Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities.
Most UCC congregations will receive the NIN offering on October 7, 2018 as part of their World Communion Sunday observance. however, some local churches select another date. NIN contributions can be made on-line at any time .
Apply for a Grant
Applications accepted August 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018. The online application process includes a short prequalifying assessment, a grant application, and FAQ’s to assist you along the way. First time project grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. (Note: Only a handful of $10K grants will be awarded annually.) Only UCC congregations and organizations are eligible to submit proposals. These requests must relate to work supported by General Synod actions in one of the following programmatic areas:
- The Rights and Freedoms of all Persons
- Environmental Justice
- Economic Justice.
For Grant Recipients:
If you were a recipient of a Neighbors in Need (NIN) grant, help us inform our members whose contributions to NIN have made your grant possible about how lives have been transformed because of their generosity.
may be shared in a variety of forms as we promote inspired giving to NIN.
2018 Neighbors in Need Offering Resources
The 2018 theme for the NIN offering is "Love of Neighbor." Most UCC congregations will receive the NIN offering on Sunday, October 7, 2018 as part of their World Communion Sunday observance, but local churches may also select a different date.
To download the digital files, including three posters, bulletin inserts, leader's guide, cover art and social media graphics - fill out the form below.