The Baptist Union of Wales aims to support mission and ministry across the Associations and wants to encourage new and creative mission initiatives by inviting churches and Associations in membership with the Union to apply for a Mission Project Grant.
How much can we apply for?
The ‘Mission Project Grant’ offers a grant of between £1,000 and £3,000 per year / up to 3 years. Churches seeking smaller amounts may consider applying for a Genesis grant where up to £500 is available to provide resources for a new mission initiative.
What kind of ‘Mission Projects’ are eligible?
The Mission Project grant may be used for a variety of new mission initiatives, shaped by your local context and the vision God is giving you share His love with your community.
With others, you will be in the best position to discern what God might be calling you to do, rather than someone from outside your context telling you what needs to be done. You will also have a better idea of the resources available to you and what will be a step of faith.
All we would ask is that you be prayerful; be imaginative; be inspired to try something new and where possible to think about how you might go to the places the church is not currently reaching.
What is unlikely to fit within the scope of the Mission Project Grant?
- Building projects, unless the application can show that a clearly defined project links with the overall mission strategy of the church.
- Large projects where the grant is not able to make a significant difference unless other sources of funding can show working in partnership.
- Projects where the church or Association is able to fund itself.
- Existing projects.
What about sustainability?
The risk in launching projects that are grant funded is that they are no longer sustainable when the grant funding stops. The nature of the Mission Project Grant is that help is available for up to 3 years and therefore some thought should be given to how a project might look to continue after the funding. We also recognise that sometimes a project lasts just for 3 years, is better than no project.
Will you help us to develop any ideas and shape a vision?
Yes, of course. In fact we’d love to! We are willing to walk alongside any church, group or Association that would like to think through what God might be calling them to do.
Who can apply?
The Mission Project Grant scheme is open to churches or Associations in membership with the Baptist Union of Wales and who have paid the consolidated budget for the past three years. Any new mission initiatives should have the support of their local church.
How many grants are available?
We would love to be in a position to help every church or group with a Mission Project Grant but recognise that we will have to disappoint some, ask others to perhaps wait and even suggest that an idea needs a bit more work before itʼs ready to take full advantage of the grant being offered.
At the moment there is funding available to award three Mission Project Grants in the first instance with the hope of adding a fourth and fifth in the following years. More may be possible if the amount of grant requested is less than the maximum £3,000. As one grant comes to an end, we can consider others.
How can we apply?
Please make sure you read the guidelines available here for download before submitting an application.
Please get in touch if you have any further questions.
Rev Simeon Baker – Director of Mission firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Menna Machreth Llwyd – Mission Co-ordinartor email@example.com
Baptist Union of Wales, Y Llwyfan, College Road, Carmarthen SA31 3EQ Tel: 01267 245600