Grant Opportunities


Covenant Children’s Ministries continues to work in the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church and beyond through our grant programs. For more information, or to apply for a specific grant, use the links below.

> The Ronald Lee Sterner Trust Fund
> CCM Program Grants for At-Risk Children and Youth

The Ronald Lee Sterner Trust Fund

Ronald Lee Sterner was adopted through Covenant Children’s Home by the Sterner family in the 1950’s. Tragically Ronald died as a young child. In 1957 the Sterner family established the Ronald Lee Sterner Trust in his memory. The Board of Covenant Children’s Home was named as the Administrator of the trust. The purpose of the trust to was to encourage and enable other vulnerable children to pursue a post-high school education through scholarship grants.

Today Covenant Children’s Ministries continues to administer funds generated by the trust in accordance with the wishes of the Sterner family. Special consideration is given to “orphaned children” as defined by the trust, and to former residents and clients of Covenant Children’s Home. Other factors considered are students from “broken homes,” those attending schools of Christian emphasis, and students pursuing careers in Christian service or one of the helping professions. Over the years, as the trust fund has grown, Covenant Children’s Ministries has helped hundreds of worthy students achieve their educational goals, and it continues to do so today.

If you have any questions about the Ronald Lee Sterner Grant or are in need of additional information, please direct all inquiries to

> More information
> Download application

CCM Program Development Grants for At-Risk Children and Youth

Because of the generosity of endowing partners, current donors, and wise financial management, Covenant Children’s Ministries is able to continue the legacy of the Covenant Children’s Home and has chosen to do so through program grants. Currently CCM is issuing grants to Evangelical Covenant Churches and institutions of the Evangelical Covenant Church that have programs that reach out to young people who are ‘at risk’ economically, educationally, and emotionally. We provide resources to established organizations who are committed to be in a healing relationship with these at-risk young people and provide them with opportunities for change and growth. We believe that this will give the young person the best opportunity to overcome the issues that put them “at risk.”

Applications for funding for programs operating in 2021-2022 are now being accepted. Download the application found by clicking the link below. Follow the instructions and guidelines closely to ensure that you submit the application in a timely manner. Failure to submit all requested materials, especially the program budget can lead to a delay in evaluating your application and result in a failure to receive funding.

If you were a grant recipient in 2020, please make sure to complete the final report or provide an interim summary and submit prior to submitting your 2020 application. The final report can be found by clicking on the link below.

Organizations that are not affiliated with the Covenant church may apply for grant funds if they are partnering with a Covenant affiliated institution and submit the application jointly.

Due to COVID restrictions and required virtual working, this year all materials must be submitted electronically, via email.

If you have any questions about completing the application, please contact Ron Dixon at or (773) 989-1610 ext. 5023.

> CCM Grant Application (2021)
> CCM Grant Procedure Guidelines
> Ministry Values
> At Risk Youth Information
> CCM Program Grant Final Report (2021)