Gateway Conference Local Church Initiatives

GRANT APPLICATION CRITERIA & PROCESS

(2017 Revision)

 

To further the goals of the Free Methodist Church USA and Gateway Conference, you are invited to submit a proposal that advances the opportunity for local churches to begin new initiatives that support these goals.  Specifically, the Conference desires to support initiatives that engage the local church in the life and lives of the community in which they serve.

 

GRANT CRITERIA

AREAS OF SUPPORT:

 

Specifically, your initiative should address one or more of these areas that can help advance the Conference goal to “Create and environment for growth and plant 25 new churches by 2025”.

Strengthen the Base – new church initiative helping to create 25 new churches by 2025

o   Must be approved and supported by one or more of the following: A church BOA and Lead Pastor, Church Planter, Core group, District Leader and/or Conference Superintendent

o   Grant requests should reflect no more than 1/3 of the total project cost and must show evidence of multiple income streams beyond this grant: ex. Fundraising by church planter; members and attendee tithes; sponsoring church support, other

o   May be a multi-year request: 3 year decreasing support with potential for year four upon evidence of success and viability

Annual ministry progress reports submitted to MEGA & BOA prior to Annual Conference are a condition of continued funding.

o   Must have a signed agreement between church planter and supporting church governing details of financial oversight

Busting Barriers – programs/initiatives that help to overcome hindrances to ministry

o   Must be approved and supported by one or more of the following: Local BOA and Lead Pastor, District Leaderand/ or Conference Superintendent

o   Must show clear evidence of the barrier and the required means to overcome it

Need for personnel to conduct ministry (lack of human capital; time)

Need for structural repairs critical to maintain ministry (capital resources)

Need for resources to take advantage of a ministry opportunity. Priority given to plans with clear sustainability beyond this grant.

Ministry Incubation – an effort that results in new ministries that meet a unique conference need

o   Must be approved and supported by one or more of the following: A Supporting church BOA and Lead Pastor, Entreprenurial Mistry Leader, District Leader and/or Conference Superintendent

o   Program must address a current unmet need related to Conference priorities

o   Must show sustainability beyond this grant

o   May be a multi-year request: 3 year decreasing support with potential for year four upon evidence of success and viability

o   Grant request should be no more than 1/3 of total project cost and must show evidence of multiple income streams beyond this grant: ex. Fundraising; members and attendee tithes; sponsoring church support, other

Annual ministry progress reports submitted to MEGA & BOA prior to Annual Conference are a condition of continued funding.

 

GRANT ELIGIBILITY:

Any ministry of the Gateway Conference (NOTE: New ministries require a sponsoring Free Methodist Church)

 

GRANT FUNDING DETAILS:

         Grant requests may be up to $20,000 per year

         From time to time larger requests may be considered with prior approval from the Conference Superintendent and Chair of the Board of Administration

         Grant requests may be for multi-year funding with an annual report and review process established for each year of funding.

Financial and programmatic reports must be received annually prior to October 1 for release of additional funding

Grants to “Strengthen the Base” will be paid semi-annually

         If at any time during the grant cycle, the funds will not or cannot be used for the stated purpose, awardees must submit a rationale explaining cause and requesting a redirection of funds to an alternate project. Should the project not be approved, the awardee must return awarded funds. 

 

PROCESS, DEADINE AND EXPECTATIONS:

  • A letter of inquiry (one page) must be received by the Superintendent by May 31 to begin the process.  The Superintendent will ascertain if the inquiry meets the Grant criteria and vision for the conference.
  • June 5 - Request for Proposal (RFP) is sent to selected inquiries
  • Completed proposals must be received in the Conference office (either via email or standard mail) by July 5.  *Incomplete grant requests will NOT be considered. Confirmation of receipt of proposal, as well as request status, will be sent to the address and contact on the application form.
  • SDFGC will review proposals from July 5-August 5 and send recommendations to the BOA Chair and Superintendent for dispersal to the BOA for approval or denial.
  • September 1 notification of awards sent
  • Dispersal of grant awards will occur in January; grant cycle will be one calendar year unless multi-year awards are made.