SoCal Baptist Ministries is a religious nonprofit organization focused on providing small missions and ministry grants to California Southern Baptist churches and their related organizations and entities.
Our mission is to empower Southern Baptist mission and ministry projects in California that will in turn reach people for Christ and strengthen the sponsoring church or ministry.
Our grants are funded by the earnings from an endowment created when the Norwalk Christian Towers retirement center was sold in 2013. That retirement center was constructed in the 1970's on property adjacent to the First Baptist Church of Norwalk. (See History)
These grants are only made to Southern Baptist churches and affiliated organizations that have a 501(c)(3) designation with the IRS.
To be considered for a SoCal grant, your church needs to be a financial contributor to the Cooperative Program of the California Southern Baptist Convention.
Out of our desire to serve as many ministries as possible, we would like to suggest that your church or organizations submit no more than two requests per calendar year. Eligibility for a grant requires that a church must be participating in annual contributions to the California Southern Baptist Convention.
Grants are normally made for the following types of projects.
-- Evangelistic Outreach Projects or Events
-- Ministry Outreach Projects or Events
-- Missions Projects or Events
-- Disaster Relief Efforts
-- Hunger Relief Efforts
Grant applications may be filled out online using the forms on this website or by printing out a copy of the application and mailing it to the address provided. Grants are not provided for capital improvements, equipment*, or staffing.
The Socal Board meets four times a year. Below is the meeting schedule for meetings in 2018. Please take note of these dates and deadline for submissions when planning your events for the year. We do not want any organization to miss an opportunity because they have missed the deadline for submitting an application.
· February 24, 2018 - The deadline for submitting your application for consideration at the February meeting is January 26, 2018.
· May 19, 2018 - The deadline for submitting your application for consideration at the May meeting is April 20, 2018.
· August 18, 2018 - The deadline for submitting your application for consideration at the August meeting is July 20, 2018.
· November 10, 2018 - The deadline for submitting your application for consideration at the November meeting is October 12, 2018.
If you are interested in applying for a ministry or missions grant please go to our Grant Application page.
*(The Board does give consideration to funding ministry supplies).