Everywhere Jesus went, His presence and actions changed the story for everyone He encountered—the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, the hopeless.
(See Luke 4:16-21)
The Change the Story Fund exists to empower churches to change the story in their own communities. Specifically, it provides seed money for local churches to imagine and implement creative, outcome-based programs to support their communities through the current global pandemic, and the economic recovery that must follow.
(See Luke 4:16-21)
Three ways you can Change the Story right now
Frequently Asked Questions
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It’s easy! Click “Apply” above to download the grant proposal form. Complete the form and e-mail it to ChangetheStory@chog.org. The Proposal Review Team will vet and respond to the proposal within an estimated 5 business days. If the proposal is approved, we will connect with you about how to proceed. If the proposal is not approved, the team will offer feedback on how to strengthen it for the future.
No! Our goal is to support the local church in caring for and engaging their community. The money is a grant given to start the project. There is no requirement to return the funds, only to share your story with us on how the funds were used.
No. There are actually two grant processes, one that deals with issues arising from the pandemic (which is what this document discusses) and one that will be a source of funding to encourage community engagement by churches in general (which will be available in the fall of 2020).
In order to expedite distribution and get relief on the ground, we are limiting the first round of the Change the Story pandemic grants to a maximum of $2,500.
Proposals can be sent in now! We will support projects on a first-come-first-served basis, so we encourage you to apply quickly!
This fund was born out of collaborative conversations between Church of God Ministries, our partners in ministry, and the local church. We are leveraging our communication platforms to amplify the stories of impact from the local church, and we are committed to distributing the funds received through these efforts back out to the local church for continued and enhanced kingdom impact.