Local Mission Funding Applications for RMC Churches:
Why “In the Mud”?
The work of Jesus was done on the ground: He got his hands “in the mud” with the people he served, directly helping outcasts, the sick, the poor, and the forgotten—and he asked his disciples to do the same.
In 2016, our Conference voted to adopt a similar “in the mud” approach to sharing mission dollars. Instead of sending funds directly to organizations, we now grant the funds to our local churches, empowering them to build new partnerships and ministries within their communities.
With these grants, we challenge our churches to be “in the mud” with the mission they support. For example: In addition to providing food for the needy, a church will also turn an unused room on its property into a food kitchen, and/or prepare and serve meals each week. By getting “in the mud,” our churches walk as Jesus did to heal a hurting world.
As you envision your potential “In the Mud” ministry and complete the grant application (available above), keep these questions close:
- Where are the greatest needs in your community outside of your church walls?
- If awarded a grant, how could your church alleviate this hurt?
- How would getting “in the mud” help your church strengthen its relationship with itself and with the greater community?
We are able to award a maximum of $20,000 each year, spread out among two grant cycles, although total grants awarded may be less—this will depend on the quality, quantity, and requested dollar amounts of the applications we receive. To date, the average “In the Mud” grant is $1,091.96.
We encourage churches to seek the dollar amount needed to enact their ministry, with the knowledge that they might not be awarded the full requested amount (especially if we happen to receive several other inspiring applications). You can rest assured, though, that this isn’t an all-or-nothing process; you won’t be rejected or penalized if you ask for more than we are able to offer.
Funding proposal forms for Round 2, 2018 are to be filled out by local churches and sent to the Rocky Mountain Conference by August 17; decisions will then be communicated by September 14.
Churches can send their applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 303.980.6695, or by snail-mail to:
Rocky Mountain Conference
Attn: “In the Mud” Grants 2018
1140 W. 5th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
Follow-Up on Ministries
Churches awarded a grant are asked to follow up with the RMC office on the state of their projects. We welcome stories, testimonials, photos, and anything else that shows your ministry in action, so that we can share it with the wider Conference! If you’re a church who has been awarded a grant in the past and is applying for another grant, your commitment to following up on previous grants will be considered in our decision.