January 10 Deadline to Apply for Ethnic Local Church Grants

November 19, 2009

Program seeks to strengthen ethnic minority churches as they engage in social justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 10 is the deadline to apply for an Ethnic Local Church Grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). The grants program is to strengthen ethnic minority local churches through education, advocacy, or leadership training and development as they engage in social justice.
To qualify for grants consideration, applicants must be either:
·         a United Methodist local church, district, annual conference, racial/ethnic caucus, or other affiliated ethnic group/organization; or
·         an ecumenical group/organization working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization, whose program impacts at least one United Methodist ethnic local church.
Two funding periods are available for consideration: January 10 for the March cycle and August 10 for the October cycle. The Ethnic Local Church Committee makes grants recommendations to GBCS's board of directors.
Grants recipients must be programs initiated by, or developed in partnership with, one or more United Methodist ethnic local churches. Racial/ethnic persons shall be the majority of those served by the program.
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 composed of a majority of ethnic persons that shall make all policy decisions.
Each funding request will be considered on its own merits with no required minimum or maximum amount. All funding from GBCS must be used for programmatic components and not for salaries, purchase of equipment, purely administrative costs, direct delivery of services, or building construction.
Intent of the grants program is to provide start-up money. Therefore, priority will be given to first-time applicants.
Priority consideration shall be given to programs that are part of a Comprehensive Plan of an annual conference.
Applications may be downloaded at Ethnic Local Church Grants or be obtained from Marvlyn Scott at mscott@umc-gbcs.org or 202.488.5643.

For more information contact the Rev. Neal Christie, assistant general secretary, Education and Leadership Formation, General Board of Church at Society, at
nchristie@umc-gbcs.org or  202.488.5611.