Living Water Association

Faith in Action Grants Program

Changing the world—one neighborhood at a time.

Our Purpose

Our Goals

Our Priority Areas

Our Ministry Partners

Previous Grantees

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All applications to be considered for the Spring Cycle are due by May 1


Our Purpose


Our grants program supports congregations
as they turn faith into action by building
strong, resilient, beloved

Our Goals



Goal 1:
Differentiate Our Approach

Continually differentiate our approach to community engagement from problematic notions of Christian mission.

Goal 2:
Support Without Control

Increase awareness about the tendencies of service programs to support and maintain systems of control and oppression.

Goal 3:
Champion Prophetic Action

Support congregations in moving their ministries beyond direct service by championing prophetic action.

Goal 4:
Model Collaborative Empowerment

Ensure our grant programs are equitable, cede power to our congregations, and support ministry programs that are in direct collaboration with and led by those who are closest to the ministry.

Goal 5:
Model Trust and Collaboration

Limit the information we require to what can be demonstrated to be beneficial for our Association and, more importantly, for the congregations we are supporting.

Our Priority Areas


A right to food is about more than preventing hunger. It is about ensuring health and well-being.


Everyone deserves housing that allows them to live with dignity, regardless of their income level.


The opposite of poverty is dignity. Dignity is freedom. It is choice. It is having control over decisions in our lives.


Building a just world starts by strengthening community partnerships and organizing for social change.

Our Ministry Partners


Greater Cleveland Congregations

Greater Cleveland Congregations unites people across lines of race, class, religion, and geography to take actions that strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods.

United Protestant Campus Ministries

UPCaM is a Christ-centered ministry welcoming all students into an open and caring community to connect, explore their faith and make an impact on our world.

United Church Homes

United Church Homes today is transforming the experience of aging for thousands of people, providing comfortable and affordable housing and healthcare for older adults.

Previous Grantees


Avon Lake UCC

In 2020, our grant funding supported Avon Lake UCC’s partnership with Neighborhood Alliance Haven Center in Lorain, OH to establis of a new Employment Resource Center.

Plymouth UCC of Shaker Heights

In 2020, grant funding provided continued support for Plymouth Church’s Children’s Garden. Their program is designed to teach children about caring for creation. With this support, they have developed a student-led farmers market at the church, with all of the proceeds going to support the Cleveland Food Bank.

Family Promise of Greater Cleveland

Family Promise of Greater Cleveland provides families facing the crisis of homelessness with a safe place designed to engage, inspire, and guide them toward a future where they feel empowered to control the course of their lives.

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Contact Us

For more information about our
Faith in Action Grants Program,

Rev. Michael Anthony Howard
Minister of Faith in Action
Living Water Association, ONE

p: 330.814.7663