2021 Vitality Awards

2021 Vitality Awards

Vitality can be understood as the vital force that supplies us with power to live, endure, adapt, and thrive as we meet the changing cultural dynamics around us. Vitality stimulates new and evolving ways to deepen our connections, our faith development, as well as fostering individual and organizational growth.

Vitality is reciprocal (both giving and receiving) in that our vital force allows us to meet needs around us in a new way through service, and at the same time receive life from engaging in that service.

Vitality is that creative, sustaining, evolutionary force that paves the way and points the way to a new and bright future.

The Vitality awards are offered by the Michigan Conference United Church of Christ through its Vital Growth Mission Area Team (VGMAT).  Your church or UCC ministry group can request a grant of up to $5,000 to support your project or ministry.  The VGMAT will evaluate all requests and grant either full or partial funding primarily based on your response to the questions below:

  1. What is the title or name of your project?
  2. Summerize your project
    In a couple of paragraphs, describe an overview of your project, as an executive summary.
    Your vision, or calling, how it works and why it makes sense.
  3. What need or purpose is being addressed?
    What unmet need, or opportunity is being addressed by this project. You may include demographic information from MissionInsite, for example, or other information that demonstrates a compelling need. How well will this project meet that need?
  4. What is innovative about your project?
    Describe what is new, innovative, or unique about this project. What other options did you consider? Why was this option the best, or the selected solution or approach? If it's been done before, what is new about this particular project?
  5. How will this project impact church vitality?
    How will this project increase your community vitality, its growth, ministries touches, and its ability to spread the love and teachings of Jesus Christ?
  6. Describe your development plan or schedule
    How will you get the job done? What are your goals and are they measurable and realistic? 
    What is your time-line, schedule or step-by-step plan? Assuming you get your grant, what happens when the money is used, does the project end or continue?
  7. What is your financial plan?
    How will this funding impact your project? What other funding is being used? Will you use volunteer time to accomplish this project, if so how many people and approximate total hours of volunteer effort is expected? Are there other fund raising planned for this project?


Due Date: September 15, 2021

Please send grant applications to:

Vital Growth Mission Area Team
Michigan Conference UCC
P.O. Box 1006
East Lansing, MI 48826-1006

Or e-mail to:

Lisa Soulliere This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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