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Online Grant Award Process for 2023 Begins June 12 (Church & Society)

Church and Society NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 2023 Grant Funding Cycle. See instructions below to apply online.

June 12, 2023

The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) awards grants to United Methodist congregations and groups related to The United Methodist Church through the Ethnic Local Church, Human Relations Day, and Peace with Justice programs.

To apply for grants, applicants must complete forms on the GBCS online system. Only complete online applications with all required documents submitted by 5:00 p.m. EDT (2:00 p.m. PDT | 11:00 a.m. HST), July 24, 2023, will be considered for funding.

Church and Society provides grant awards in three categories:

  1. Ethnic Local Church Grants focus on the self-identified needs of BIPOC local churches and persons as they address one or more chronic social issues or concerns.
  2. Human Relations Day Grants support advocacy and community engagement aimed at uplifting the right of all God’s children to realize their potential in right relationship with one another.
  3. Peace with Justice Grants support programs and projects that witness to God’s demands for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world.

Here’s what to expect when applying for Church and Society grants:

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Program or project summaries
  • Budget and supporting documentation including no fewer than two references
  • Letter from the Resident Bishop

Complete criteria and documentation are provided in the application online.

Grant awards range from $2000 to $5000. None of the money can be used to fund individual scholarships, salaries, purchases of equipment, purely administrative costs, or direct delivery of services.

Funding decisions for all qualified applications will be made at the GBCS Board of Directors Meeting in the Fall, 2023 and announced shortly thereafter.

To learn about award grantees from the 2022 grant cycle click here.

To apply online, click HERE.

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The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) is the social justice agency for The United Methodist Church (UMC) addressing more than 30 social issues endorsed by United Methodists. Its mandate is to advocate for UMC’s Social Principles among government policymakers, interfaith partners, non-government entities, and ecumenical leaders around the world. GBCS is headquartered in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and has offices at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City. Learn more at