Applying for an MG&O Grant

Every year MG&O makes grants to a variety of non-profit organizations that work at the local, national or international level. Applications are reviewed by the committee and selected for fit with the Matthew mission statement and alignment with priorities identified through surveys of the Congregation. 

MG&O conducts surveys of FCC members to identify priority needs to which MG&O should direct its grant-giving. In 2015, our survey confirmed FCC’s top three priorities as homelessness, abuse & neglect, and hunger. Our preference is to support local organizations, but we also support national and international causes. In 2017, the Congregation affirmed through an additional survey support for a broad span of programs serving the homeless.

In 2017, we supported 14 organizations with operating, program, and strategic impact grants totaling $42,500. Because of a reduced Mission Giving budget, this was a significant reduction from previous years, and our emphasis was on support for the homeless.

Grant Cycle Schedule for 2019

Friday, March 15 - tentative date for Grant Process Opening

Saturday, June 15 - Application Deadline

August 15 - Grantees notified

September 1 - Grants awarded

See below to learn more about the process...

2018 MG&O Application Process

The 2018 Grant Application

Process has now closed.

In recent years, the FCC congregation has identified homelessness as a top priority for the Congregation's Mission Giving, followed by concerns such as abuse and neglect, hunger, mental healthcare, and human rights. We welcome applications addressing a variety of local concerns, but applicants should understand that, with limited funds, we are not able to fund all request

Should you have any questions, please email the MG&O Committee.

2018 MG&O Guidelines & Application

There are two parts to applying for a grant from First Congregational Church.

1) Complete and Submit the Application Form (bottom of this page)


  • Email a type-written request within 10 minutes of submitting the form to the MG&O Committee.
  • Email a copy of your 501(c)(3) designation letter within 10 minutes of submitting the form to the MG&O Committee.

In your typewritten request, please include:

  • a description of your organization
  • a description of your project
  • specify how this grant will be used
  • if you've been a past grant recipient from our church, please detail how the grant money was used and its impact on your organization.
  • a list of any FCUCC members involved with your organization. 
  • You are welcome to include any other information that will support your request.

This process has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has submitted a Grant Application.