Several United Methodist Church General Agencies are now taking applications for grants that will go toward specific ministries in local United Methodist Churches, districts, conferences or ecumenical groups. All of these grants are available thanks to the connectional giving of the United Methodist Church. Below are details on three grants.
Jan. 10, 2011, is the deadline to apply for an Ethnic Local Church Grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). The grants are to strengthen ethnic minority local churches through education, advocacy or leadership development as they engage in social justice.
To qualify for grant consideration, applicants must be either:
The project must focus on needs identified by ethnic local churches as they address one or more chronic social problems or concerns, such as housing, employment, health care, human rights, education, the environment and racism. The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church contained in its Book of Discipline, (¶¶s 160-165) can provide more information on denominational social justice positions.
All applicants must have a supervisory board consisting of a majority of ethnic minority persons that shall make all policy decisions.
Intent of the grants program is to provide start-up money. Therefore, priority goes to first-time applicants.
For more information, contact the Rev. Neal Christie (firstname.lastname@example.org), GBCS assistant general secretary, Education & Leadership Formation, at (202) 488-5611 or download the application atEthnic Local Church Grant.
Jan. 10, 2011 is also the deadline to apply for a Human Relations Day Grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). The grants are to support ministries that respond to non-violent young offenders through education, advocacy or leadership training and development.
Grant funds are raised through The United Methodist Church’s Human Relations Day Special Sunday each year. Human Relations Day happens the Sunday immediately following the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday: Jan. 16 next year. The United Methodist Book of Discipline describes Human Relations Day as a call to "the Church to recognize the right of all God's children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with each other."
To qualify for a Human Relations Day grant, the applicant must be either:
To be considered for funding, a project must be initiated by or developed in partnership with a United Methodist church. The project must focus on needs of non-violent juvenile youth offenders as they address one or more chronic social problems or concerns, such as housing, employment, health care, human rights, education, the environment and racism.
Applicants must have a supervisory board consisting of a majority of members of The United Methodist Church that shall make all policy decisions.
All funding from GBCS must be used for programmatic components and not for salaries, purchase of equipment, purely administrative costs, and direct delivery of services or building construction.
Intent of the grant is to provide start-up money.
Applications for grants to support caregiving ministries for older adults are now being accepted by the Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries at the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship
Richard H. Gentzler Jr., the center’s director, says submissions from local United Methodist congregations, districts, annual conferences, central conferences and UM-related institutions may be submitted until the deadline on Jan. 15, 2011.
“Living in our youth-oriented culture, it is difficult for many of us, including church leaders, to truly appreciate the needs and concerns of older adults,” Gentzler says. “… Through their longevity, older adults can continue to make meaningful contributions to the community: as purveyors of wisdom, examples of faith and resources for the historical grounding of our young.”
Funding for the grants is provided by The United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries, which is administratively related to GBOD. During the current quadrennium, the committee is making grants to support two specific areas of older adult ministries—caregiving ministry and intergenerational ministry.
For the current grant-making process, the program or project submitted for grant consideration must provide a caregiving ministry or address an issue of caregiving ministry with older adults. The ministry must be consistent with the doctrine and social principles of The United Methodist Church.
“Though we may not be able to fund every project, the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries will make every effort to be conscientious in its decision-making process.” Gentzler said.
Grant applications are available online at www.aging-umc.org. For more information, contact project coordinator Teri Kline at the Center for Aging & Older Adult Ministries by phone toll free at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 7177, or by e-mail at email@example.com.