Older adult ministry grant applications due by Jan. 15

Older adult ministry grant applications due by Jan. 15

Submitted by Jean Henderson

Grants provided by the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries are part of the Comprehensive Plan for Older Adult Ministries adopted by General Conference 2008. The United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries will award grants for Caregiving Ministries in 20ll. All grant applications must be submitted to the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries, P.O. Box 340003, Nashville, TN 37203-0003. Grant applications that meet the criteria will be forwarded to the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries for review. All applications must include the required signatures. A copy of the grant application should be sent to your Annual Conference Council on Older Adult Ministries, if one exists.

The criteria:
1. The ministry (program/project) must be consistent with the doctrine and Social Principles of The United Methodist Church.
2. The ministry must focus on developing and implementing a Caregiving Ministires by, with, and/or for older adults.
3. Only local United Methodist congregations, districts, annual conferences, central conferences, and United Methodist-related institutions are eligible to apply and must submit a completed application.
4. The ministry must

  • provide a Caregiving Ministry of address an issue of Caregiving Ministry with older adults; and
  • include a process for grant recipients to listen, discern, and respond with a Caregiving Ministry; and
  • enhance the spiritual faith development of older adults, and
  • engage older adults in decision-making, development, and implementation of the ministry; and
  • be sensitive to the cultural, racial and age diversity of the community; and
  • serve as a model ministry and be capable of being replicated in other United Methodist settings.

5. All complete applications will be reviewed and grants awarded by the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries according to the criteria and requirements established by the committee.
6. Priority will be given to new ministries or pilot projects which show potential for sustainability.
7. The maximum grant per quadrennium per recipient is up to $2,500 seed money for the starting of a new ministry or up to $4,000 for continuing ministries with matching funds or in-kind contributions.
8. Postmark deadline for submitting a Caregiving Older Adult Ministry Grant Application is Jan. 15, 2011. Applications postmarked after Jan. 15 will not be considered. Applicants must send the original completed application plus three copies.

For an application, visit www.aging-umc.org

Submit the completed application form and supporting documents to:

Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries
Teri Kline, Project Coordinator
General Board of Discipleship - UMC
P. O. Box 340003
Nashville, TN 37303-0003
Telephone: (614) 340-7177
Toll-free: (877) 899-2780
Email: tkline@gbod.org


Jean Henderson is a member of the United Methodist Committee on Older Adults.