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.
Church and Society Distributes ELCG
As one of the four program agencies of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Church and Society:
- Seeks to implement The United Methodist Social Principles and other General Conference policy statements related to social concerns (i.e., The UM Book of Resolutions).
- Enables church members to identify and respond to critical social justice issues through ministries of educating, advocating, and connecting at the local, regional, national and international levels.
- Expresses to the church and to the world its convictions, interpretations and concerns through its offices at The United Methodist Building, Washington, DC and the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City, NY and through its partnerships in The United Methodist Church and in society.
Who is eligible for an ELCG?
- To apply for an Ethnic Local Church Grant (ELCG) the applicant must be a:
- United Methodist local church, District, Conference, Racial/Ethnic Caucus in The United Methodist Church, or other affiliated ethnic groups/organizations
- 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.
- Plan ahead to secure all of the necessary signatures on the endorsement page. Applicants may seek the assistance of Church and Society staff in order to complete the application.
- Submit the completed application postmarked by one of the following deadlines:
- January 10th for the March funding cycle
- August 10th for the October funding cycle
- Send only a completed application to:
Fax: (202) 488-5619 (Send an original by mail if you fax the application)
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published at https://umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action/ethnic-local-church-grants