Funding Missional Innovation

in our Parishes for the

Renewal of Northwestern Ohio and the World

Spirit of the Grant

Make disciples who recognize the needs of their community and are encouraged to respond with creativity and a passion to serve.

Equip leaders with the resources to be imaginative in outreach.

Strengthen parishes through original projects that reach beyond our church buildings and address the needs of our community in this time.

Nurture new and adaptable ways for the people of Northwestern Ohio to be in community.

All applicants should

imagine the needs of their community

through these four lenses.

The Call

Being the church in our particular contexts provides a unique opportunity to use our creativity to share the Good News with our communities. As people of faith, we are called into mission, defined by hope and tenacity, to support our neighbor and be of service to each other. We are called by God to ministry that reaches beyond the walls of our Church buildings and better connects to the life of our communities. When we are tempted to turn inward, the Holy Spirit calls us out.

Holy innovation and dreams are unique components as people of faith ever committed to reformation and renewal in our spaces. In recognition of the Year of Vision, the Northwestern Ohio Synod is excited to provide the resources to support and equip innovative proposals for people of faith to generously work towards the the renewal of Northwestern Ohio and the world.

The Purpose

Imagining Renewal Microgrants are intended to offer support and resources to individuals, congregations, and organizations with the desire to engage in an original community-based project that uniquely meets a need of the community, encourages social engagement, and furthers the gospel.

These grants are designed to sustain current outreach ministries but encourage new and needed engagement with our communities. Funding may be used to assist a currently operating program to innovate and meet an identified need in a new and creative way that grows relationship with neighbors and encourages a life of active faith beyond the walls of church buildings.


Any congregation, individual or community organization that is in relationship with a faith community in Northwestern Ohio is welcome to develop a proposal, in partnership with other individuals or ministries.

Outreach Re-imagined

Jesus provided food for the hungry and also advocated for a world in which everyone would always have their fill. What does it look like for us to reimagine outreach ministries through the lens of relationships and support that break cycles and renew our communities? These projects will beimagined in partnership with folks engaged by the ministry. Renewed ministry models will be oriented beyond collection and distribution, growing relationships, and providing opportunities for lasting change.

Neighbor Love

Our neighborhood is where we are called to care for God’s people. In collaboration with neighbors who are not a part of the applying organization or congregation, projects will dream up a way to connect, resource, and celebrate the unique context of their neighborhood, and the people who live there. Proposals should be specifically designed to the great gifts and needs of the local community.

Youth + Young Adult

Young people are an important part of our communities. Proposals will imagine providing space and encouragement for young people within a specific community and be developed in conjunction with the youth / parents / families who will be the focus of the project. Projects can support youth of any age, engaging with a local daycare, or even supporting college students or young adults in the community.


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Awards up to $2,000

Seeding Future Growth

Funding for these grants has been made possible through generous donors just like you. Together these gifts have made $60,000 available for supporting innovative projects during this Spring 2022 round of Imagining Renewal Microgrants. We pray that this generosity will seed further generosity from those who value this ministry and have experienced its impact on their community.

Each awardee organization will be asked to prayerfully consider how in the future they may aspire to join in this generosity and give back to the Imagining Renewal Fund. Microgrant recipients are asked to aspire to give back at least 10% of the grant monies awarded in the year following the completion of their proposed project. This donation could be provided by donors within the awardee’s community inspired by the impact of their project, by a fundraiser they organize, or by funds that the awardees have the ability to designate. A concern over being able to donate back to the fund should not deter any individual or organization from proposing their project and does not have any bearing on eligibility.

Additionally, it is a high value of this initiative to imagine what each project could grow into in the future. We do not do this work alone. Each application is required to have two co-creative leaders engaged in the design and implementation of the proposed project. This may be a pastor and lay person, a staff member and client, a youth and an adult, a family and a teacher or any combination of ways that we walk through the world together in our communities. Coaches will ask about the specific dynamics of these teams, as heathy discipleship is collaborative and an important part of sustainable ministry.