The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) is offering $300,000 in new grants, available for those whose work on racial diversity, inclusiveness and racial justice would benefit from financial support, and benefit the United Methodist Church.
Applications are now being accepted for the latest CORR Action Fund (CAF) grants. This new CAF priority (funded by the Minority Group Self-Determination Fund) is available to those who can best take advantage of this educational and transformational opportunity.
Elevate your vision of racial justice by inviting new voices into the conversation. Encourage a seminary student, faculty or staff to apply for the funds. Contact clergy or your conference or district office to ensure a program that may have gone unnoticed or underfunded gets the support it needs to raise the ministry of inclusiveness to a new level. The CORR Action Fund grants will go to support seminary programs and seminarians, student groups, faculty or staff that have demonstrated a commitment to develop cultural competency with a goal towards excellence in leadership.
Time is of the essence. Applications will only be accepted through July 31, 2011.
The awards will be offered in two categories:
- The Racial Justice Grant for UM Seminaries of up to $80,000 for efforts by faculty, staff or students to improve racial, ethnic and cultural intergroup relationships and/or bringing about organizational, institutional and systemic changes in the church, seminary, and in society.
- The Racial Justice Grant for Clergy leadership, of up to $20,000 for clergy and programs within districts and annual conferences that support efforts to dismantle racism by promoting the values of diversity, inclusiveness, multiculturalism and cross-racial/cross-cultural work;
The Seminary grant is intended for efforts including curriculum development and the development of programs and processes that impact the seminary's ability to positively address institutional racism, diversity and multiculturalism, including faculty and student training that furthers understanding of racial/ethnic/tribal cultures within the church and society. The Clergy grant can be used but is not limited to education, multicultural training projects that raise awareness about and take action against racism and for pastors entering or serving in cross-racial/cross-cultural appointments.
Full information and applications can be downloaded online at www.gcorr.org/corractionfund.
Completed applications must be postmarked by July 31, 2011 submitted on the official application form and mailed in typed print, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (electronic submissions are strongly preferred.) The funds will be awarded before December 31, 2011.
GCORR is willing to work with any interested party to have their application reviewed by the CAF committee. For assistance, email Amy Stapleton at email@example.com or call 202.495.2952. We look forward to hearing from you.