a church to have a minister and a church must demonstrate its missional heart and intent. We normally expect a church to become self-sustaining within about 5 years of a grant being first awarded.
Special Ministries GrantsThese grants are for those working in ministries in a context which is usually outside of a traditional church; these can include individuals involved in a special initiative or in a church planting (or replanting) situation.
Chaplaincy and Ecumenical Grants
Grants are available towards the cost of Educational or Industrial Chaplaincies and towards the costs of Ecumenical Officers. The amounts paid will depend on the circumstances and the process usually involves detailed consultation with other denominations.
Mission Project Grants
Mission Project Grants of up to £1,500 enable Baptist Churches to respond to the mission needs of their community as part of their own ongoing work and ministry. These are one-off grants for new projects (or new initiatives within existing projects). The projects must benefit people from the community which the church is seeking to serve. Guidelines for these grants can be downloaded here and an application form can be downloaded here.
EXAMPLES OF MISSION PROJECT GRANTS GIVEN IN LAST YEAR
- At Pentyrch Street Baptist Church we contributed towards the cost of delivering the RE Curriculum to a local primary school in a culturally relevant way. It included reaching out to the parents and using the church, creatively refurbished as a coffee shop, as a base for all the activities;
- St Canna’s is a micro-pub, which operates according to a Christian ethos and acts as a mission and ministry base for a pioneer minister. We gave a grant to help with the start-up costs;
- At Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Barry we helped with the cost of their Fun Day which was the culmination of a week of mission to their community;
- Whilst at Albany Road Baptist Church in Roath we contributed to the costs of a missional social enterprise project which could act as a pilot for other projects in South Wales.