Marpeck Fund Grants – Application

    1. Include all projected costs and sources of revenue. Indicate if the sources of revenue are confirmed, conditional, or projected. Specify the funding requested from the Marpeck Fund and indicate how it will be used within the overall project. Grants will be funded at a maximum of 80% of total cost, to a maximum dollar figure of $10,000 (US). (Occasional exceptions to these funding parameters may be given based on successful petition from the proposal writer(s).)

    Apply by March 1 or September 1 to:
    Ann Vendrely
    c/o Goshen College
    1700 S. Main St.
    Goshen, IN 46526

    Marpeck Fund Grant Overview & Guidelines

    The Marpeck Fund

    The Marpeck Fund was established in 1993 by Robert and Gerald Kreider for the academic enrichment of Bethel College, Bluffton College, and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (now Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary). Over the years two Canadian institutions (Canadian Mennonite University and Conrad Grebel University College) and four former Mennonite Church institutions (Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College, and Hesston College) have been added to the list of Marpeck Fund institutions so that it now includes all schools whose primary religious affiliation is with the Mennonite Church USA or the Mennonite Church Canada. The fund is intended to encourage and strengthen ties among Mennonite colleges and seminaries through joint faculty workshops, student participation in inter-campus conferences, faculty exchange visits and lectures, and cooperative program planning. The fund (now in excess of one million dollars) is housed with the Mennonite Foundation and administered by the deans of the nine member institutions.

    The purpose of the Marpeck Fund is to strengthen cooperation among the member institutions in the sharing of faculty resources and joint academic programming. Funds are not to be used for individual campus programs, but only for inter-institutional, collaborative programs. Proposals may request seed money for new collaborative ventures, with the understanding that continuing activities that would typically be funded by the institutions are not eligible for repeated Marpeck funding.

    Preference is given to:

    • programs that support the attendance of students and faculty from member institutions at conferences, seminars, etc., on another member institution’s campus.
    • programs oriented toward peacemaking, international service, and other church-related ministries.
    • programs that involve cross-border collaboration.

    Review criteria

    • Project serves to strengthen collaboration among two or more member institutions
    • Project supports attendance (face-to-face and virtual) of students and faculty from member institutions
    • Project oriented toward peacemaking, international service, and other church-related ministries

    Review schedule

    Projects are reviewed two times per year:
    Proposals submitted by March 1 will be reviewed by April 30.
    Proposals submitted by September 1 will be reviewed by October 31.

    Procedures for Marpeck Grant Reimbursement

    1.  Spend money related to the grant project, following the budget you proposed in your application.
    2. In order to be reimbursed, each grant expense must be validated by documentation. Therefore, as you work on your grant project and incur expenses, please collect and save all statements, receipts, and invoices related to your grant. These documents should be generated from your vendor. They may be generated from your organization if expenses are incurred on your campus, for example, costs relating to food from your cafeteria.
    3. Create a summary document of your financial records, and specify the total amount requested for reimbursement. Your summary should clearly reference the invoices, statements, and receipts you attach. Your summary does not need to include a narrative of your program results; save that for your final report, which should be completed after you have finished the event or project and after you have requested and received your grant payment.
    4. The reimbursement for a grant should be one request for the full amount of the dollars spent, from one institution. The institution receiving the check may email, mail, or drop off your financial summary and all documentation to the Academic Affairs office at Bethel College. You may email documents to or mail them to Bethel College, Academic Affairs, 300 E 27th St., North Newton, KS 67117. The grant documentation will be reviewed and you may be contacted if there are any questions.
    5. The institution receiving the reimbursement will disperse the dollar amounts requested to the individuals or vendors.


    A final report is due within one year of the completion of the project, or a provisional report is due by March 1 of the year after the project activities. Reports must provide

    • A summary of project activities/events;
    • A list, with dates and copies of programs or publications, of any performances, presentations, and publications that resulted from the project;
    • An evaluation of the extent to which project objectives are achieved;
    • An assessment of the ways in which the project will shape or facilitate future work;
    • A budget report; and
    • A description of any remaining or unfinished work.

    If work remains and a provisional report is submitted, please also indicate the date by which a final report will be submitted.

    Please submit a report to:
    Ann Vendrely
    Chair, Marpeck Deans
    c/o Goshen College
    1700 S. Main St.
    Goshen, IN 46526