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 within evolving public health guidelines.  

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. We have all experienced disruption in our daily lives, but that disruption has encouraged us to Holy Innovation. 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.

In recognition of the Year of Generosity, 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

The 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 not intended to sustain current outreach ministries, but rather to encourage new and needed engagement with the community. Funding may be used to assist a currently operating program to innovate and meet an identified need in a new and creative way. Applications should take current and evolving COVID19 public health guidelines into consideration


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


Jesus invited folks into close relationship with Him. They ate together, traveled together learned from shared experience of life in community. What does it look like to disciple and be in relationship with our neighbors beyond the walls of our church?


Everything we have is a gift from God that we are called to share. How can we serve with a posture of generosity in our communities?

Care for Creation

Stewardship of the Earth and the nurturing of all living things are ways we partner with God. Our faith compels us to care for all of creation. How can we reflect God’s creative love for creation in our communities?

Community Regeneration

We serve a God that promises to make all things new. Resurrection, renewal and revitalization are key components of our belief and the way we live out our faith. How can relationships reveal and bridge gaps in our communities? How can we help our neighbors thrive?


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Seeding Future-Oriented Giving

Funding for these grants has been made possible through the Eloise Way Kemner Fund and other generous donors just like you. Together these gifts have made $30,000 available for supporting innovative projects during this spring 2021 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.

The Imagining Renewal fund exists to support innovation and creative care for our communities. 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 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.