Funding Opportunities


The Mary Blocher Smeltzer Scholarship

In March 1978, the Womaen’s Caucus Steering Committee created a scholarship to further the leadership development of women in the Church of the Brethren. The scholarship honors Mary Blocher Smeltzer, one of the founders of the Women’s Caucus.

The scholarship is designed to enable Brethren women to participate in a variety of opportunities by providing financial assistance. The Womaen’s Caucus believes that leadership takes place in many significant ways including participation in workshops, training events, seminars, conferences, retreats, and short courses. These opportunities may be sponsored by the Church of the Brethren, or ecumenical or secular organizations. Funds do not allow allocation of scholarships for undergraduate or graduate course work.

The scholarship is offered to enable women to continue in the development of identified skills or to learn new ones. In order to assist as many women as possible, individuals may receive only one scholarship, of up to $500.

To apply for the scholarship, please download the application and fill it in electronically or physically and return it via email or physical address. 


Nourish Grant:

For women in ministry

From women in ministry

Micro and Meaningful Grants

What are micro and meaningful grants? These are for moments that nourish. Women in ministry in the Church of the Brethren may apply for a grant of up to $200 once a year. Learn more and apply at