Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries(JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to United Church of Christ congregations and UCC organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice.
There are three categories of NIN grants.
1) Direct Service ($1,000 - $3,000)
2) Advocacy ($3,001 - $5,000)
3) Grass Top ($5,001 - $10,000)
Five "Grass Top Grants," up to $10,000, will be awarded annually. These grants will be awarded to UCC churches or organizations with innovative ideas to advance justice in our communities.
For what purposes may Neighbors in Need monies be used?
Neighbors in Need grant monies may be used for:
a. Direct program staff or consultant salaries and benefits, to enable implementation of innovative projects;
b. Program expenses;
c. Computer/technology equipment costs;
d. Multimedia or technical production expenses;
e. Program-related office expenses (telephone, postage, etc.);
f. Publicity/promotional costs (publication and distribution).
Please Note: The Neighbors in Need Committee strictly adheres to these funding limitations when awarding grants.
Terms of the Grant
First-time project grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. Project grants may be renewed in the subsequent year only; $1,000 to $5,000.
Reporting Requirements: Grantees shall submit a Grant report due the first Friday of December (5:00 PM ET) in the year following the grant award.
Twenty-five percent of project funds must come from other sources in year one. Thirty-five percent of project funds must come from other sources if a grant is renewed.
Neighbors in Need grant monies, or any portion thereof, that are not utilized for the stated purpose by the Grant Report, must be returned to the United Church of Christ for reinvestment in the Neighbors in Need fund. It is the responsibility of the grantee to notify United Church of Christ's Justice and Witness Ministries (firstname.lastname@example.org) if the grant funds, or any portion thereof, have not been used or if it appears that the funds will not be used within the specified time frame.
Who may apply for Neighbors in Need grants?
The following entities are eligible to submit proposals:
a. United Church of Christ local churches and UCC organizations;
b. UCC-related institutions* in service to the community;
c. Overseas/Global Partner Churches of the United Church of Christ.
* Full members of the UCC Council for Higher Education, the UCC Council for Theological Education, and the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries as listed in the UCC Yearbook.
All proposals considered must be for projects clearly related to actions of the General Synod of the United Church of Christ within one of the following programmatic areas:
The Rights and Freedoms of all Persons
Applicants are asked to identify and provide a rationale for the one category in which they wish their proposal to be considered.
Applicant must agree that project success may be depicted in UCC marketing materials.
Grantee must agree to share best practices when called upon by others who wish to implement a similar project.
Projects must utilize SMART Goals; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Limited.
Total Amount Awarded$150,000
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