Scholarships and Grants

Unless otherwise noted:

Scholarship funding is based on need, merit and available funds at time of application.
Preference given to first-time applicants.
Applications received by the 15th of the month will be processed by the end of the month.

2023-24 Higher Education Grant – to support campus ministry endeavors of local churches & approved ministry partners.  DEADLINE November 15, 2023


Christian Education and Youth Ministry Grant – to support Christian education and youth ministry endeavors of local churches.

Justice Ministry & Mission Grant – to support justice ministry and mission endeavors of local churches.

MID (Member In Discernment) Scholarship – to provide financial support to Covenant Association MIDs.

N.O.W. (Need, Opportunity &  Witness) Grant – to support the needs, gospel Witness and ministry opportunities of Covenant churches.

Vogel Fund – to support and promote lay ministry and lay leadership.




The Vital Growth Mission Area Team will be accepting new grant applications until September 15, 2023.

Grant guidelines:
In order to establish a perpetual memorial for her beloved son, John C. Dayton, Bertha C. Dayton entrusted funds to the Congregational Home Missionary Society at her death. The will stipulated that income shall be used in aiding and assisting rural, small town or village churches in the state of Michigan and in the support of their pastors and families.

Preference will be given to churches in communities with a population of less than 15,000.

Grant Request Form




Immanuel United Church of Christ – Detroit, as it was disbanding, decided to use their remaining funds to endow a scholarship for seminary students preparing for ordination and service in the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ. Each year, awards are made to multiple seminarians within our Conference. These awards are significant and can be a factor in making it financially possible for aspiring ministers to attend seminary. The Faith Formation Mission Area Team is responsible for selecting recipients and making the awards.

Due to changes in the way that candidates for ministry are pursuing formation, and to the numbers pursuing formation, the focus of the Immanuel Scholarship has been broadened. Priority will still go to Members in Discernment within the Michigan Conference who are pursuing paths to ministry – whether through a seminary education or through alternative paths. The deadline for submitting applications (or renewal requests) for those scholarships is May 1st of the current year. Awards are granted during the summer so that funds can be disbursed at the beginning of the Fall seminary schedules. A student is eligible for the scholarship for a maximum of three (3) Full Time years or equivalent (e.g. four to six Part Time years).

As funds allow after June 1st, awards will also be available on a rolling basis for continuing education for authorized ministers in the Michigan Conference who are actively involved in conference, parish or specialized ministry. A separate application is available for these candidates.

Immanuel Scholarship Guidelines

Immanuel Scholarship MID Application

Immanuel Scholarship Continuing Education Application


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