‘1001’ grant program is retooled

Changes designed to ‘better serve the movement’

October 23, 2014

Harvest Holy Ground garden

1001 “seed grants” have helped start new worshiping communities like Holy Harvest Ground which grows food for low-income neighbors, and provides a range of spiritual and educational ministries for residents in Toledo, Ohio —Grace Presbyterian Church


The funding arm of the Presbyterian Mission Agency that helps establish New Worshiping Communities is revising its “1001” grant program to better serve the movement.

“We’ve learned so much about the 1001 ministry from our mid-council partners and leaders of these new worshiping communities,” says Mission Program Grants associate Tim McCallister.

“We’ve re-designed these 1001 grants to better serve our constituencies.”

The New Worshiping Communities “Seed" Grant provides an initial $7,500 to help start a 1001 community.  

After a year the ministry can apply for an additional $25,000 “Investment" Grant.  18-months later they would have the opportunity to apply for of a $25,000 “Growth" Grant.

Both the “Investment” and “Growth” grant require dollar matching from a mid-council, congregation or in kind support.

All new worshiping community leaders are still eligible to apply for a Health Insurance Grant, worth $1,500 per year — twice renewable.

Since the 1001 movement began in July of 2012, Mission Program Grants has given out 162 $7,500 “Seed” Grants — originally designed for the first six months of ministry — and 40 $17,500 ”Investment Grants.”

Mission Program Grants is part of Evangelism & Church Growth ministries in the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.) Mission Agency.

  1. So, what changed? And what specifics were learned that inspired the change?

    by Laura

    October 31, 2014

  2. I would like to suggest a new congregation be planted in Chattanooga, TN, or in Lookout Mountain, GA. There are approximately three PC(USA) congregations in the area, but they do not seem to be thriving as the more conservative PCA congregations are in this area. As a student, I would love to see an "Evangelical More Light" PC(USA) congregation build up in this area, proclaiming the never changing Gospel as well as being fully inclusive. Just a thought. God Bless.

    by Caleb

    October 29, 2014