Eighteen DREAM Grants awarded

$172,500 to fund risky experimental mission in 15 presbyteries, 7 synods

February 11, 2016

DREAM Grants fund missional ventures creating opportunities for congregations like the Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms, Calif., and its Lifetree Café that will create a safe conversation space on a military base for those who have no religious affiliation.

DREAM Grants fund missional ventures creating opportunities for congregations like the Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms, Calif., and its Lifetree Cafe to create a safe conversation space near a military base for those who have no religious affiliation.

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Eighteen new missional ventures in churches and presbyteries have received Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission (DREAM) Grants totaling $172,500 from Presbyterian Mission Agency.

The 18 missional projects—spread across 15 presbyteries, representing seven synods—were recommended by the DREAM Fund Committee under the guidance of Mission Program Grants, in Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministry, and approved at the Mission Agency Board meetings last week.

The recipients represent a diverse range of new mission initiatives and are listed in alphabetical order below by project name, followed by synod, presbytery, and partner congregation, (if any). Click here for a synopsis of each missional venture.

($10,000 GRANTS)
Ark Arts, The Anchor Project, Synod of the Southwest, Santa Fe Presbytery

  •  Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Beaux-Arts Musicians & Storytellers for Peace, Synod of the Trinity

  • Initiative of the Peacemaking Committee of the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery

Bel-Mar Community Garden, Synod of South Atlantic, Presbytery of Tampa Bay

  • Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Tampa Florida

Bridge, Synod of South Atlantic, Presbytery of Foothills

  • Salem Presbyterian Church, Anderson, South Carolina

Creciendo Junto, Synod of Southern California & Hawaii, San Diego Presbytery

  • Grace Presbyterian Church, Vista, California

Dual Language Worship, Synod of the Southwest, Grand Canyon Presbytery

  • Heritage Presbyterian Church, Glendale, Arizona

Focus Tutoring Program, Synod of South Atlantic, Presbytery of St. Augustine

  • First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, Florida

Food for Your Soul, Synod of Lakes & Prairies, Northern Plains Presbytery

  • First Presbyterian Church of Grand Forks, North Dakota

Holy Way Mission Associate, Synod of the Southwest, de Cristo Presbytery

  • The Holy Way Presbyterian Church, Tucson, Arizona

Life Tree Café, Riverside Presbytery Synod of Southern of California & Hawaii, Riverside Presbytery

  • Little Church of the Desert, 29 Palms, California,  

Partners in Wellness, Synod of Southern California & Hawaii,

  • Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, Yucca Valley, California

Sankofa Tutorial Program, Synod of South Atlantic, Presbytery of Savannah, Midway

  • First Presbyterian Church, Midway, Georgia

Spot, The, Synod of the Trinity, Philadelphia Presbytery

  • Wayne Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia

Southside Youth Project, Synod of Mid-America, Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery

  • Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri 

The Well, The Synod of the Trinity, Philadelphia Presbytery

  • Admore Presbyterian Church, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Worship Outside the Box, Synod of Southern California & Hawaii, Santa Barbara Presbyter

  • First Presbyterian Church, Santa Paula, California

($7,500 Grant)
Science Based Outreach Event, Synod of the Rocky Mountains, Presbytery of Western Colorado

  • First Presbyterian Church, Grand Junction, Colorado

($5,000 Grant)
Healing Communities Re-Entry, Synod of South Atlantic, Presbytery of Savannah

  • Midway First Presbyterian Church, Midway, Georgia

DREAM Grants are given from the remaining balance of the National Mission Partnership Funds, which closed in 2013. Historically those funds were giving to racial ethnic and rural population congregations in the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.).  

Contact Tim McCallister at Mission Program Grants for more information about the DREAM Grants.