Faith in Action Fund

Formed by funds generated from the sale of the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, the Brethren Faith in Action Fund provides grants to fund outreach ministry projects that serve their communities, strengthen the congregation, and expand the reign of God. Such ministries will honor and continue the legacy of service that the Center has epitomized while also addressing the dynamics of the present age. Grants of up to $5,000 per congregation or ministry project per year are awarded, with a maximum of $15,000 allocated to any one ministry project over multiple years.

Who May Apply

Any United States Church of the Brethren congregation, fellowship or project.

Application Process

Grants will be awarded as determined by the Grant Oversight Committee each month. A grant application will require basic information such as amount requested, description of the project, budget, affirmation that congregation will provide match as recorded in the minutes of the congregation’s decision-making body, and a statement of support from district executive. Download the forms below to review the questions and prepare.

Apply now!

There are three ways to apply:

  • Complete an online application and upload supporting materials.
    Solicitud en linea  Online application
  • Email answers to all of the questions, along with supporting materials, to: BFIAFund@brethren.org
  • Mail answers to all of the questions, along with supporting materials, to: Brethren Faith In Action Fund c/o General Secretary’s Office, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120

Brethren Faith in Action Fund News

  • Mission and Ministry Board’s Spring meeting addresses Ukraine, reviews Strategic Plan initiatives and BFIA guidelines, among other business

    A statement on the war in Ukraine topped the agenda of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board at its meeting on March 11-13, held in person at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and via Zoom. Chair Carl Fike led the meeting, assisted by chair-elect Colin Scott and general secretary David Steele.

  • Potsdam Church uses BFIA grant to enhance its ‘Kid’s Club’ ministry

    At Potsdam Church of the Brethren, in rural southern Ohio, we started a program seven years ago to reach out to the kids in our small neighborhood. When the Brethren Faith in Action (BFIA) grant became available to us, we applied. The idea for this year was to raise the quality of care that we could offer.

  • Brethren Faith in Action round up for 2021

    Here is the funding summary for Brethren Faith in Action (BFIA) grants in 2021. The total amount granted was $80,870.89; 20 of 26 applications were approved for grants; 15 congregations and 5 camps received funds.

  • Church of the Brethren funds close out year with final grants for 2021

    The Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF), Global Food Initiative Fund (GFI), and Brethren Faith in Action Fund (BFIA) announced final grants for the year 2021. Included were an EDF grant to a humanitarian partner organization in Burundi, a GFI grant to a pig project in Rwanda, and BFIA grants to a church in Maryland and a camp in Colorado.

  • Brethren Faith in Action Fund gives grants to three congregations

    The Brethren Faith in Action Fund has given its most recent grants to three congregations: Ellisforde, Lorida, and East Dayton. The fund gives grants to Church of the Brethren congregations and camps in the US and Puerto Rico, using money generated by the sale of the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The eligibility of camps to apply for grants concludes at the end of 2021. Find out more at www.brethren.org/faith-in-action.