The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) awards grants to United Methodist congregations and groups related to The United Methodist Church through the Ethnic Local Church, Human Relations Day, and Peace with Justice programs.
To apply for grants, applicants must complete forms on the new GBCS online system. All those who previously submitted applications must re-apply using the revised online form.
Only complete online applications with all required documents submitted by the September 16, 2022 deadline, will be considered for funding.
Church and Society Grant Program Background Information
Funding is provided through three grants.
- Ethnic Local Church Grants focus on the self-identified needs of ethnic local churches and persons as they address one or more chronic social issues or concerns.
- Human Relations Day Grants support advocacy and community engagement aimed at uplifting the right of all God’s children to realize their potential in right relationship with one another.
- Peace with Justice Grants support programs and projects that witness to God’s demands for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world.
What to Expect When Applying for a Grant
Applicants are asked to provide (1) a program/project summary, (2) budget and supporting documentation including no fewer than two references and (3) a letter from the Resident Bishop. Complete criteria and required documentation are provided on the application.
Grants awards range from $2000 – $5000. None of the money can be used to fund individual scholarships, salaries, purchase of equipment, purely administrative costs, or direct delivery of services.
Funding decisions for all qualified applications will be made at the GBCS Board of Directors Meeting in October, 2022 and announced shortly thereafter.
Learn about previous grantees here.