Application Deadline: Rolling
Black/African American persons are becoming infected and dying at disproportionate rates compared to any other demographic (see CDC Study). The data lay bare the underlying conditions for many in this communities caused by racial injustice. And CARES Act funding has been difficult for these communities to access due to structural inequities, making recovery even more difficult (see recent video from General Commission on Religion and Race).
The purpose of these grants is to amplify the efforts of churches with under 150 in worship attendance that serve primarily in settings that allow them to make positive impacts in communities which have been some of the most negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifying applications include relief-type efforts, as well as efforts aimed-at advocacy or building a more racially just community in light of COVID-19’s effects.
A limited number of (one-time) grant award amounts will be made in the following ranges:
^No funds have to be in-hand before submitting an application for a matching grant. Your application does need to share how you will raise funds to be matched. Our goal is to get funds to where they are needed as soon as possible. Matching funds can be sent incrementally as funds come-in to church.
It is understood that many needed efforts will be relief and short-term oriented. Greatest consideration will be given toward applications that intend to live into the “ministry with” values below. This application process is a great tool for thinking through how to make the most of a ministry that connects with one’s neighbors.
Examples of possible ministry types:
You can download this Word document to use for a rough draft of your application, however, the final draft must be filled out below.
Please respond in 2-3 sentences
**Specifically the impoverished, communities of color, tribal communities, those without legal status, those with high levels of homelessness, those with disabilities, and those who are now unemployed/underemployed.
*Making disciples, in our view, can happen in a variety of ways. In the midst of a church’s ministry with its neighbors, church people could be intentional about recognizing and seizing opportunities to share their faith and invite their neighbors onto a pathway of discipleship. In the midst of a church’s ministry with its neighbors, church members could find themselves stretched and their faith and experience of the Holy Spirit deepened. These and other ways of making disciples could be legitimate responses to this question.
Please include the following (accepted file forms: Excel, PDFs, Word):
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