The Massachusetts Bible Society has been giving out Bibles for over 200 years. In the early days, a colporteur traveled in a horse-drawn Bible wagon , giving out Bibles to anyone he found without one. Today, instead of distributing Bibles door to door, we have a program of Bible grants, giving gifts of Bibles (and sometimes other sacred scriptures) to prisons, hospitals, homeless programs, churches, and many others who have need.
Grants are offered for the sole purpose of reaching out to those without easy access to the Bible. Institutions such as Boston Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, St. Francis House, Ecclesia Ministries (street ministry for the homeless), Hampden County House of Correction, Hope House (an AIDS hospice center), Habitat for Humanity, and many local churches including newly forming ethnic churches, have received Bibles in a variety of languages and translations, as well as cassette, Braille, & large print formats.
Applicants for a grant must indicate the financial needs of those being served; that the Bibles will be given free of charge and not sold; and that the focus of the project or program is others and not, for example, the replacement of pew Bibles and other normal needs of a congregation. We do provide the latter for congregations when special circumstances warrant, as in the case of a catastrophic event that has destroyed church property and the church is financially unable to replace pew Bibles themselves. Preference is given to outreach projects with an ongoing leader/teacher presence.
We do sometimes send Bible outside of the borders of Massachusetts when our budget permits and when there is a link to a qualifying program in Massachusetts.
Click here for a BIBLE GRANT APPLICATION.
Click here to see HOW OUR GRANTS ARE ALLOCATED.
Click here to read HOW OUR GRANTS HAVE HELPED RECIPIENTS.
The Massachusetts Bible Society is able to sustain its ministries of Bible Grants, promoting Biblical literacy, and nurturing open spiritual/theological dialogue through financial contributions from people and organizations such as you.