Peace with Justice grants available
Program funding opportunities
The South Georgia Conference Peace with Justice grant fund provides seed money for the United Methodist local church, district, conference, and agency ministries that have a desire to work and support mercy and justice efforts. Peace with Justice grant opportunities are now being offered for groups that are interested in seeking peaceful solutions through Christian discipleship and living out the love and grace of God.
What is its purpose?
- Assists United Methodists in understanding and responding to violence and militarism.
- Equips the congregation(s) with justice and mission opportunities that will inspire church leaders to serve as peacemakers.
- Involves United Methodists in efforts to end conflicts and violent aggression at home and around the world.
- Promotes just local, state, national and international policies and actions (governmental and non-governmental) which seek to restore communities and respond to the disproportionate effect of injustices on racial and ethnic people.
- Supports policies that promote systematic economic justice and the self-development of people.
- Develops disciples who strive to end poverty, be graceful to those at the margins, connect with people who are different from us, and magnify God’s presence in the world.
Funding for this program is generated by the local churches of the South Georgia Conference through Peace with Justice offerings received on Peace with Justice Sunday or on some other day so designated. When the local church sends these offerings to the conference treasurer, half is kept for distribution through the South Georgia Peace with Justice Fund while the other half is sent for the support of the national GBCS Peace with Justice Program to fund national and global work in social action and public policy education and advocacy. Click here for more information about Peace with Justice Sunday. The total amount of grant monies available varies according to the size of the offerings taken each year.
How to apply?
Applications may be submitted by any group related to the Annual Conference (i.e., a local church, an agency of the conference, a district, or by two or more such groups in cooperation). Deadline for application is November 30. Request and submit completed grant applications to Rev. Earnestine Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Grantees will be announced by December 14. Decisions are based on the number of applications on file and the amount of money available in the fund. This will vary from year to year. The maximum award will be $3,000.
How is funding decided?
In making funding decisions, priority will be given to:
- Projects for which the Peace with Justice grant will serve as seed money for continuing support from other sources in later years.
- Creative projects or ministries that will serve as pilot programs for the development of new forms of Peace with Justice ministries.
- Successful ongoing projects or ministries that can become models for other local churches in the conference.
- Training which would allow representatives from churches within the South Georgia Conference to participate in various learning opportunities related to Peace with Justice ministries.