Enduring Witness Fund 2020
Deadline extended to April 17, 2020
Grants are awarded in June
The Commission on Reconciliation announces that the Community Engagement Grant deadline has been extended to Friday, April 17, 2020. It is our hope that this gives churches a chance to consider how they might adapt their community engagement ministries in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. We recognize that congregations may need to incorporate new approaches, new relationships or activities that are emerging, or simply postpone some activities until the Fall. If you have any questions or concerns about the new deadline, please don’t hesitate to contact Susan Krehbiel, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Beacham, chair, at email@example.com
Community Engagement grant funds are intended for community outreach, more specifically for community organizing and community engagement by congregations in the Presbytery of Baltimore. There is $25,000 total available to be awarded by the Commission on Reconciliation. The grants will be awarded up to $7,500 per applicant.
Faith-based community organizing is the way a congregation partners with its local community to work for change/transformation, together. It involves deep listening and leadership development to move toward joint action. This is a specific form of community engagement which is built on relational meetings, power analysis, action and evaluation.
Community engagement is a broader term to reflect ways in which a local congregation works collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, common interest, or shared circumstances to address issues affecting the well-being of the community members.
Use of Funds
- Funding may be requested for new initiatives or to strengthen current community organizing and community engagement activities. Funds, therefore, may be used for training or mentoring activities in addition to expenses incurred in direct engagement.
- Grants will be awarded on an annual basis. However, applicants will be allowed to apply for additional funding in subsequent years.
- Congregations should use the attached application form with the appropriate signatures and date of Session endorsement.
- A point person should be designated who is able to speak about the proposal and answer any follow up questions.
- Questions about the grant application process may be directed to Lisa Beacham (chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Krehbiel (staff) at email@example.com
- Is intentional in building relationships between members of the congregation and members of the local community outside the congregation.
- Demonstrates an approach of “working with” the community, not doing something “for”or “to” the community.
- Engages the community that is geographically proximate to the applicant congregation
- Issues or needs identified are for the sake of the community.
- Embraces the work of reconciliation through efforts to dismantle racism, alleviate suffering and/or bear public witness to the reconciling love of Christ. Applicant must clearly demonstrate how proposed engagement furthers at least one of these areas.
Please download and submit both the Grant Application and the Grant Cover Sheet.
You may submit your completed application by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail/in person to: Susan Krehbiel, Presbytery of Baltimore, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd., 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21239