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Just Love Fund Grant


published 5/18/2021

The application process opens on Pentecost Sunday, May 23 and closes on June 20.

In response to the tragic killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 and the disruption and destruction that followed, the Minnesota Annual Conference is renewing its commitment to anti-racism work and advocacy in our communities through the development of the Just Love Fund, stewarded by a collection of leaders of multi-cultural and urban congregations of the Twin Cities District. 

The Just Love Fund will allocate human and financial resources to assess and address crisis response, relief, recovery, rebuilding, renewal, repentance and restitution, trauma therapy, and anti-racism work in the Twin Cities. It will specifically address food deserts, BIPOC home and business ownership support, and health care needs of people often underserved within our communities, especially for those impacted by the murder of George Floyd.

Guidelines

Priority will be given for projects that:

  • Foster relationship building with your community.
  • Regenerate resources or create intentional pathways to “pay it forward.”
  • Result in an expansion of capacity, not just an infusion of resources.
  • Grantees represent congregations and organizations with adopted values in keeping with the values of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, namely anti-racism and inclusion of LGBTQI+ people.

Application Process

We have up to $40,000 with an ongoing grant process. For the sake of wider impact—through investment in upstart organizations and grassroots community work—applicants can request up to $5,000 for this first round. 

To apply, you have the option to either:

  1. Send in a video application, a video with answers to the questions below, to this Dropbox account.

  2. Request a recorded “interview application” to talk through the questions by emailing revkatylee@gmail.com

  3. Send in a paper application including the items detailed below to the Grant Review Committee by way of email PDF or mail attn: Pastor Katy Lee revkatylee@gmail.com + Walker Church (3104 16th Ave South, Minneapolis) between May 23 and June 20, 2021. In expectation of quick response and to avoid administration becoming an obstacle for timely response, a single page for all questions combined will be sufficient for this application.

Application letter should include:

  • Name of person completing the application with contact information (contact email, address, phone.) 
  • Name of program (and organization attached to the program). 
  • Location of where the program/project will take place.
  • Specific amount requested with general budget plan, up to $5,000
  • Brief description of the program/project recipient and how it will meet community needs as addressed in the purpose and guidelines listed above. 
  • Brief description of the project budget and how requested funds will support the project.
  • Brief description of accountability plan for use of funds and how it will “regenerate” itself for further impact in the community.  (Will this project help to create a revenue stream for future sustainability or for the development of other programs.) 
  • If you are connected in any way to a United Methodist Church (i.e are friends with a local pastor, rent at a UMC building, are a UMC church member) please describe that relationship. (You are not required to have a UMC relationship for funding)
  • Timeline for project.

After you apply:

  • First round decisions will be made by June 27
  • We will invite someone from your group/organization to participate in the grant decisions of other groups applying.
  • If you receive funding, we will follow up with a story-teller in 3-6 months to capture more information about the project and the impact it is making in the community.

Contact: Rev. Katrina Lee

Email:


Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

info@minnesotaumc.org

(612) 870-0058