The Genesis Fund, established in 1996 from funds raised through the Make a Difference Campaign, provides seed money for faith-based projects that are innovative or experimental, represent a new initiative in Christian mission, or that may be deemed controversial. Funds are available for domestic and international projects.
For what purposes may Genesis Fund monies be used?
Please Note: The Genesis Fund Committee strictly adheres to these funding limitations when awarding grants.
Genesis Fund grant monies may be used for:
a. Direct program staff or consultant salaries and benefits, to enable implementation of innovative projects;
b. Program expenses;
c. Computer/technology equipment costs;
d. Power point /video production expenses;
e. Program-related office expenses (telephone, postage, etc.);
f. Publicity/promotional costs (publication and distribution).
Genesis Fund grant monies may NOT be used for:
a. Stipends or scholarships;
b. Capital expenses (buildings, major repairs, furnishings).
Terms of the Grant
First-time project grants range from $2,000 to $12,000. Project grants may be renewed in the subsequent year only; $2,000 to $8,000. Grantees shall submit a Grant report by the due date, which will be indicated in the Notice of Grant Award.
25% of project funds must come from other sources in year one. 35% of project funds must come from other sources if a grant is renewed.
Genesis Fund grant monies, or any portion thereof, that are not utilized for the stated purpose by the Grant Report, must be returned to the United Church of Christ for reinvestment in the Make a Difference! Genesis Fund endowment. It is the responsibility of the grantee to notify United Church of Christ Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship if the grant funds, or any portion thereof, have not been used or if it appears that the funds will not be used within the specified time frame.
Who may apply for Genesis Fund grants?
The following entities are eligible to submit proposals:
a. United Church of Christ local churches, associations, conferences and national bodies;
b. UCC-related institutions* in service to the community;
c. Overseas/Global Partner Churches of the United Church of Christ.
* Full members of the UCC Council for Higher Education, the UCC Council for Theological Education, and the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries as listed in the UCC Yearbook.
All proposals considered must be for projects clearly related to actions of the General Synod of the United Church of Christ within one of the following programmatic areas:
the rights and freedoms of all persons
the fair use of economic resources
Applicants are asked to identify the one category in which they wish their proposal to be considered as well as provide the rationale for that category.
Applicant must agree that project success may be depicted in UCC marketing materials.
Grantee must agree to share best practices when called upon by others who wish to implement a similar project.
Requires the use of SMART Goals; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Limited.
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