Administered by Commission on Reconciliation
Community Engagement grants are directed for community outreach, more specifically for community organizing and community engagement by congregations in the Presbytery of Baltimore.
- 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.
Availability of Funds
There is $25,000 total available for 2020 to be awarded by the Commission on Reconciliation. The grants will be awarded up to $7,500 per applicant.
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.
- 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.