The Black Leadership Project was created in 1970 by the United Christian Missionary Society. Funding is provided by interest income from a bequest of the sale of Mount Beulah Farm. Funds are granted to applicants whose projects develop, nurture, and strengthen church leadership in African American congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Poplar Hill Christian Church in Ridgeville, SC was awarded a BLP Grant in 2018 for their annual Summer Reading Camp. This event overall offers a summer outlet for children in the community. This camp is now averaging 50-100 children a week, made up of African American youth; ages 3-17.
A project, for the purpose of awarding this grant, will be defined as an event, activity, or resource that develops, nurtures, and strengthens lay and/or clergy leadership of the African American congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Project categories must include one or more of the following:
Leadership in Congregational Life – To provide educational opportunities and/or training for leaders within the congregation such as teachers, officers, committee chairpersons, constituency groups, etc.
Leadership in Outreach Ministries – To provide development opportunities for congregational leaders to serve the community in mission, locally and globally.
Faith Development of Leaders – To prepare and nurture future leaders in the ministry of the Church through spiritual growth opportunities such as retreats, spiritual direction, auditing courses, and mission trips/experiences.
Scholarship Support for Leaders – To assist participants (lay and clergy) in attending particular educational events or programs such as those provided by the Institute for African American Faith and Life of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).Note: Leadership Grant funds may not be used toward an academic degree program (other funds are available for academic training).
Leadership in African American Programming – To assure that new and vital ministry continues to be developed and offered to the African American constituency of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
All requests will be considered, up to $5,000. There is no minimum request.
The deadline for the Grants is May 31st of each year. If you are interested in submitting a project please review the guidelines and application. Submit completed applications no later than May 31st to Marissa Ivey Chiles, Ministry Associate, 317-713-2641.
***Please contact Rev. Sheila Spencer, 317-713-2634 with any questions***