In the last four years, Jamestown (IN) Christian Church has received 14 grants totaling more than $110,000—including one used to learn how to write grant applications!
The congregation, located about 30 miles west of Indianapolis, began researching the process in 2003 and was awarded its first grant in 2007. JCC has received grants for a variety of uses, including beautifying its 17-acre property, building a shelter house for public use, and maintaining its food and clothing pantry. In 2010 the church received a grant of matching funds from the Indianapolis Center for Congregations to hire a design and build firm and develop a master site plan for its new location.
Other sources for grants included local community foundations, charitable trusts, and Wal-Mart.
Church leaders say they have learned several valuable lessons during this eight-year journey, including the importance of setting aside a budget for grant writing expenses, networking with local foundations, and carefully selecting the research and writing team.