In support of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company’s mission to serve America’s churches so they can focus on building the Kingdom, a new granting opportunity has been funded through the Brotherhood Mutual FoundationSM. The Kingdom Advancing GrantSM will be awarded to innovative Christian church programs that are transforming local communities through ministry. The goal is to support sustainable initiatives that then can be replicated by other Christian churches by awarding up to $100,000 in grants. Grant recipients will be announced July 2022.
“Through this new initiative, we hope to discover, acknowledge and support church teams who, in their God-ordained calling, are transforming their communities in creative and collaborative ways,” said Mark Robison, Brotherhood Mutual chairman and president. “We are excited to hear of so many innovative new programs churches are doing, so we want to do our part not only in supporting those programs, but in helping them be expanded and then multiplied in other parts of the country.”
The number of grants awarded each year will vary, based on the scope and financial need of the projects. In addition, each grant recipient will be paired with an experienced ministry leader who can provide guidance and assistance. Applications for grants are open now through May 1, 2022, at www.brotherhoodmutual.com/kingdom-advancing-grant.
Criteria for the grant includes church teams and programs focused on planning a new initiative or revitalizing a recent initiative that addresses at least one of the following objectives:
- Increasing community engagement
- Meeting real and practical human needs
- Establishing creative, transformative, or collaborative revenue streams to help the church expand its impact
In order for an initiative or program to be considered 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 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.
The Brotherhood Mutual Foundation is a private nonprofit established in 2005 by Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. The Foundation exists to distribute funds used to promote and encourage charitable, religious, and educational projects. In 2017, the Foundation donated seed money for the start-up of Full Strength Network, which is now a national nonprofit that helps with outreach to denominations, churches and pastors to educate them about pastor wellbeing and to connect them with tools and resources to prevent burnout.
About Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company
Celebrating more than 100 years in business, Brotherhood Mutual is one of the nation’s leading property and casualty insurers of Christian ministries. The company serves more than 65,000 churches, schools, colleges, camps, and related ministries in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Brotherhood Mutual is staffed by 500+ employees and works with 476 independent agents in 111 agencies nationwide. www.brotherhoodmutual.com