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Wider Church Fund Grants

The Wider Church Fund was established by the Synod Council in 2004 and funded through a 10% tithe of the net proceeds from property sales. These grants are intended to help fund programs outside of our synod’s regular operating budget. In 2011, Bishop Rimbo requested that the Synod Council establish a Benevolence Task Force to work with him and the Assistant to the Bishop for Finance and Administration for the purpose of developing an application process for these grants, to serve as the entity to review grant applications received, and make recommendations to the Bishop. This has opened up the application process to a wider array of non-profit entities and provides those in our synod with the opportunity to encourage well-deserving entities to apply for a grant.

Examples of grants made in recent years are Lutheran Music Program, Koinonia, New York Interfaith Power & Light, Seafarers and International House, Mwangaza Education for Partnership, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Seafarer’s & International House, Lutheran Church in Liberia, Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Program, and Trinity Healing Center. Read an article about the 2014 grants.

General criteria for grants:

  1. Must be a 501(c)3 organization in existence for three or more years

  2. The grant cannot be used for capital needs

  3. Hunger programs are not eligible for these grants

  4. Individuals may not apply for these grants

  5. Congregations may not apply for these grants

  6. Organizations that have received a grant in each of the prior three (3) years may not apply for a grant in the current year

Download the application here. The application deadline for 2017 grants was November 30, 2016. 

Please contact Kathleen Schmidt, Assistant to the Bishop for Finance and Administration, at 212-870-2375 in the synod office if you have any questions regarding the application process.

 

 

 

Benevolence Task Force 

Bishop Robert Rimbo, staff

Kathleen Schmidt, staff

The Rev. John Backe

Sarah Beatty

The Rev. Brenda Irving

The Rev. James Sudbrock

  

 

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