“In the Mud” Community Engagement Grants

“Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”  Matthew 13: 8-9

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” — Hebrews 10: 24-25

Important Application Dates for RMC Churches:

  • One grant cycle with $15,000 in available grant funds.
  • Application Opens: July 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline: July 30, 2021
  • Applicants will be notified: August 20, 2021
  • Grant funds will be disbursed: August 27, 2021

The work of Jesus was done on the ground: He got his hands “in the mud” with the people he served, directly helping those who came to him – the 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.

Process

Over the last few years, we have seen all kinds of new and innovative outreach programs sprouting up across our Conference through these grants. From food pantries to playgrounds, to evening programs with progressive faith leaders, these small grants are helping local congregations have a greater impact in their communities.

For the first few years of In the Mud, we were focused on awarding grants for church-based community outreach programs. In 2020, we shifted our focus towards technology and imporving online outreach efforts.

In 2021 we continue supporting tech improvements as well as in-person outreach projects. The important thing is the intention of the project and how it will expand your church’s reach into your community.

Application Form
Applicants are required to fill out an In the Mud Grant Application. This online form can be found by clicking hereLimit one application per congregation. Congregations that have previously received In the Mud Grants are still eligible to apply this year. *Note that you must complete and submit the online Google Form to apply. Do not download and email your application, it will not be accepted.

Funding Decision
Funding decisions are made once a year and can be in amounts up to $2,000 in 2021. We are able to award a maximum of $15,000 this year. The total funding amount depends on the quality, quantity, and requested dollar amounts of the applications we receive. If you are seeking a larger grant for your new ministry, please check out the Tributary Fund.

We encourage churches to seek the dollar amount needed to enact their ministry, up to $2,000, 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.

Follow-up
Receiving an In the Mud Grant is a result of collaboration, deepening relationship, and a focus on community engagement and congregational vitality. Grant funding is not seen as the end of the conversation, but rather one part in an ongoing dialogue. The In the Mud team hopes that grant recipients will share the story of their vitality program with the Rocky Mountain Conference and the wider church, as well as consider increasing their OCWM and Strengthen the Church offerings as a visible sign of increased vitality.