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Robin Bell
District Superintendent
Robin Bell

Rebecca Hoener
Executive Assistant
Rebecca Hoener

(636) 891-8004 ext 21
Fax: (636) 891-9700
301 Sovereign Court, Suite 100
Ballwin, Missouri 63011-4435


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Funding and Grants

 

Gateway Central 2021 Social Justice Grants

The Gateway Central District Mission Council is excited to begin the process of making Social Justice Grants in 2021.

Our churches have been challenged through the pandemic. God gave us the strength and we persevered. We used gifts of creativity to overcome barriers to meet the needs in our community. The Mission Council is confident our churches found new and innovative programs to continue Social Justice ministries in our district. The grant program will provide a catalyst for churches to initiate new programs, and/or leverage to develop current programs. 
 
Grants applications should be focused on addressing a Social Justice issue in our District. Applications will need to show that the ministry takes in consideration the root causes of present day social justice issues and that the ministry will create an opportunity for a long term solution. 
 
Projects that seek long term solutions will be given priority over those that address only immediate needs. Also emphasis will be given to applications that focus upon justice ministries that move beyond “acts of mercy” and other important ministries. Consideration will be given to congregations that show a capacity to use funds effectively. This can be done by clearly demonstrating a passion for social justice in past and current ministries. Applications should show innovative, creative and actionable social ministry projects that move beyond educational, planning and/or strategizing projects.
 
In addition to the Social Justice aspect, our review process will include several other factors:

  • The project plan demonstrates financial commitment and ownership by the use of church funds as well as other resources.  

  • The project’s expenses are reasonably in-line with the potential number of people to be served and impacted in the community.      

  • The project exhibits a collaborative effort with other skilled contributors to ensure success.

  • Strategic planning with self-accountability and clear and realistic time lines are included. 

  • The church leadership’s commitment to being a Connectional Church by paying District and Conference Apportionments.


The 2021 Social Justice Ministry Grant Process Timeline is as follows: 
 
May 7  –  Application Forms will be sent out to Pastors and Lay Leaders.
June 10 –  Applications Due at the District Office.
August  1 – Grant Decision announced. 

Click Here for the Grant Application (PDF)
​Click Here for the Grant Application (Word)
Click Here for a detailed explanation of the Grant Process.
 
Please keep the District Council and other district congregations in your prayers for a 2021 vision of Social Justice in our district.