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Apply now for Board of Justice grants

Grants from $500-$5000 available

Justice-related ministries in the state of Michigan may apply to the Board of Justice for grants of $500-$5,000. Here are the details and application form. Send to George Covintree by April 15, 2021.

The Board of Justice of the Michigan Conference provides grants for justice-related ministries. This funding is made available from the Michigan Conference’s portion of Special Sunday offerings (Peace with Justice Sunday, Global AIDS Fund, etc.) along with some endowed funds for the work of justice. 

Interested? Here are the specifics.

Who can apply?

Any ministry located in the state of Michigan may apply for funding. Priority will be given to United Methodist ministries. If the ministry is not specific to the United Methodist Church (UMC), it must show how its purpose advances the mission and Social Principles of the UMC.

What sort of funding is available?

The Board of Justice supports a wide range of justice-related ministries, including seminars, programs,  direct action, and missional opportunities. The average grant size is $500-$5000. Ministries may request funds according to their need. Priority is given to grants that address systemic issues of injustice and advocate for lasting change.

How does one apply for a Board of Justice Grant?

Applications must be received by April 15 in order to be considered for funding the following calendar year. All decisions on funding will be made during the May Board of Justice meeting. Award information will be announced in June.

The Board of Justice Grant Application must be completed and sent via email or mail to:

Rev. George Covintree, Board of Justice Chairperson, Nardin Park UMC, 29887 W Eleven Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336; gcovintree@nardinpark.org.

What if I miss the deadline?

Late applications will not be accepted. If you miss the deadline you will need to wait until the following year to apply.

Is the application necessary?

Yes. All recipients of Board of Justice Grants will be considered on an annual basis based upon completed grant applications received by the deadline. Repeat recipients of Board of Justice Grants must apply annually.

Who makes the decisions regarding funding?

The Board of Justice is the state-wide body within the newly formed Michigan Annual Conference dedicated to the promotion of the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church.

The Board of Justice is comprised of the following Divisions:

  • Division of Church and Society
  • Division on Religion and Race
  • Division on the Status and Role of Women
  • Division on Disability Concerns

Members of the Board of Justice are elected laity and clergy, proposed by the Nominations Committee of the Conference and approved by the Annual Conference. The Board meets at least three times a year, making funding decisions at its December meeting. A list of all current members of the Board is available upon request.

Timeline

  • Grant applications due: April 15, 2021
  • Grant review: May meeting of the Board of Justice
  • Announcement of funding: June 2021

CLICK HERE for the application form.

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