The Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission (DREAM) Grant is being offered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency in order to encourage dreamers, risk-takers, pioneers and trailblazers. We need entrepreneurs, church planters and inventors. We need to support people who are not afraid to fail and church cultures that will encourage people to risk failure in order to find new ways to succeed.
This grant is designed to encourage the birth of new ventures through congregations and presbyteries rather than to support the expansion of existing programs within congregations. During 2014, preference was given to ministries that fall within the bounds of the Synods of Alaska-Northwest, Boriquén in Puerto Rico, Rocky Mountains and Southwest, but this year all synods are encouraged to consider making application.
Initiatives may ordinarily receive a one-time DREAM Grant of up to $10,000. These grants are intended to support operating/program purposes such as salary and benefits, insurance, rent, educational materials, etc…
The application allows the writer to add typing space as needed. Photos and/or videos are welcome. After obtaining appropriate partner congregation/ministry and presbytery approval, synod leaders should e-mail as a single attachment the completed proposal to the Office of Mission Program Grants.
Do not be alarmed if the timeframe seems to be short; there will be four cycles to this program: two in 2015 and two in 2016. The program will then conclude, as all available funds will be expended. For 2015 First Cycle, proposals received in your synod’s office by August 17, 2015 should be forwarded to the Office of Mission Program Grants by no later than August 24, 2015 and considered for funding in mid-September. 2015 Second Cycle proposals received in your synod’s office by November 15, 2015 should be forwarded to the Office of Mission Program Grants by no later than November 23, 2015 and considered for funding in mid-December. Notification about the status of the application should occur within five weeks of receipt.