Nebraska United Methodist churches are encouraged to apply for a Revitalization Grant or New Faith Community Grant from the Nebraska Area Foundation. The deadline is set for September 30, 2014.
This is an opportunity for you to fund a project or ministry area for which you might not otherwise have funds. Keep in mind that the Great Plains Missional Priorities will be used as a guideline for determining qualification for a grant. Those priorities are:
Applications for Revitalization or New Faith Community Grants are made through the annual conference. Download the requirements and application forms:
Also available from the Nebraska Foundation are Ministry Grants, which may be used for missions, youth and camping, extension ministries, or other greatest needs. These grants likewise have an application deadline of September 30, 2014. Ministry Grants are submitted directly to the Nebraska UM Foundation.
The Nebraska Area foundation will determine which grants are accepted by mid-fall.
The Vital Congregations Team has established the Ethnic Minority Task Force to manage the Ethnic Minority Endowment Fund created by the former Kansas East Conference. The Ethnic Minority Local Church Endowment Fund was created in 1988 in response to the 1984 General Conference mandating as its missional priority “developing and strengthening the Ethnic Minority Local Church for witness and mission.” In 1988 the Kansas East Conference adopted a comprehensive plan in response to this mandate. It established the Ethnic Minority Local Church Endowment Fund with a goal of $100,000. The earnings of which were to be used in meeting the objectives of the missional priority. The objectives included providing resources, recruitment, leadership development, training and support for ethnic minority churches. The amount was subsequently increased by conference actions to $500,000. The earnings are to be used in what was formerly the Kansas East Conference (that is the source of the funds to the endowment thus honoring the gifts for their intended purposes).
The EMLC Task Force has adopted the following objectives:
(These objectives apply to churches, youth and laity as well as pastors serving ethnic churches and current ethnic pastors of the former Kansas East Conference.)
Task Force members include Oliver Green, chairperson; Andrew Gardner, vice chairperson; Cruz Guerra, secretary; Ed English; Kibum Kim; Rochelle King; and Jaiseong Pi.
The Elisha Grant was created to encourage young people to consider ministry by reimbursing out of pocket seminary tuition, fees and book costs incurred by clergy entering into Great Plains Conference appointments. Information on the Elisha Grant is available here.