Fund for Mission

Apply for a Fund for Mission grant for your congregation.

In 1997, the Metropolitan Chicago Synod created a mission endowment fund for the purpose of assisting congregations to energize and extend the reach of their mission. The primary purpose of these grants is to stimulate creative approaches to evangelical outreach, or invitational evangelism. In November 2018, grants totaling $13,000 were distributed. Congregations that have previously received funding may, after a year, apply for one follow-up grant for the same project. Congregations may only receive one grant per calendar year.

Several places in the application make note of an integrated mission plan.  If your congregation would like help creating an integrated mission plane, please e-mail Sandie Schlauch in the synod office at

Download the fillable form here (PDF format).

Applicants must use the provided form (above in PDF format) in order for their project to be considered.

Failure to provide the requested report describing the project’s result prevents congregations from being considered for future Fund for Mission grants.

Applications may be saved and attached to an e-mail and sent to Sandie Schlauch in the synod office at

Application deadlines are:

Submission Deadline
April 1
October 1

Grant Award

The form is designed for clarity and consistency in the requests. More importantly, it emphasizes that strong preference will be given to the requests that are part of an integrated mission plan emphasizing the importance of a comprehensive vision built around the intersection of:

  • Proclamation: Worship, Faith Sharing, Invitation into Christian Community
  • Service: Ministries of Compassion and Generosity toward those in need
  • Justice: Working toward social and economic structures that allow access and opportunity for all

If you have any questions about the Fund for Mission, please contact Bishop Miller at or 773-248-0021.

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