Missional Community Fund
At Park View we regularly say we are a “community of communities engaged in God’s mission” (short-hand for the vision statement above). The Missional Community Fund is one way we try to make good on that statement. This fund is intended to provide some modest financial resources for groups that prayerfully and creatively generate ideas for concrete missional action in their own particular context. We hope that each grant given will further spark the missional imagination of other persons and groups within the congregation, as they watch and listen and discern how to partner with God in God’s mission in our local community.
Some money will be allocated each year through the congregational spending plan, with additional contributions possible, and put into a designated fund for giving grants to PVMC groups that would then apply for these funds. Grant applications are received and processed at any time during the year by the Missional Community Fund Committee appointed by the Missions Commission. Grant decisions are based on available funds, and how closely the projects align with the criteria.
Basic Project Criteria
- The project must be undertaken by a group of at least three unrelated people at PVMC, not by an individual or family only. This can be an already existing group, or a group formed for the express purpose of undertaking the project.
- The persons applying for the funds must be directly and personally involved in the project, ideally giving initiative or leadership to it.
- The nature of the missional activity can vary, including benevolence, justice ministry, evangelism, relational bridge-building, social service, relief work, community development, etc.
- New initiatives will generally be given priority over existing ongoing projects.
- In due time, the group receiving the grant is encouraged to report back to the grant committee and/or congregation on their experiences, learnings, challenges, and outcomes—whether small or great, visible or invisible. All learning outcomes will be celebrated.
Examples of projects that would be considered for funding:
Assisting a neighborhood family going through some catastrophic event
Providing relief to a family or individuals suffering the effects of poverty, addiction, homelessness, mental illness, or the like, when such assistance is aimed at building a lasting, supportive relationship
Planning a community “block party” for the purpose of building new relationships in the group’s neighborhood
Planning a congregational event or festival aimed at our north Park View neighbors and community members
Rebuilding/remodeling/repair for someone in inadequate housing
Planning a concert or other event to reach out to the community with an evangelistic witness
Assisting a new church or missional community in getting established
Planning some event to show hospitality to immigrants in our community
Helping establish a new community service program to meet some unmet
Many other possibilities . . .
Examples of projects that are worthwhile, but are outside the scope or purpose of this fund:
Giving funds to an existing non-profit organization to continue the work they are doing.
Giving funds to an individual member(s) of PVMC to go on short-term mission trips.
Giving funds to projects that are far removed from PVMC geographically, or which have few direct ties to the congregation.
To apply for the funds you may either download the form and return it to the church office, or apply online by clicking the button below.