Mercy and Justice Grants

Mission Engagement Grant

Apply for mission engagement grants for domestic and foreign missions to local churches within networks. Priority is given to teams who engage in mission in ways that lead to self-sustaining solutions among the locals. The team leader and all team members must be Safe Gatherings certified. Maximum grant: $500-$6,000.

Social Justice Seed Money Grant

Do you have a project that you think could address a social justice issue, but you need a little help to get started? Social justice seed money grants are available to local churches within networks for outreach ministries focusing on root causes of injustices and the underlying reasons of why people are in need and working toward structural changes. Applications open June 1 and close by September 30. Maximum Grant: $1,000.

LGBTQIA Missional Leadership Grant

According to 2019 Annual Conference, the Great Plains Conference approved to make $20,000 in grant funding available to local congregations for ministries that raise up LGBTQIA+ persons as missional leaders in the Great Plains Annual Conference to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Are you in ministry with LGBTQIA+ persons in your church, network, or district who are interested in a training, ministry, idea or experience to help them take the next step in their missional leadership in our conference? Maximum Grant: $1,000.

Antiracism Education Advocacy Grant

These grants are meant to help our congregations and networks learn about white privilege and structural racism and develop strategies to overcoming these. We call on congregations, on pastors and on laity in leadership positions “to educate themselves about the root causes and manifestations of racism, ethnocentrism, and tribalism within communities of faith and to develop strategies for overcoming these kinds of social divisions.” (UM Revised Social Principles, Other Social Issues, L, p. 29) It is expected that the grant receiver will send a short report about the project which can be shared through GPconnect. Maximum Grant: $300