Externally Focused Churches Receive Endowment Fund Grants
In addition to an extraordinary grant of $6.5 million given to Lakeview, Moody Methodist Permanent Endowment Fund recently announced other grants to organizations and churches with revitalization initiatives:
- A grant to Wesley Community Center for $10,000 will be used toward the replacement of an aging van that will enable them to expand their after school program to give children rides home
- Among local churches that made requests, First UMC of College Station received $20,700 to expand their music ministry with a new staff position, since music is the soul of their ministry and the core of their outreach ministry to the neighborhood children.
- The Permanent Endowment Fund also provided $10,000 to Lake Palestine UMC toward the construction of a concrete multi-sport outdoor court to serve the children and youth of their community.
- A grant of $10,000 has been given to Salem UMC for the final kitchen work in their long recovery from Hurricane Ike. The renovation of the kitchen will improve their ability to serve hot meals to the community on Saturdays.
- Moody Methodist also completed a three-year pledge with the final $25,000 to the Watershed UMC capital campaign.
Moody Methodist Spokesperson Vivian Pinard notes, “There was a common theme in this year’s requests: older congregations reaching out to the unchurched children around them. Some of these churches have been very creative and committed to make this happen. We are glad to be able to support these efforts.”
Submit Next Grant Requests this Summer
Adds Vivian, “District superintendents can now be thinking of appropriate recommendations for local ministries in their districts that they want to propose for our August cycle. They can recommend up to three projects a year for consideration. A letter of recommendation from the District Superintendent is the first step before we send the application form to the local church.”
The Permanent Endowment Fund is still open to proposals from core leadership and from affiliated institutions, encouraging leaders to approach Fund managers about prospective proposals to determine the size and scope that they might be open to considering.