Is your congregation looking to develop or grow a community ministry? Are you trying to determine how you can serve your neighbours? Do you have an idea but struggle with the funding of it? If you are a Canadian CRC church seeking to engage your community you may qualify for an Operation Manna grant to help your congregation build your community ministry!
Operation Manna offers several different grant options. You could apply for funds to do a Community Opportunity Scan (COS) - so that you can learn about your neighbours and what's needed in your community. Perhaps you've already done a COS and are considering how to move forward - maybe by employing a new staff member, or to implement a new idea or expand a current ministry. Operation Manna has grants for that too!
Operation Manna isn't only giving money to churches for community ministries. As the Diaconal Ministries of Canada (DMC) website says, Operation Manna is a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada that primarily provides community ministries with coaching, consultation and equipping in the areas of visioning, board development, strategic planning, networking, goal setting, and evaluation.
Intrigued? Check out the Operation Manna guidelines, or call Diaconal Ministries Canada for more information. Applications for funding are due by August 15th of each year.