WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jan. 7 is the deadline to apply for a Peace with Justice grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church & 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 June 19 in 2011.
Peace with Justice grants are awarded annually. In 2010, $50,000 was granted to 15 Peace with Justice ministries.
Grant 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 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 which 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.
For additional information contact Mark Harrison, GBCS director of Peace with Justice, at 202.488.5645.
The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. The board's primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and in the Church Center at the United Nations.