ACT Grants Available

ACT Grants Available



COVID Connection & Transition Grant

No Longer Available

At the start of the pandemic, ACT created the Covid Connection and Transition grant as an expedited way to help congregations stay connected to their communities and transition worship and programs to new formats. We have been able to assist 30 churches with funding to connect through live streaming, mailings, VBS kits, digital children’s ministry, and more.

If your church is in the midst of transitioning to new forms of outreach and connection, we still want to partner with you! Please consider applying for an Enhancement Grant. See more details below.


Enhancement Grants

These grants are one-year grants with a maximum of $4,000. Currently, these grants are used to assist congregations seeking to enhance or start a new ministry, program, activity, or process. As the presbytery undertakes a new mission design, the ACT will use the funds to promote cooperative mission and ministry partnerships among churches. Like the mission design, this plan is a work in progress. Money for enhancement grants comes out of the operating budget of Pittsburgh Presbytery.

Guidelines

  • Grants are awarded on a one-year basis and on a 4-to-1 ratio up to $4,000. For example, ACT will grant $4 (up to $4,000 maximum) for every $1 raised by the applicant church; if the church raises $1,000 and is approved, ACT will grant $4,000. 
  • The contributing portion of the congregation may include in-kind support in addition to financial support. Examples of acceptable in-kind support are costs of meals and volunteer hours given by members of the congregation provided in relationship to the proposed project. We encourage congregations to seek support from partners to generate the applicant’s portion.
  • Churches are eligible to receive Enhancement Grants for two consecutive years but must reapply annually.

Deadlines

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2022
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2022
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2022
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2022

Enhancement Grant applications are accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis. If approved to receive a grant, funds will be paid within 30 days of approval.

Requirements

  • Completed Enhancement Grant application form
  • Session meeting with a liaison of the Administrative Transformation Commission to discuss the grant proposal
  • Establishment of an ongoing prayer team
  • Completed follow-up report of how the grant was used at the conclusion of the project/initiative

Word version of Enhancement Grant Application for obtaining session approval before submitting online.


 

Seminary Student Intern Grants

Seminary student interns are granted monthly stipends to work with congregations. This effort is designed to provide hands on ministry training for students, while providing additional resources for congregations, who demonstrate financial need.

-Students do not need to be PCUSA members to apply, but are encouraged to  explore the PCUSA in their internships|

-PCUSA students are encouraged to be under care of a Presbytery

Congregations must:
-Demonstrate financial need
-Demonstrate community and/or church partnerships

Guidelines:

 

Small Church Leadership Development Grants

Small Church Leadership Development Grants

Small Church Leadership Development Grants

Small Church Leadership Development Grants

Procedure

· Scholarships will be granted on a first come, first serve basis with priority being given to new applicants.  Only churches with less than 100 people in worship are eligible.
· Grants will cover any costs involved to attend an event up to $500/person/event/year with a maximum granted of up to $1,000 per congregation per year.
· Please complete and submit the online Small Church Leadership Development Fund application form.


Purpose 

The fund is designed to enable members of churches with less than 100 in worship through intentional leadership development:
· To grow in commitment to Jesus Christ
· To celebrate who and whose we are as people of God in small congregations
· To gain a renewed understanding and appreciation of our Presbyterian tradition
· To develop congregational life


Goals

· To encourage qualifying congregations to identify their potential and future leaders
· To encourage the development of faithful and effective clergy and lay leadership in qualifying congregations
· To enable qualifying congregations to use denominationally approved materials by exposure to resources in the following areas: Worship, Christian Education, Stewardship, Evangelism, and Mission
· To prepare leaders of qualifying congregations for the specific tasks of leadership to which they have been or might be called