Header.png

 Grants and Funding


The Grants Committee of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta updates and releases new grant information on this page periodically.  Please check frequently.  You may contact the committee at grants@atlpcusa.org if you have questions.

All Grants and Funding resources for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta are listed below.  Please find the downloadable applications at the end of each grant description.

Compassion Grant

History of Compassions Grant

The Campaign for Compassion was established in the 1980s by the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta to assist the ministries of Presbyterian congregations in the inner city of metro Atlanta. The Compassion Grant was also established to support innovative congregation-based projects in urban ministry, facility repair, and clergy/seminary student training for urban ministry.

Projects/ministries will be funded in the following priority: Project/Program Priorities of the Compassion Fund (Maximum Request: $5000.00)

The project/program priorities for grants from the Compassion Fund are:

Innovative congregation-based projects in urban ministry
Program and/or facility repair assistance for urban congregations
Clergy or seminary student training for urban ministry
Other projects/programs related to urban churches and urban ministries

Compassion Fund grants are given to member churches of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and approved fellowships. Other projects/programs can be recommended by churches in the Presbytery or by the Grants Committee. Typically, non-Presbyterian, ecumenical and community agencies are not funded by the Compassion Fund.


Geographic Priorities of the Compassion Fund

  • Presbyterian Churches in the urban core of Atlanta and Decatur

  • Presbyterian Churches in Fulton and DeKalb Counties

  • Presbyterian Churches in Transitional Areas in all parts of the Presbytery affected by urban life.

This grant application is due on October 15, 2019.  There is no training for this grant.

Download Compassion Grant Application - MS Word

Download the Grant Evaluation Form


PATH Grant

PATH (Presbyterian Answer to Hunger) Grants are typically offered each fall. However, due to very low participation in the Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run last Spring and, therefore, very little money available for PATH grants, the PATH Grant will not be offered in 2019. The Grants Committee is hoping that participation levels will be back up for the 2020 Hunger Walk/Run and that the grant can be offered again next fall. (Mark your calendar: The 2020 hunger walk will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Please plan to participate!)

History of PATH

In 1970, Atlanta Presbytery formed a task force on world hunger in response to the previous year’s General Assembly concern ”that world hunger is so real and grave that the problem is a top priority concern of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. and that all possible resources for at least the next five years must be focused on ways and means of dealing with this problem.” Over the next years, task forces sponsored hunger projects, including media programs on hunger, Meals-on-Wheels programs and advocacy work.

It became apparent by early 1976 that the General Assembly priority on hunger would continue; so the task force began planning for a major emphasis to be supported by the whole presbytery. The result was a well-developed plan under which the Atlanta Presbytery would support a three-year world hunger program to include projects in Ghana, West Africa and Atlanta. The presbytery endorsed the plan overwhelmingly and Presbyterian Answer to Hunger, PATH, came into existence.

Projects/ministries will be funded in the following priority: Project/Program Priorities of the PATH Grant (Maximum Request: $5000.00)


The project/program priorities for grants from the PATH Fund are:

  • Start up funding for an innovative congregation-based project addressing the hunger-related needs of their community

  • Existing programs or new initiatives which address long term solutions to hunger-related problems.

  • PATH Fund grants are given to member churches of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and approved fellowships. Other projects/programs can be recommended by churches in the Presbytery or by the Grants Committee. Typically, non-Presbyterian, ecumenical and community agencies are not funded by the PATH Fund.

This grant application is due on October 15, 2018.  There is no training for this grant.

Download P.A.T.H. Grant Application - MS Word

Download the Grant Evaluation Form


Other Grant Opportunities 

The Grants Committee of Council also offers two additional funding opportunities for congregations within the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.

The Youth and Young Adult Grant provides for ministries with youth and young adults. The grants are designed to enable creative, life-transforming ministries with young people to take hold and begin to spread throughout our Presbytery of Greater Atlanta (PGA), our communities and ultimately, the Presbyterian Church (USA). Funded projects will address the causes of critical issues related to young people in their local context, with an eye towards how their work can have a broad impact on the priorities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Seminarian Stipend Award is designed for Presbyterian individuals who are currently enrolled in seminary and are actively serving a ministry program with children or youth in a PGA congregation.  This is a $2,000 stipend and may be awarded a second year by reapplication.

The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program is seeking applications for this year’s rewards. The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary provide funds to congregations to support renewal leaves for their pastors. Congregations may apply for grants of to $50,000 to underwrite a renewal program for their pastor and for the pastor’s family, with up to $15,000 of those funds available to the congregation to help cover costs for ministerial supply while the pastor is away. There is no cost to the congregations or the pastors to apply; the grants represent the Endowment’s continued investment in renewing the health and vitality of American Christian congregations. Interested parties can find more information at www.cpx.cts.edu/renewal. Grace and Peace, Reverend Dr. SanDawna Gaulman Ashley Assistant Stated Clerk Manager, Call Process Support and Teaching Elders Ministry Office of the General Assembly Mid Council Ministries 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202 (502)569-5730 Sandawna.ashley@pcusa.org