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Rule 2 Grant

The Rule 2 Grant is a GBHEM matching grant that supports collegiate ministry internships designed to further the reach of a collegiate ministry within, or beyond, its campus context. Selected recipients will be awarded a maximum of $3,000 per grant, and these funds must be matched by an equal amount (up to a maximum match of $3,000). Grant funding must be used to support new student internships that create vital leadership with a new program, special event, local church and/or community-based engagement of some kind.

Collegiate ministry internship grant recipients

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2019 GRANTS IS NOW CLOSED. Please see below for frequently asked questions and information on how to prepare for the 2020 grant application.

Rule 2 Grant Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I apply?

  • Visit the online application site.
  • If you have never used the ISTS system that GBHEM uses to process loan and scholarship requests, you may need to use the program key: GBHEMRULE2.
  • Applications submitted outside this process will not be accepted.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Applicants must be a United Methodist collegiate ministry, local church, district, conference or other United Methodist affiliated group/organization that serves college or university students.

Is there a time limit attached to the funding?

  • Rule 2 Grant funds must be completely expended within one full calendar year from fund disbursement.

When is the 2019 application deadline?

  • May 1, 2019

What is the 2019 program timeline?

  • Application period opens: March 1, 2019
  • Application submission deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Grant recipients notified: June 3, 2019
  • Grants remitted: July 1, 2019

What are the selection criteria?

  • Funding priority will be given to proposals that meet the following requirements:
  • Sustainable: able to transition from a 50 percent matching grant for the 2019-2020 academic year to be fully funded for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Reproducible: applicable to similar programs, projects, events or opportunities in other ministry contexts.
  • Innovative: creatively engages or advances the ministry’s work.
  • Leveraged: relies upon matching/additional funds from other sources to multiply the impact of the grant (for the first year) and to secure full funding thereafter if the internship remains viable.
  • Structured: the $3,000 grant funds fall semester 2019, and the $3,000 matching fund underwrites the cost of the internship for spring semester 2020. Note: a recommended $3,000 per-semester stipend for a 10-hour weekly commitment, over 16 weeks, would enable interns to earn $18.75 per hour.
  • Equitable: provides low income, first generation, nontraditional, ethnic minority and/or students of color, who are often less able to take an unpaid internship, an opportunity to build leadership skills and professional capacities with compensation

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