Church and Society oversees the distribution of three different grants available to United Methodist congregations and organizations.
Human Relations Day, Ethnic Local Church, and Peace With Justice grants are all available through Church and Society.
To apply for funding from any of the three grants, the applicant must be:
- a United Methodist local church, district, conference or other affiliated group/organization
- an Ecumenical group/organization working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization, whose program impacts at least one United Methodist local church.
Completed applications are accepted
Feb. 10 for the Spring funding cycle
Aug. 10 for the Fall funding cycle
Peace With Justice Grants
Funding for projects is generated by local churches and Conferences from the Peace with Justice offering taken on Peace with Justice Sunday which “witnesses to God’s demands for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world.”
To apply for funding from the Peace with Justice Program (PWJ), the applicant must be a United Methodist local church, district, conference, or other affiliated organization, or an Ecumenical group/organization 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 principled leaders among United Methodists and enjoin the 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 systemic poverty and restore communities to sustainability.
- Support policies that promote systemic economic justice and the self-development of peoples, in particular to respond to the disproportionate effect of injustices on racial, indigenous, and ethnic people.
Preference will be given first to institutions of or related to the United Methodist Church, then to first-time requests and, finally, to those including an advocacy component in their program or project.
Fifty percent of the offering is retained in the Annual Conferences and the remainder is forwarded to the General Church (cf., Book of Discipline, ¶263.5 and ¶823.5).
The maximum Peace with Justice award is $5,000.
Contact Rev. Liberato Bautista
Ethnic Local Church Grants
The purpose of the General Board of Church and Society Ethnic Local Church Grants (ELCG) Program is to provide grants to strengthen the ethnic local church through education, public policy, advocacy, or leadership training and development as they engage in social justice ministries. Priority is given to new and emerging program ministries that directly impact racial/ethnic communities in church and society
Applicants must be: United Methodist local church, District, Conference, Racial/Ethnic Caucus in The United Methodist Church, or other affiliated ethnic groups/organizations or an Ecumenical group/organization working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization, whose program impacts at least one United Methodist racial/ethnic local church.
The maximum Ethnic Local Church award is $10,000.
Contact Rev. Neal Christie
Human Relations Day Grants
The purpose of the Human Relations Day Grant is to provide funding to promote ministries that respond to non-violent young offenders through education, advocacy, or leadership training and development.
In The United Methodist Church calendar, Human Relations Day happens the Sunday immediately following the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday. The juxtaposition of these two very special days is not a coincidence. The United Methodist Book of Discipline describes the purpose of 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.”
The maximum Human Relations Day award is $10,000.
Contact John Hill
Send the application to:
Ministry of Education and Leadership Formation
General Board of Church and Society
The United Methodist Church
100 Maryland Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Fax: 202.544.0390 (Send an original by mail, if you fax the application)
E-mail: Marvlyn Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn about the most recent recipients of Church and Society’s three grants, click here.
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