Because of its deep roots and history with the United Church of Christ (UCC), Deaconess Foundation established the Mission Outreach Fund to encourage and support mission outreach activities by UCC churches in Cuyahoga County.
What types of projects does the Mission Outreach Fund support?
The fund focuses on projects outside of the church that help the vulnerable, underserved, and disadvantaged. For example, projects could include working with local schools, serving a community meal or operating a faith-based jobs program.
Mission Outreach Grants can be made only to UCC congregations in Cuyahoga County. Grants can be made for projects that:
Focus specifically on “the least of these” in the community
Actively involve the members of the congregation.
Grants cannot be made to projects that are:
“Pass-throughs,” in which a congregation provides only funds or goods to a nonprofit organization without the involvement of Church members
Capital investments or improvements for the Church
Designed to benefit only the members of the congregation.
In 2018, the Mission Outreach Fund supported the following:
Denison Avenue UCC – Neighborhood First Birthday Parties
Federated UCC – Loaves and Fishes Ministry project
Imani UCC – Multiple Mission projects
Mt. Zion UCC – Job Opportunities Breakthrough Services (JOBS)
Ridge Road UCC – School Supply Distribution
Saint Paul’s Community Church – Faith-based Job Readiness Program
Strongsville UCC – Community lunch program
Which churches can apply?
UCC congregations located within Cuyahoga County are eligible to apply for support. All requests must be approved by the church’s Pastor and Mission Outreach Representative.