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2023 Grants Available to the Presbyteries of the Synod Of South Atlantic

The Synod of South Atlantic would like to support the ministry of Jesus Christ for your presbytery by providing the following grants from various donors’ gifts, as well as from the Synod’s own funds. These funds are available in addition to the Synod mission and program funds.  The fund availability will be announced at the beginning of each year, and all applications will be considered until funds are depleted. Applications may be sent beginning each January. Please announce these grants’ availability to potential beneficiaries so they may apply. When the Synod receives an application, the Ministry Support Committee (MSC) will approve/disapprove of the application, or modify the grant amount. Spencer grants do not need Committee approval and will be sent from the office when received. If you would like to have more information, please contact the Synod office at 904.356.6070. All grant applications submitted must have prior signature approval from the home Presbytery.

Grant Name

Available To


Disaster Fund
Deadline — November 9, 2023


For any disaster within the Synod

Peacemaking FundDeadline — November 9, 2023


For any Peacemaking matter within the Synod

John and Phyllis Ogden FundDeadline — November 9, 2023

Any Educational Program in an Institution with a covenant with the Synod

For the furtherance of the Synod’s Educational program, with priority given to Eckerd College.

Edward H. Uderitz Fund
Deadline — November 9, 2023

Florida Churches

Development of physical structures and equipment.

Robert Olan Spencer Memorial Fund
Deadline — November 28, 2023

Presbytery identifies Inquirer/Candidate

For Inquirers and Candidates who are in an M.Div. program. Each requesting presbytery will receive $1000 for either one student, or two students, per presbytery. The Presbytery’s CPM will determine recipients.

Hemphill Fund
Deadline — December 31, 2023

Small Church (100 members or less) in South Carolina

Send application to the Association of Smaller Congregations (ASC). Address is on the form. 

Hawkins Grant:

In 2017, the Synod was the beneficiary of two estates, Howard Hawkins and Isabella Hawkins. Both wills’ designated a percentage to the Synod for theological education scholarships, totaling nearly $432,000. In 2018, the funds were invested for three years, allowing the corpus to grow.

Please see the following grant application and guidelines for the 2023 Hawkins awards. Grant application deadline is July 1, 2023. 

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