The Champion Grant exists to come alongside student ministry champions with financial support for their ministry ideas.
You can apply for the Champion Grant as a diocese, church, rector, student ministry team, student minister, or as a middle/high school student. You can apply for a Champion Grant up to twice in one calendar year. Champion Grant funds are intended to supplement the financial cost of a ministry idea. For students with an idea, make sure you've shared your ministry idea with a church leader and have their support.
For those who receive the Champion Grant, we want to hear how your ministry idea worked! Everyone who receives funds will be invited to share feedback and celebrations.
Champion Grant Stories
Blessings Bags for Homeless Neighbors
In Tempe, Arizona, a student recognized a need in her community and wanted to mobilize her church to do something about it. With 10,000 families homeless in their state and about 7,000 of them in their city, it became clear to the student ministry at Living Faith Anglican Church that they needed a practical way to help. Blake Plympton, the Director of Youth Ministry, shared, “We have been seeking ways to have a missional encounter with our community. After a student mentioned making blessing bags, God made it very clear us that this is something we needed to do.”
Students first spent time learning more about the felt needs within their community. With funding from the Champion Grant, these students then put together 36 bags to be handed out in their community. Not only did they put together the bags, students were instrumental in handing them out as a part of their daily lives. Blake noted, “I wanted to make sure that our students felt empowered to take on this task and ask their parents to be intentional with the way they drive and what exits they take off freeways and such.”
Throughout this project, students were challenged in their way of thinking about the needs around them. They were also invited to take on new initiative in serving their community. Parents were grateful, though some were surprised, that students were invited to take the initiative in seeking out people to whom they could give the bags. This was an eye-opening experience for young people at Living Faith and a practical way for them to serve and respond to the needs of their community. As we love and lead young people, how are we sending students out with the love of the Father?