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SMJA Grants

The Central/Southern Illinois Synod Social Ministry, Justice, and Advocacy Committee (SMJA) distributes annual grants to C/SIS congregations or affiliated ministry organizations for outreach programs. The deadline is April 1 of each year. For further questions contact chairperson Pastor Stefan Munker at or 217-851-1250.

  • Grants usually average about $500.
  • The Grant Proposal Request Application form is available below.
  • Grant proposals should follow the form and be limited to three pages in length plus attachments. Proposals that do not follow the form or exceed the length limitation will be returned for revision.
  • The program requires involvement of a C/SIS congregation in the grant process.
  • All proposals must state how a local congregation will actively be involved in the implementation of the project. A letter of commitment from the congregation must be attached to the proposal. When multiple congregations support the project, letters must be attached from each congregation.
  • The deadline for proposals to be received is April 1 of each year. The committee will meet in April to consider proposals.
  • Grant recipients are required to a) submit a mid-year progress report with photos and b) a final report to the committee summarizing their expenditures and describing their progress in achieving their proposed objectives before May 1 the year after initial approval. Success is not required for disbursement of funds, but the reporting of the effort is.
  • Online forms will be automatically sent to the committee. Completed printable proposal applications should be sent to the attention of the SMJA committee to the synod office (524 S 5th St, Springfield, IL 62701), or by email directly to the chairperson:

Please fill out the form below or use the PDF version to submit by paper or email.