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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
In accordance with the provision in the will, the funds are given to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church “to use in the mission of the Church.” Grants will typically not exceed $5,000 and generally be for the initial funding of a project. Grants will usually be awarded in the Spring (April) and in the Fall (October).
The Board of Trustees will approve all distribution of funds. Because of the stated purpose of the Dewees Will, no funds will be used for any building’s existing expenses, maintenance, or repairs, including those caused by natural calamities, etc. The primary purpose of the Grant shall not be for salaries.
Examples of acceptable use of funds:
- Scholarships for camping programs/retreats
- Approved new ministry initiatives
- New church starts
- Making disciples initiatives
- Scholarships for Healing the Wounds of Racism Training
- Ethnic ministry initiatives
- Episcopal initiatives
- Programs related to Carson Simpson Farms
- Mission projects
Process for Distribution of Funds
- A written grant application shall first be submitted to the responsible District Superintendent. The grant application must be approved by the District Superintendent in writing prior to being considered by the Trustees.
- Completed grant applications shall be forwarded to the Conference Treasurer’s office by March 1 for Spring grants and September 1 for the Fall grants.
- The Grant Review Committee shall review the grants for appropriateness, feasibility, and worthiness.
- The Extended Cabinet shall review the requests and provide comments and recommendations to Grant Review Committee.
- The Grant Review Committee shall present its recommendations to the full Board of Trustees at the April and October meetings or at such time as directed by the Trustees. Based on the information presented, the Trustees shall have the sole authority to determine the recipients and the amounts of the grants.
Follow-up on the effectiveness of approved programs and grants shall include:
- Monthly reports until all the funds have been utilized.
- A final report after the funds have been utilized.
- A follow-up report on the impact, results, and future of the program three (3) months after the funds have been utilized.
Types of Grant Support
The Endowment supports projects with outright funds or on a cost-sharing basis. Outright funds are awarded by the Endowment and are not contingent on additional fund-raising. Cost-sharing funds require a grantee to secure remaining funds from other sources before endowment funds are awarded. Cost sharing awards enable the Endowment to provide support to a greater number of projects. The Endowment may only be able to offer funding at a different level than requested. The application should indicate if the project‘s success is contingent only on a full award.
Application: The Dewees Grant Application must be submitted for consideration.
Revised April 2012