Grants Guidelines

Compassion Fund

Compassion Fund is for helping our own active CMC members, or regular attenders. Financial needs are presented to the Grants Committee for consideration from small groups, pastors, or Sunday School classes. Each request will be kept confidential and reviewed on an individual basis.

There is a limit of $2,000 per family, per calendar year. Compassion Funds are not loans. Compassion Funds are given as gifts, but if a person would like to replenish the Compassion Fund, they are free to do so at any time.


  1. The request process may be initiated by the Pastoral Team, small groups or Sunday School classes.
  2. An application form must be completed; phone call messages, emails, or typed papers will not be accepted. Application forms are available online or from the church office.
  3. The completed application form will be submitted to the Chair of the Grants Committee for consideration by the committee.
  4. An individual or family may make multiple requests throughout the year. If the total of the requests exceeds $2,000 per calendar year, see point number 5.
  5. The Grants Committee will discuss the request, and make a decision on it. If the request is for more than $2,000 per calendar year limit, it will be taken to Church Council for approval.
  6. Upon approval, the application form will be given to the Church Administrator with the payment request for funds. The Church Administrator will issue the check, make two copies and disburse the check.
  7. Payment will be made either to an individual or directly to a collecting agency.
  8. If a compassion fund request was submitted to Everence, the Everence matching will be applied back to the compassion fund. If local agency support donation was used, then Everence matching will be applied back to the general budget Everence Matching income support.

Educational Grants – Mennonite Undergraduate Institutions

Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, CMC will provide $2000 each year to students who attend a Mennonite Church college or university. Prior to that school year, the amount was $1000 for many years. Guidelines to receive the money are that the student and/or parent(s) have been full or associate members at CMC for ten months prior to the school year for which they are requesting grant money. The student and/or the parent(s) must also be currently attending CMC. If a family leaves the area or changes churches, the student will be grandfathered in for one year only. College/university students are eligible to receive grant money for four years while getting their first degree. This grant money is matched by each school. Application forms are available in late winter from the Grants Committee and must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Committee by the requested date. All requests for grant money must be submitted each year to the Grants Committee.

Educational Grants – Eastern Mennonite School (8600-150)

Children and youth of CMC whose guardian/parent(s) are members of CMC are eligible for educational need-based grants to attend Eastern Mennonite Schools. Students enrolled at Eastern Mennonite School (Kindergarten to Grade 12), will complete a CMC application form. The amount of each grant is determined by the household’s demonstrated financial need through a third party financial aid agency and the FAST eligibility form. The full financial need for each student will be met by CMC (50%) and EMS (50%).

Educational Grants – Anabaptist Institutional Scholarships (3245-109)

Tax exempt contributions may be given to a special fund for scholarships for students attending other peace colleges/universities and seminaries (see list below). Persons may contribute to this fund at any time. All money that is collected will be distributed evenly among those who request this money. Each scholarship will not exceed the amount that the Mennonite college students receive for the year. Applications will be accepted through the Grants Committee for the upcoming school year. The guidelines for receiving this grant are identical to the above criteria.

Everence Matching Funds

Various matching Grants are available through Everence to persons attending CMC. Requests are processed through the Grants Committee to the Everence representative. Receipts of bills are often needed to accompany the application for this matching grant.

Anabaptist Institutions

Undergraduate Level

Bethany Bible InstituteMBHepburn SK
Bethel CollegeMC USANorth Newton KS
Bluffton UniversityMC USABluffton OH
Bridgewater CollegeCOBBridgewater VA
Canadian Mennonite UniversityMC CANWinnipeg MB
Columbia Bible CollegeMBAbbotsford BC
Conrad Grebel Univ. CollegeMC CANWaterloo ON
Eastern Mennonite UniversityMC USAHarrisonburg VA
Elizabethtown CollegeCOBElizabethtown PA
Fresno Pacific UniversityMBFresno CA
Goshen CollegeMC USAGoshen IN
Hesston CollegeMC USAHesston KS
Juniata CollegeCOBHuntingdon PA
McPherson CollegeCOBMcPherson KS
Manchester CollegeCOBNorth Manchester IN
Messiah CollegeBICGrantham PA
Rosedale Bible CollegeConservative MennoniteIrwin OH
Steinbach Bible CollegeMB and EMBSteinbach MB
Tabor CollegeMBHillsboro KS
University of LaVerneCOBLaVerne CA
Menn. Brethren Bible CollegeMBWinnipeg MB

Seminary Level

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical SeminaryElkhart IN
Eastern Mennonite SeminaryHarrisonburg VA
Mennonite Brethren Biblical SeminaryFresno CA
Toronto Mennonite Theological CenterToronto ON

Peace Studies

Center for Peacemaking & Conflict StudiesFresno CA
Conflict Transformation ProgramHarrisonburg VA
Institute for Peace and Conflict StudiesWaterloo ON