Salt and Light Grants

Salt and Light Policies and Procedures

Jesus warned his followers not to save up treasure but to be generous in serving others and building God’s realm.  The purpose of the Salt and Light grant is to empower members of the First Congregational Church of Cheshire to undertake outreach and mission in ways they would otherwise be unable, except for financial assistance, as they feel called and as the church discerns their call to be worthy of support. ‘Outreach’ and ‘mission’ are defined as direct service to others or the creation of a hands-on mission project. It is not in the spirit of the grant that it provide a benefit to the recipient of the grant, but to the people the recipient intends to serve. The grant is not intended to support an institution, such as a gift to a homeless shelter, but to support an individual as they are called to direct service in the name of Jesus. The grant is intended to equip the person applying for the grant to use their gifts and talents in direct service to God’s people.


Guidelines for Consideration
Grants should be awarded when they fit the purposes described above.  Preference will be given to members of the congregation or their children, or active non- members. Friends of the congregation may be considered in unusual circumstances, or in the case of a grant to a group (ie a grant to a mission trip that might include a minority number of non-church members).

How to apply: Complete the application below and return to the church office.  Your application will be considered by the Board of Outreach in consultation with the clergy at the next Outreach meeting after receipt. 

​Follow-up: The Board of Outreach requests a written report describing the use of the grant, usually after the project is complete, but may ask for updates during the course of a project. The Board may also ask the recipient of the grant to report in person to the Board and/or to the congregation.