- Identify and change at least one racist and/or xenophobic system, policy, or practice in the wider community.
- Engage UMC people with diverse community partners in frequent vital conversations about racism and xenophobia.
- Build understanding and trusting relationships among diverse people in the wider community.
Grants will be for up to $35,000 for up to 24 months beginning February 2018. Applications containing all required information and documentation are being accepted online through September 15, 2017. Click here to apply.
GCORR is eager to provide grants to engage UMC teams with strong, diverse community partners or alliances who together will change racist and xenophobic systems, policies or practices in their communities. The community partnership must be established in advance of completing this grant application, and the community partner(s) must be involved in the planning for this grant.
Ideally initiatives will:
- engage a significant number of people, younger people, and diverse people, and
- have strong volunteer leadership, and
- result in long-term change
Applicants must be entities within the UMC that can provide a recent financial audit. (Those without an audit may apply through a UMC fiscal agent.) A 2016 Audit must be provided with the application. Prior to the release of funds, GCORR may request that the fiscal agent/entity be bonded by a fidelity or integrity bond for at least the amount of the grant. Granted funds must be used during the grant period for the specific purpose of the grant, and funds not used must be returned to the General Commission on Religion and Race.
The application must be read and endorsed by the appropriate person in a letter. If the application is from a church, fellowship, or missional ministry, the support of the District Superintendent is required. For a district or annual conference entity (Cabinet, Board of Ordained Ministry, Conference Commission on Religion and Race, etc.), the endorsement of the Director of Connectional Ministries or the Resident Bishop is required. For a national racial-ethnic caucus or for a seminary, a letter of support from the Chair of the board of directors and/or the dean of the seminary is required.