February 12 Deadline to Apply for Peace With Justice Grants

November 19, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 12 is the deadline to apply for a Peace with Justice Grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS).

Funding for this program is generated through the Peace with Justice Special Sunday offering of The United Methodist Church. One of six Special Sundays in the denomination, Peace with Justice "witnesses to God's demands for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world." Peace with Justice Sunday is May 30 in 2010.
Peace with Justice Grants are awarded annually. In 2009, $52,805 was granted to 28 Peace with Justice ministries.
Grants applicants must be either a United Methodist or other affiliated organization, or an ecumenical group working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization.
Applicants must work toward achieving at least one of the following objectives:
·         Assist United Methodists in understanding and responding to violence and militarism, and in moving and leading nations and peoples to reconciliation, transformation, and redemption;
·         Involve and develop principled leaders among United Methodists and enjoin the general public in efforts to end conflicts, human rights violations, and violent aggression around the world;
·         Promote just national and international policies and actions (governmental and non-governmental) seeking to address poverty and restore communities; or
·         Support policies that promote systematic economic justice and the self-development of peoples - in particular, to respond to the disproportionate effect of injustices on racial, indigenous, and ethnic persons.
Preference will be given to institutions related to The United Methodist Church, then to first-time requests, and, finally, to those including an advocacy component in their program or project.
Applications will be evaluated by GBCS's Board of Directors.
Applicants may seek assistance in filling out the Peace with Justice Grant form, which is available on the GBCS website, by contacting Marvlyn Scott at mscott@umc-gbcs.org or 202.488.5643.
For more information or to request an application form, contact Mark Harrison, GBCS director of Peace with Justice, at mharrison@umc-gbcs.org or 202.488.5645.