Jan. 10 Deadline to Apply for Peace with Justice and Human Relations Day Grants

November 08, 2012

Funding targets ministries that witness 'to God's demands for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world.'

WASHINGTON, D.C.—January 10 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 May 26 in 2013.
In 2012, $60,000 was allotted to 22 Peace with Justice ministries around the world.
Peace with Justice grants are awarded in two cycles: spring and fall. Applications must be received no later than January 10 for the spring funding cycle and August 10 for the fall cycle. Applications are evaluated by GBCS's Board of Directors.
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.
Application objectives
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 principal 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.
Application preferences
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.
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.
Jan. 10 Is Also Deadline for Human Relations Day grant
Human Relations Day grants from the Board of Church & Society 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 observed on the Sunday immediately following the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday: Jan. 20, in 2013. 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."
GBCS, which receives 10% of Special Sunday offering, has distributed nearly $300,000 in the past three years.
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.
Two funding cycles
As with Peace with Justice grants, Human Relations Day grants are awarded on two funding cycles. Jan. 10 is the deadline for March funding; Aug. 10 for October funding. Grant decisions are made by GBCS's Board of Directors at the spring and fall meetings.
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, and direct delivery of services or building construction.
Start-up money
Intent of the grant is to provide start-up money.
Grant applications are available at Human Relations Day Grant, or by contacting Marvlyn Scott (mscott@umc-gbcs.org), in the office of Education & Leadership Formation, 202.488.5643.
For more information, contact the Rev. Neal Christie (nchristie@umc-gbcs.org), assistant general secretary, Education & Leadership Formation, (202) 488-5611.

The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination's highest policy-making body. 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 at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.