January 10 Deadline to Apply for Human Relations Day Grants

November 19, 2009

Program designed to support ministries that respond to non-violent young offenders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 10 is the deadline to apply for a Human Relations Day Grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church and 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. Special Sundays are an opportunity for United Methodist churches to celebrate the denomination's connectional work. This day of social action and raising awareness supports the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.
Human Relations Day is the Sunday which immediately precedes the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday: January 17, 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:
·         a United Methodist local church, district, annual conference, or other affiliated group/organization; or
·         an ecumenical group/organization working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization, whose program affects at least one United Methodist local church.
Grants are awarded on two funding cycles. January 10 is the deadline for March funding; August 10, for October. Grant decisions are made by GBCS's Board of Directors.
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, direct delivery of services, or building construction.
Intent of the grants is to provide start-up money.
Grant applications are available at Human Relations Day Grant, or by contacting Marvlyn Scott in the office of Education and Leadership Formation, 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.