Poverty-alleviation Initiative Grant

Applicants may request up to $6,000 to be distributed over three years with allocations each January. The first year funding cap is $4000 and the remaining eligible funds may be distributed over the next two years in amounts requested by the applicant. You may also apply for $0 in your first year with explanation of your intent and strategies to initiate a desired program in 2018. Note, applicants with intent to initiate a program and incur expenses in 2017 will receive first priority. Receipts and reports will be requested on April 1 and Oct. 1 2017.  

While $6000 over three years won’t create a robust program by itself, we believe it can be a catalyst to securing resources necessary to continue to grow an effective poverty alleviation program that transforms your community. If this mechanism to initiate relationship based programs is found to be successful, a budgeted line item may be created or a further allocation from the Great Plains Annual Conference may be requested.

The following contact information is for the primary applicant/organization and will be who receives funds.

*First Name
*Last Name
*Address 1
*Supporting organization
*Community of implementation
*2017 requested amount

Please be sure to include the dollar sign ($) and two decimal places.

*2018 requested amount

Please be sure to include the dollar sign ($) and two decimal places.

*2019 requested amount

Please be sure to include the dollar sign ($) and two decimal places.

Please answer each of the following questions. Each answer should be 500 words or less plus supporting documentation where requested. The desired format is typed, double-spaced, in 12pt font in a word compatible or pdf document.

*1) Briefly describe the relationally based program you would initiate with a grant from the Great Plains Annual Conference.
*2) What are the known indicators of poverty in the community you wish to serve?
Please attach any supporting documents to strengthen your application for question #2.

Attach file pdf, doc(x), xls(x), jpg/gif/png, ppt - up to 25 MB

*3) What agencies (including yourself) and what assets are already committed to be a part of a coalition that implements this initiative? Is there a United Methodist entity involved? How do you intend to use these to fundraise and recruit participants and volunteers?
*4) What specifically would the funds you are requesting go to support?
5) What are the quantitative and qualitative outcomes you expect among individuals, your church, and the community as a result of your initiative? How will you measure this change?**

Include a description of your quantitative and qualitative data collection system.

*6) Over the next 1-3 years (depending on the length of funding plan you request), what are your plans to transition from Great Plains Annual Conference financial support to being fully supported by the community you intend to serve?

Please provide a proposed budget with indication of where this grant will be put to use.**

Please enter your name to indicate your understanding of this grant’s intentions and willingness to submit a bi-annual report on the impact of this grant for your initiative. By entering your name, you acknowlege it to be an electronic signature.

*Name/electronic signature

** See suggestions for measurable outcomes and sample budget. Document also includes a printable application form and general guidelines for grant money distribution.

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