The deadline to apply for a Peace With Justice Grant of up to $2,000 is right around the corner: August 15, 2019.
The money is available to United Methodist churches and organizations for projects that support Advocacy and Justice Actions. We, who call ourselves Methodists, are called to works of justice: To discover why the homeless are homeless and why the working poor don’t make a living wage, to stand with those who have no voice in our system, to address underlying causes of injustice, and to make our world a better place.
Projects must address social justice and advocacy for public policy. They must advocate for systemic change as well as provide acts of mercy.
For example, the following California-Nevada churches and organizations have received grants in recent years:
- California Church Impact, for the Online Guide/Tool Kits and Workshops for churches to help ex-felons expunge their records in order to become employed.
- Los Altos UMC, to train workshop leaders and conduct workshops teaching people how to recognize signs of potential acts of personal violence and how to respond to reduce the risk of personal violence.
- CA House at UC Davis, to create a food pantry for food-insecure students and to advocate for programs to address homelessness and food insecurity among students.
- Salinas First UMC, for an interfaith celebration of and advocacy for diversity.
- Sierra Service Project, for inclusion of advocacy training in the organization's programs.
- Bethany UMC, to provide legal and housing assistance to asylum seekers in San Francisco and to advocate for justice for asylum seekers.
How can the conference's Advocacy and Justice Committee help your congregation put together a justice program in your community or around the world? Find out more: Contact Jim Cramer at firstname.lastname@example.org
to obtain grant guidelines and applications.
Remember: Grants of up to $2,000 are available but applications must be received by Aug. 15, 2019.