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.
Guidelines for Mission Outreach Grants are:
Grants are made only to UCC congregations in Cuyahoga County
Projects focus specifically on “the least of these” in the community
Projects involve the members of the congregation and are not simply “pass-throughs,” in which a congregation provides only funds or goods to a nonprofit organization without the involvement of Church members..
In 2016, the Mission Outreach Fund supported the following:
Denison Avenue UCC – New Horizons Enrichment Program
Dover UCC- Street Ministry
Imani UCC – Multiple mission projects
Mt. Zion UCC – Job Opportunities Breakthrough Services (JOBS)
Ridge Road UCC – School supply distribution
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, Moderator and Mission Outreach Representative.
How Does Our Church Apply?
Download and complete an Application. Beginning in May 2017, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. You will receive a response to your application within 3 weeks of submission. The application form can be submitted by mail or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much support can we ask for?
You can request support for one or more mission outreach projects in the range of $500 to $5,000.