Grants


These grants, scholarships and funds have been made possible by the generous giving of Presbyterians. In that same spirit, contributions are needed to continue grant funding. The most immediate way to contribute is through an individual, group, or congregational donation to the Synod for a specified purpose. Individuals can also help through bequests from their estates, by making it a beneficiary of their life insurance, or with gifts of securities, real estate, or annuities.

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Applications are considered at Synod Assembly meetings held in the Spring
(application deadline March 15) and the Fall (application deadline September 22)
every year.

Grants

Designated Funds

New and Small Church Grant Fund (221)
Receives and distributes income from the McCallum and Small Church and Manse Loan funds in the form of grants to new and small churches for home mission projects. A brochure and application are available on the Synod’s website or by contacting the Synod Office. Grant requests up to $5,000.00 will be considered.
contact: Grants/Awards Committee through the Synod Office

Speer Trust Fund (231)
Established by Speer Trust Fund of New Castle Presbytery to the Synod to support projects which help the poor and oppressed gain power over their lives, address root causes of poverty, and transform the Presbyterian Church. Applications, which are available on the Synod website or by contacting the Synod, are due in September of each year. Funds are received in February and awarded in March.
contact: Speer Trust Fund Chair through the Synod Office

Catechism Fund (233)
Established by the late W. H. Belk, the Catechism Fund provides a cash gift and certificate to each child reciting the Catechism. This fund is expendable and available for donations.
contact: Synod Support staff person

Peacemaking Fund (234)
Receives and distributes the Synod’s portion of the Peacemaking Offering through a grant process coordinated by the presbytery Peacemaking representatives.

Presbytery Initiatives Fund
The Presbytery Initiatives Committee, formerly the Shared Ministries Program, will accept applications from presbyteries and congregations for specific mission projects. The project must be endorsed by two presbyteries sharing the work of the mission project. Applications may be found online. Deadlines for submission are at least two months prior to the event.

Endowment Funds

Visionary Fund (261)
Established with the proceeds from the sale of a building on Alexander Avenue in Durham, North Carolina to be used by Synod committees to develop new, existing, racially inclusive and creative programs which address ways to implement the priorities of the Synod in the areas of education, evangelism, and social justice.
contact: Grants/Awards Committee through the Synod Office

Jubilee Fund (321)
Established with the proceeds from the sale of the Jubilee Health Center in Henderson, North Carolina for the income to be used for mission projects supporting African-American clergy recruitment, Christian education, leadership development, youth ministry, and ongoing daycare. Guidelines and an application are available on the Synod’s website or by contacting the Synod.
contact: Jubilee Fund Committee Chair through the Synod Office

Minnie Pepper Fund (311)
Established by Minnie Pepper’s bequest for income to be used for synod validated mission causes.
contact: Grants/Awards Committee through the Synod Office

Sadie Duncan Wharton Fund (322)
Established by Sadie Duncan Wharton’s bequest for income to be applied to the salary and support of a minister to do home mission and evangelistic work in North Carolina.
contact: Grants/Awards Committee through the Synod Office

Mid-Atlantic Older Adult Ministries Endowment Fund (493)
Principal permanently held by the Presbyterian Foundation with the income for older adult ministries of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic.
contact: Grants/Awards Committee through the Synod Office

McCallum Trust Fund (421)
Established by the McCallum’s, the income is to be expended annually for the support of orphanages, colleges in the mountains of North Carolina, international missions and home missions. All income received each year from the trust is expended according to a Synod established distribution schedule.

Carl E. and Florence L. Berger Fund (471)
Established by a pooled income fund and bequest by the Berger’s, the income is to be used for the support of the work of the church with Christian higher education in North Carolina with first priority given to Presbyterian colleges. It was the wish of the donor, but not a condition of the gift, that this income be used by Warren Wilson College. Fund is held by the Presbyterian Foundation and the Synod forwards all income it receives each year to Warren Wilson College.
contact: Synod Finance Manager

Loan Funds

Small Church (331)
Established by donations to be used for providing assistance for renovation of church facilities or manses for small churches with fewer than 250 members. A brochure and application are available on the Synod’s website or by calling the Synod Office.
contact: Grants/Awards Committee through the Synod Office

Mission Funds

Disaster Relief Fund (124)
Receives and distributes contributions for disaster relief or emergency appeals.
contact: Synod Executive.

Hunger Action Fund (145)
Receives and distributes contributions for the support of hunger action enablers and hunger projects within the synod.
contact: Presbytery Initiatives Committee through the Synod Office

Mother’s Day/Father’s Day Offering Fund
Effective 1/1/05, the Mother’s Day/Father’s Day Offering began to be collected by and solely for the benefit of Sunnyside (VA and Northern Presbyteries) and Presbyterian Homes, Inc. (NC Presbyteries). For more information, please contact the older adult agencies directly.

Thanksgiving Offering Fund
In 2001, the Thanksgiving Offering began to be collected by Barium Springs (North Carolina Presbyteries) and Presbyterian Homes and Family Services (Virginia and Northern Presbyteries). The Offering is distributed to the child and youth care agencies based on designations and an agreed upon formula for undesignated funds.

Presbytery Initiatives Fund
The Presbytery Initiatives Committee, formerly the Shared Ministries Program, will accept applications from presbyteries and congregations for specific mission projects. The project must be endorsed by two presbyteries sharing the work of the mission project. Applications may be found online. Deadlines for submission are at least two months prior to the event.

Retired Ministers Funds

Kate Bitting Reynolds Trust Fund
Established by Mrs. Reynolds’ bequest, the income from the fund is distributed semi-annually for the maintenance and support of qualified aged Presbyterian ministers who have served at least ten years within the State of North Carolina. The Trust Fund is held and managed by Wells Fargo. For additional information, please contact the NC Presbytery office last served.

Mittie Towles Wiley Fund (391)*
Established by bequest for the income to be used for the benefit and support of retired Presbyterian ministers in North Carolina. To apply for a North Carolina Ministers Emergency Relief Grant, please contact the NC Presbytery office last served for a brochure and application.

Ernest E. & Mattie Lee Gillespie Fund (492)*
Established by bequest to be used for the benefit and support of retired Presbyterian ministers who have served in North Carolina and are certified to participate in the Reynolds Fund. To apply for a North Carolina Ministers Emergency Relief Grant, please contact the NC Presbytery office last served for a brochure and application.

Nell Durham Lane Funds (495, 496 & 497)*
Established by bequest to be used for the benefit and aid of widows of Presbyterian ministers in North Carolina. Funds 495 and 496 are for widows of retired Presbyterian ministers in North Carolina while Fund 497 can be used by any widow of a Presbyterian Minister in NC. To apply for a North Carolina Ministers Emergency Relief Grant, please contact the NC Presbytery office last served for a brochure and application.

Albert Sidney Wooding Fund (399)
Established by bequest for the income to be used to support aged Presbyterian ministers of the Commonwealth of Virginia. To apply for a grant, please contact the Presbytery Executive of the last presbytery served in Virginia.

* Applications for North Carolina Ministers Emergency Relief Grants (Wiley, Gillespie & Lane) are due to the Presbytery offices on August 1 and February 1 each year.

Scholarship Funds

Sherman and Lucille Tilney Euler Seminary Scholarship Fund (423)
Established by Mrs. Euler’s will, the fund is to be used to provide scholarship assistance to full-time students to prepare for the ministry (Masters of Divinity and/or Christian Education) at official accredited seminaries of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Applications, which are available on the Synod’s website or by calling the Synod Office, are due February 15 each year. Approximately $40,000 of scholarships are awarded each year. Scholarships are renewable annually based on academic achievement and financial need.
contact: Grants/Awards through the Synod Office

Eva and Bessie McKay Ministerial Scholarship Fund (382)
Established by Eva McKay, the income from the fund is to be used to provide scholarship assistance to ministerial students. The income from the fund is currently being used to grant scholarships to a NC seminary student attending Union/PSCE. Currently only one small scholarship is awarded every other year.
contact: Grants/Awards Committee through the Synod Office

W. Z. Stultz Student Scholarship Fund (371)
Established by W.Z. Stultz, the fund is to be used to provide annually renewable scholarships for active Presbyterian communicants attending Presbyterian related colleges. Applications, which are available on the Synod’s website or by calling the Synod Office, are due February 15 each year.
contact: Grants/Awards Committee through the Synod Office

James Rusk and Amanda Catherine Nicholas Eiler Scholarship Fund (381)
Established by Harriet Elizabeth Eiler in memory of her parents, the income is to be used to assist persons or children of persons engaged in agribusiness in Rockingham County, Virginia to attend Hampton Sydney College or Mary Baldwin College. Applications, which are available on the Synod’s website or by calling the Synod Office, are due February 15 each year.
contact: Grants/Awards Committee through the Synod Office

Annie B. and Essex Moseley Fund (481)
Established by Mr. Moseley, the income is to be used to provide first year scholarship assistance for racial ethnic students (preferably active Presbyterian communicants) engaged in higher education from the former Southern Virginia Presbytery (now presbyteries of the Peaks, James and Eastern Virginia). The fund is held by the Presbyterian Foundation which forwards the income to the Synod each year for scholarships. Applications, which are available on the Synod’s web site or by calling the Synod Office, are due February 15 each year.
contact: Grants/Awards Committee Chair through the Synod Office

Catawba Camping Scholarship Fund (260)
Established by the Synod with the proceeds from the sale of the Catawba Campsite in Caswell County, North Carolina in late 2001. The Synod distributes a rolling 20 quarter 5% average of the fund’s total market value in proportionate shares based on membership to the applicant presbyteries within the geographical bounds of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic.
contact: Grants/Awards Committee through the Synod Office

Funds Brochure (updated Sept 2014)