LCPC Outreach Challenge Grants Program Guidelines
February 1, 2020
The LCPC Challenge Grants Program provides funding for new ministries that help address needs in our local community, particularly needs of our under-served and under-resourced neighbors, and those who do not have a church home or a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ.
This program encourages regular attendees of LCPC to seek funding to start new ministries in the local community, with $50,000 available to fund new ministry proposals. All new ministries will be evaluated after being in operation a year or so, and hopefully several will be selected for expansion. Ministries that seem to offer the greatest likelihood to involve a significant number of LCPC people in service to the local community and significantly address unmet needs effectively and efficiently will be favored for selection for further funding.
Our 2020 Vision strategic plan is focused on growth in personal discipleship and growing God’s kingdom, both the wider church, as well as La Crescenta Presbyterian Church. Additionally, the strategic plan puts extra emphasis on new outreach ministries to our local community (defined as including Pasadena, Glendale, La Canada, La Crescenta, Montrose, Tujunga and Sunland).
People considering submitting a proposal for funding, should read through this two-page document, and review the Outreach Challenge Grants Application Form. We encourage such people to talk informally with one or more of the Outreach Challenge Grants Committees members* to bounce off your ideas prior to submitting the application form. The application form is available on-line at lcpc.net as well as in the church office.
* Ed Carlson (moderator), Scott Carpenter, Aubrie Cary, Mitch Clem, Carlo Manookian, Cindy Guenther-Williams, and Andy Wilson (ex-officio).
Once submitted, a Committee member will contact the submitter to further discuss the proposal for clarification purposes, provide coaching as needed, and identify additional information the Committee will need prior to final review. The Committee as a whole will then review all applications that have been through the initial review process and have been updated (if needed) at their quarterly meeting We hope this two-step process will be helpful to the submitter and allow us to provide funding for many new ministry start-ups.
In reviewing proposals for funding, we will be looking for proposals that are most responsive to the following key criteria:
- There is a passionate leader who is fully committed to implementing the proposal and seeing it through to fruition.
- Addresses unmet needs in our local community, particularly needs of our under-served or under-resourced neighbors, and those who do not have a church home or a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Calls for LCPC people to go out into the local community to serve people where they are.
- Facilitates relationship building through multiple interactions with those served, such that trust is built, dialogue is open, and understanding is gained, in order to optimize effectiveness in meeting unmet needs.
- Has potential to involve significant numbers of LCPC people in serving the local community, and grow beyond its initial scope to involve more LCPC people and have greater impact on the local community if ministry is selected for additional funding.
- Leverages existing ministries - churches, para-church and other community-based organizations - which should increase the likelihood of the proposal’s success.
- Utilizes funding sources other than the LCPC Challenge Grants Program (e.g. matching grant from employer, funds from a partner ministry/organization – see 6. above)
- Prepares LCPC participants to more effectively meet the unmet needs in our local community.