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Grants & Loans

Growth & Venture Funding Resources

These BGAV grants are supported through the generous offerings of churches within the Baptist General Association of Virginia. To maintain integrity and stewardship of these offerings, the BGAV reserves these grants for churches who are, or are in the process of becoming cooperating partners of the Baptist General Association of Virginia.

The Barnabas Fund
We believe the Church is the primary means through which the mission of God is being carried out in the world. The Barnabas Fund provides financial assistance to new church starts/multi-sites to: (1) offset costs associated with initial start-up expenses, and (2) ease the initial financial burden associated with church planter/campus pastor compensation. To learn more about the Barnabas Fund, please visit thev3movement.org/grants.

The Timothy Fund
We believe investing in the development of key leaders is an important component for long-term effectiveness in ministry. The Timothy Fund provides financial assistance to pastors and key leaders in African American, Emerging Ethnic, and Language churches for continuing education, training, and coaching.

The Cornelius Fund
We believe a church’s ability to be a tangible presence in the community is vital to the Kingdom advancement. The Cornelius Fund provides financial assistance to churches creating strategically focused, innovative ministries that spiritually impact the lives of the un-churched, under-churched, or de-churched.

To learn more about the Timothy or Cornelius grants, please complete this form. A staff member will be happy to connect with you.


Julie Lukas : [staff-title] Julie Lukas
Team Operations Administrator, Growth-Venture Staff
804.915.5000 x6285

Mission Development Hunger Funds

The Virginia Offering for World Hunger provides financial assistance to support ongoing and project-based hunger ministries in the communities served by BGAV churches. Local congregations, associations, and nonprofit ministry partners can visit our BGAV Hunger Ministry page to learn more about the World Hunger Funds Policy and access the online request and report forms for these quarterly funding opportunities.


Loans: Baptist Extension Board

The Baptist Extension Board serves to aid churches that are unable to obtain commercial financing. To understand us better,

Mortgage loans are offered at a competitive interest rate with typical terms of 13 to 15 years. Currently, the Baptist Extension Board services more than $12 million in loans to BGAV churches.

Learn more about the Baptist Extension Board.


Leslie Straw : [staff-title] Leslie Straw
Team Leader, Support Ministries; Baptist Extension Board
800.255.2428 or 804.915.500, ext. 1296