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Grants Available for Local Church Racial/Ethnic Ministries (UMC Discipleship)

Grants up to $10,000 will be available this fall from Discipleship Ministries to strengthen leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship and spiritual formation in ethnic local United Methodist churches. A maximum of one grant per U.S. jurisdiction will be awarded.

“Discipleship Ministries is grateful to be able to serve The United Methodist Church by offering support to ethnic local churches and other entities that develop disciples and promote racial reconciliation,” said Naomi Hope Annandale, director of research and strategic evaluation at Discipleship Ministries. “We have been thrilled to learn about new ministries launched with previous RELCC grants that bring youth to Christ, support recent immigrants and strengthen parents, among other projects.”

Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns (RELCC) grants are made available each year, with priority given to new programs. Funds are not provided for personnel, equipment or ongoing building costs.

Applicants must apply online at / and are encouraged to consult with Discipleship Ministries staff for guidance in preparing the application. The application deadline for these one-time grants are September 1, 2021.

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