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Investing in Congregations Grants
Congregations that have the potential, capacity, and commitment to reach new people are eligible. Grants assist congregations with the will to engage in risk taking, innovative ministries, reaching new communities, and holy experimentation. This is not a long-term subsidy for ongoing ministry, but rather seed money for a new venture. Any Minnesota United Methodist congregation may apply. Each application requires a ministry plan, benchmarks for accountability, and a timeline. The support of the church council is expected. The district superintendent's assessment of the proposal must accompany every application. Grants are made on an annual basis. The application window for 2012 grants is Sept. 12 to Oct. 28, 2011. Grant decisions will be made by Dec. 20, 2012. Complete guidelines can be found with the application form. Download the application.
Golden Cross Grants
The Golden Cross Program supports health ministries in the United Methodist Church. Funds are raised from offerings gathered on an annual Golden Cross Sunday, observed on the first Sunday of May (preferred) in United Methodist congregations. The Health Ministries Action Team (HMAT) determines how the funds will be distributed in Minnesota. Download the grant application.
Peace with Justice Grants
Established by the 1988 General Conference, Peace with Justice Sunday supports programs that advocate peace and justice at home and around the world. Since half of the offerings collected by your annual conference is retained to fund local peace with justice programs, you can see a difference made locally. In addition, half of the offering is remitted to the General Board of Church and Society to help fund U.S. and global work in social action, public-policy education and advocacy. Download the grant application.
Recovery Ministries grants help congregations develop, enhance, or promote addiction recovery ministries. This might include promoting an Alcoholics Anonyous group, informing the larger community that your church supports people in recovery, or hosting a speaker to teach a congregation and community about recovery from addictions. Contact the conference drug and alcohol recovery coordinator, Rev. Rob Kopp, for more information on these grants.
Youth Service Fund Grants
Youth Service Fund Grants are available to youth groups doing mission work locally and beyond. Download the 2012 grant application from the YSF web page and apply by April 1.
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