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Application deadline for Ethnic In-Service Training grants extended until September 30

July 15, 2015

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is accepting grant applications to fund programs that recruit, train and retain racial-ethnic United Methodists for leadership positions until September 30.

Eight to 10 Ethnic In-Service Training grants are approved each year for programs that develop racial-ethnic leadership of The United Methodist Church (UMC) and its ministries. Funding for the grants comes from contributions to World Communion Sunday, observed this year on October 4, or any other Sunday your church chooses.

“These grants give the denomination the opportunity and capacity to significantly impact our neighbors and the world through meaningful outreach projects – for that we are grateful,” said Cynthia Bond Hopson, GBHEM’s assistant general secretary, Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns.

The grants, typically $5,000 to $10,000 depending on how many are approved, are funded with 15 percent of the World Communion Offerings allocated to GBHEM. World Communion Sunday is one of six churchwide Special Sundays of the UMC. This offering provides graduate scholarships for national and international students; undergraduate scholarships for racial-ethnic national and international students within the U.S.; as well as funds for the Ethnic In-Service training grants for leadership development. The other 85 percent of World Communion Offerings provide scholarships for U.S. racial-ethnic students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Partnerships and collaborative efforts between and with campus ministries, chaplaincies, institutions of higher education and general agencies are encouraged to apply. Other ministry settings in the United Methodist connection eligible for the grants are innovative, creative programming for children’s homes, retirement homes, camping and retreat centers and hospitals. Programs are expected to have clear goals and measurable outcomes.

Grants are one-time seed money, in an amount not to exceed $10,000, provided for one year to approved programs. However, additional requests may be submitted for follow-up funding after appropriate reports and evaluation. Apply online now.

To learn more and get resources to observe World Communion Sunday, or donate online, visit