New Grants Offered by GCORR

7/12/2011

General Commission on Religion and Race is offering $300,000 in new grants for work on racial diversity, inclusiveness and racial justice within the United Methodist Church. Applications will only be accepted through July 31, 2011.

The CORR Action Fund covers two different categories: Clergy Leaders and United Methodist Seminaries. The following descriptions provide information on the focus of each of the grants.

1.) The General Commission on Religion and Race Grant for Cultural Competency and Racial Justice: Clergy Leadership of the United Methodist Church

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to support and assist Clergy Leaders of The United Methodist Church in addressing issues of racial justice. These grants are intended to affirm efforts to increase clergy leaders’ awareness and understanding of multiculturalism, racial, ethnic and cultural stereotyping, and White privilege. It is expected that as a result of the work this grant supports, the leadership of clergy in the church and in society contributes to the dismantling of racism and to the creation of an inclusive world. Examples of acceptable funding uses include but are not limited to supporting clergy leaders to attend conferences, trainings, cultural immersion experiences and any activities associated with fostering inclusive, multicultural ministry, or the planning and execution of opportunities that further clergy growth in becoming culturally competent and leading the church and society to further the causes of overcoming racism and supporting racial/cultural inclusivity.

Applications for the Clergy Leadership Grant will be accepted from June 1, 2011 through July 31, 2011. Applications may be submitted by pastors, district superintendents, bishops, district committees on ordained ministry, conference boards of ordained ministry, and conference commissions on religion and race who have shown commitment and leadership to the dismantling of racism and the creation of an inclusive and multicultural church and society. A signed endorsement form submitted by the deadline date is required for the application to be deemed complete and considered for funding.

2.) The General Commission on Religion and Race Grant for Racial Justice: United Methodist Seminaries

United Methodist Seminaries and Schools of Theology in good standing as determined by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.

Grants of up to $80,000 will be awarded to seminaries leading efforts for cultural competency and racial justice. These grants are intended to support seminaries with the capacity, capability, and proven commitment to the tasks of improving racial, ethnic and cultural intergroup relationships and/or bringing about organizational, institutional and systemic changes in the church, seminary, and in society. Such improvements or changes can include but are not limited to developing programs and processes that impact the seminary’s ability to positively address institutional racism; efforts that focus on faculty and student training on cultural competency and personal growth towards understanding racial/ethnic cultures within the church and society; efforts that focus on developing curriculum on racial equity/justice; immersion programs that intentionally focus on addressing issues of racial/cultural diversity; or the publishing of materials related to racial justice.

Examples of funding uses include conferences, field trips, lectures, trainings, curriculum development, awareness campaigns, publications, cultural immersion experiences and any activities associated with equipping leaders for cross racial/cross cultural, inclusive and multicultural ministry.

Full information and applications can be downloaded online at http://www.gcorr.org/corractionfund. Completed applications must be postmarked by July 31 submitted on the official application form and mailed in typed print, or e-mailed to: applications@gcorr.org (electronic submissions are strongly preferred.) The funds will be awarded before December 31.