Faith and Outreach Grants are for the purpose of providing start-up funds at the local level for new ministries in churches and communities within the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church that reach out with the Good News of Jesus Christ and His Amazing Love. This seed grant is designed to launch new ministries or to add a new component to an existing ministry that reflects the vision of Women Ministries. The vision of WM continues to be focused on building up the Kingdom of God. When we are able to meet practical and spiritual needs in our churches and communities, God’s Kingdom is advanced.
Priority will be given to applications that exhibit clear plans to sustain their ministry beyond the seed grant year. Grants shall not exceed $500 per ministry project and may be renewable for a second year on a case-by-case basis, as funds are available.
Note: The funds for these grants are gathered through your generous giving toward the Raffle Baskets collected at our Annual Fall Retreat.
To apply, fill out the Faith and Outreach Grant application and return to a Women Ministries board member.
Women Ministries in the Pacific Northwest Conference has a vision of advancing the Kingdom of God through women. To accomplish this, Women Ministries seeks to connect women in transformational relationships and equip them to grow, serve, and reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In April 2005, Pacific Northwest (then North Pacific) Conference Women Ministries initiated the Faith & Outreach Grant as a means to support ministries within the Pacific Northwest Conference that reflect the vision of Women Ministries. When women in our conference are involved in reaching out with the love of Christ to meet needs in local communities, the Faith & Outreach Grant can provide up to $500 of seed money for new or expanding ministries.
The Grants have been totally funded by the women in the Pacific Northwest Conference through individual donations to the gift basket raffle held at the Fall Women’s Retreat at the Cascades Camp & Conference Center. Women Ministries wishes to award two Faith and Outreach Grants per year.
To date, 12 Faith & Outreach Grants have been awarded to:
2006 | “Children of the Valley After-school Program,” Mt. Vernon, WA. “Children of the Valley” creates partnerships within the Hispanic community by providing after-school care, cultural enrichment activities, and academic support.
2006 | “Healing the Hurts,” Eastridge Covenant Church, Clackamas, OR. $500 was awarded to support a church ministry that identified needs related to loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Quarterly events for women offered scriptural truths in the areas of “Transformation,” (spiritual encouragement with a fun makeover); “Transparency”; “Divine Design”, & “Significance.”
2008 | “Common Ground Coffee House,” Crossroads Covenant Church, Burlington, WA. Women Ministries awarded $500 for this youth coffee shop ministry that offered local youth offered a safe and relational place on church grounds to socialize and enjoy their music.
2008 | “Spirit of Christmas Community Celebration,” Pine Lake Covenant Church, Sammamish, WA. $500 was awarded to this ministry to support its outreach to a local shelter for women and children. Women were invited to a warm and elaborate Christmas celebration while a Christmas party was provided for their children.
2009 | “His Bread and Bowl” lunch ministry, Methow Valley Community Covenant Church, Twisp, WA. “reaching out to share the love of Jesus with those in need through a hot meal, Christian fellowship, live music, and prayer.” The ministry established community partnerships in bringing its much needed service to its community.
2010 | “Emerald City Bible Fellowship 5th Sunday” ministry, Seattle, WA. Women Ministries awarded $500 to this ministry that reached out to “share the good news of Jesus with those we serve.” One of the ministry recipients was a local apartment complex that was showered with practical love, such as picnics, car washes, and yard work.
2011 | “Growing Together,” by Take the Next Step, a nonprofit in partnership with Monroe Covenant Church, Monroe WA. Women Ministries awarded $500 to this ministry to help establish a mentoring program for 12 teen moms by volunteer leaders. Mentoring includes transportation to appointments and ongoing support for the moms to receive training for parenting, academics, spiritual growth, and other life skills.
2011 | “Desert Springs 1st Annual Neighborhood Picnic & Concert” by Desert Springs Covenant Church in Pasco, WA. Women Ministries awarded $500 to this ministry to help fund an “old-fashion” picnic and concert as an outreach to the community surrounding the church. This outreach allowed the members of Desert Springs to reach out across the generations in a non-threatening, laughter-filled, fun-filled day of ministry, where they showered people with the love of Christ.
2012 | “The Apple Club” ministry by Community Covenant Church of Clear Lake, Clear Lake, WA. Women Ministries awarded $500 to this ministry for a before and after school program for families in need. The Clear Lake Elementary School is a valuable partner in the Clear Lake Connections group, which Community Covenant Church is heavily involved in to enrich this community. This before and after school program not only serves the families in need but also the school itself as it seeks to preserve its enrollments.
2012 | “Quiet Waters; Restoring the Soul” is a new start up bible study for women who are survivors of domestic violence that live in the Aberdeen area. Grace Harbor Covenant Church women felt the call to take the Mending the Soul training so they can facilitate a workbook study with the women from Domestic Violence Center of Grays Harbor. The $500 grant will go towards training, study material and hospitality to get this wonderful ministry started.
2013 | “Wednesdays at the Cove” Everett First Covenant Church opened their restaurant on January 9, 2013 to provide a hot breakfast and hot to go soup lunch to their hungry neighbors. Women Ministries awarded $500 to this ministry so they could start this up in hopes that it will continue with donations. In addition this ministry has created an environment where they can nourish the souls as well.
2014 | “Connection Corner” Spokane First Covenant was awarded a Faith and Outreach Grant to create a place where community women can find friendship, mentoring and resource referrals.
2015 | “AVA Training” Selah Covenant Church is working to bring advocacy and support to victims of abuse in the Yakima Valley.
2015 | “MOPS” Lake Bay Covenant was awarded a grant for scholarships and craft supplies for their Mothers of Preschoolers Program.