2023 Grant Cycle Now Open
FORT WAYNE, Ind.: In support of its mission to serve America’s churches so they can focus on building the Kingdom, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company and the Brotherhood Mutual FoundationSM recently announced the inaugural recipients of Kingdom Advancing Grants.
Funded through the Brotherhood Mutual Foundation, four church programs were awarded a total of $150,000 in Kingdom Advancing Grants in 2022. Brotherhood Mutual® leadership along with the Grant Council developed the granting opportunity to support Christian church programs that are transforming local communities through service and ministry. The goal is to support sustainable initiatives that can be replicated by other churches around the country.
“What a privilege it is to learn about the many innovative new programs that churches are developing, and to be able to do our part in helping them succeed, expand and eventually, be duplicated in other parts of the country,” said Mark Robison, Brotherhood Mutual chairman and president. “These faithful servants of God are making a profound impact as they establish unique ways to engage with the community and reach souls for Christ.”
The Kingdom Advancing Grant is designed for a church program or initiative that demonstrates the following:
- Directly overseen by the church.
- Intended to help build the Kingdom by introducing people to Jesus or strengthening their relationship with Jesus.
- Involves a unique idea that’s innovative, creative, and new, and that other churches are not already doing.
- Can be sustained over time.
- Can be replicated by other churches.
The 2022 grant recipients are:
- Church @ the Park, Salem OR: Awarded $50,000 to add a portable shower facility to its managed micro-community. The portable facility includes four pods – each with a shower stall and toilet – fixed on flatbed trailers. Church @ the Park is dedicated to helping transition those experiencing homelessness to stability.
- Life Church – Do Unto Others Mobile Mission (DUO), Cookeville, TN: Awarded $25,000 for new equipment and upgraded electronic health record software for their Dental truck. This is one of six buses/trucks the ministry uses to reach those in need of dental, wellness, vision, food, and outreach.
- Grace Church – Bath Campus – Momentum Marketplace, Akron, OH: Awarded $25,000 to develop curriculum and run a pilot program that helps teens understand their potential to be called to do God’s work in the business marketplace. Leaders from the business community are trained to serve as spiritual disciples and mentors.
- Mosaic Community Church, Mosaic After-School Program, Jeannette, PA: Awarded $50,000 to expand its tutoring and program services and to add staff. Mosaic was asked by their local public school district for help in meeting the needs of underserved students in grades 3 to 6. Additionally, services such as parent training, conflict resolution, 1-to-1 advocacy in the school, and free legal support are now available.
Read their full stories at www.brotherhoodmutual.com/kingdom-advancing-grant/recipients
“Providing these innovative ministry programs with a financial boost and the guidance of mentors is one way we can help advance the Kingdom of God,” shared Robison. “If your church has a program that’s focused on spreading the gospel through increasing community engagement, meeting the practical needs of your community or establishing creative revenue streams to expand your impact, we invite you to apply for a 2023 Kingdom Advancing Grant.”
How to Apply for a 2023 Kingdom Advancing Grant
The number of grants awarded each year will vary, based on the scope and financial need of the projects. Applications for grants are open January 9 through March 31, 2023.
Each Kingdom Advancing Grant recipient not only receives funding for their initiative or program, but also is paired with an experienced ministry leader who can provide guidance and assistance.
For an initiative or program to be considered eligible for a Kingdom Advancing Grant, it must be directly overseen by a Christian church that meets each of the following requirements:
- A tax-exempt charitable organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- In good standing with the IRS; If the 501(c)(3) tax exemption was previously revoked by the IRS, it must have been reinstated for at least one full year prior to applying for the Kingdom Advancing Grant.
- Based in the United States
The Kingdom Advancing Grant Council will make final decisions in July. The Grant Council is made up of more than a dozen pastors, administrators and executive leaders from some of the most influential churches and ministries around the country. Many of these will be the same individuals providing mentorship to the grant recipients.
For more information or to submit an application, visit brotherhoodmutual.com/kingdom-advancing-grant.
About Brotherhood Mutual Foundation
A private nonprofit established by Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, the Foundation exists to distribute funds used to promote and encourage charitable, religious, and educational projects. Since 2005, the Foundation has donated millions of dollars to support dozens of nonprofit organizations whose work transforms their communities. In 2017, the Brotherhood Mutual FoundationSM helped launch Full Strength Network, a national nonprofit ministry that helps pastors thrive in ministry leadership. www.brotherhoodmutual.com/kingdom-advancing-grant
About Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company
Celebrating more than 100 years in business, Brotherhood Mutual® is a national property and casualty insurance company with a heart for helping Christian ministries thrive. As a leader in the industry, Brotherhood Mutual provides innovative insurance coverage and risk management resources, specifically designed for ministries, to help them operate safely and effectively. The company serves more than 65,000 churches, schools, colleges and universities, camps, and mission organizations in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, Brotherhood Mutual provides access to payroll and tax filing services, employee health benefits, auto insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and mission travel insurance. Headquartered in Fort Wayne, IN, Brotherhood Mutual is staffed by 600+ employees and works with 424 independent agents in 93 agencies nationwide. www.brotherhoodmutual.com