Funding God’s work: A call for grant applications

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Thanks to the generosity of donors to the new Moravian Field of Interest Funds, your Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA) is now in a position to make grants for ministries that provide:

  • Clothing
  • Housing & shelter
  • Healing & health
  • Prison ministry

On Valentine’s Day, MMFA awarded 13 grants totaling $6,500 to ministries associated with feeding the hungry. This new grant cycle focuses on areas of ministry where the core purpose is not providing food.

Application & Timing

“We encourage US Moravian congregations, agencies, fellowships, and ministries to apply for grants to support their work aligned with Jesus’ Parable of the Sheep and Goats from Matthew 25,” said MMFA President & CEO Chris Spaugh.“

The first step in making an application is to schedule a consultation with Chris Spaugh. His email address is cspaugh@nullmmfa.info. His office phone number is 336-725-2589. If your project meets the basic criteria, Chris will provide you with an application.  The consultation should assist you in making the strongest application to the most relevant fund for your project.

The deadline to submit a completed grant application is June 1, 2020. The Grant Advisory Team will review the applications, along with any supporting materials, and make recommendations. MMFA will announce grant awards on July 6, 2020 (anniversary of the martyrdom of Jan Hus). The funds will also be provided to the recipients at that time.

Criteria

The Grant Advisory Team bases its recommendations on a number of considerations. These include the locations of the communities served, the percentage of the project budget the requested funds would represent, the long-term sustainability of the effort, and the clarity with which the results could be measured. The team also considers how closely the work of the applicant’s project matches the spirit and purpose of the specific Field of Interest Fund from which a grant is sought.

We recognize that some ministries may appropriately apply for grants from more than one fund. However, considering the number of worthy applications, the Grant Advisory Team is inclined to limit any individual ministry to one grant award within a three-year period.

About MMFA

Founded in 1998, MMFA is an interprovincial agency of the Moravian Church in America and is located in Winston-Salem, NC. The foundation’s purpose is to help individuals, churches, and agencies grow and sustain the ministries that are central to our Moravian faith. MMFA manages more than $170 million in investments, facilitates planned giving, and provides stewardship services to congregations and agencies of the church.

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Vince Holbrook began as Director of Communication and Marketing in November 2017. He's a career communications professional who teaches public speaking and interpersonal communication at Forsyth Technical Community College and Guilford Technical Community College. He also spent significant time with Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Texas Instruments and Trone Advertising. A graduate of Morehead State University in Morehead, KY, Vince holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Communication from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a member of First Moravian Church in Greensboro, NC and also attends Come & Worship emerging ministry at the Liberty Arts Coffee Shop in Winston-Salem.
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