grant APPLICATION guidelines

SECTION 1 – SPONSOR INFORMATION


This section is for the person or organization who is nominating the person or organization for a grant. The sponsor can be an individual member or non-member of Hope Lutheran Church, or an organization sponsoring another organization or community group.

Please be sure to fill in the contact information, especially the e-mail address, as the sponsor will be kept informed of application and voting processes via email. The “relationship to applicant” could be friend, family member, benefactor, patron, etc. Once this section is completed, the application should be taken to the intended applicant to complete the balance of the application. It is important that the applicant have knowledge of this grant application and participate in the process from the very beginning.


SECTION 2- APPLICANT CONTACT INFORMATION

This section is for the person or organization who would be receiving the grant to fill out. The contact person needs to be the individual with whom the committee can be in communication. If there is a direct phone number or email address for that person, it should be completed in this section. Please include the website and mission statement.


SECTION 3 – APPLICANT INFORMATION

This section provides additional information about the applicant. Please check all that apply.


SECTION 4 – REASON FOR REQUEST

In this section indicate the amount that the applicant is requesting, and provide a brief description of your project and purpose as covered in the listed bullet points. Additional supporting documentation, such as financial information, is necessary.


THE SMALL PRINT

Grant awards are for one year only and must be used within one year from the date of receipt. A grant may only be used for the purpose stated in the grant application.

If the funded program is not implemented, the grant funds must be returned to Hope Lutheran Church.  Applicants will not automatically be eligible for funds in the next grant cycle, yet may reapply when the following conditions have been met: 1) The funded program has been completed and all funds are expended. 2) The applicant has complied with all other grant conditions including submission of a final report.

Hope Lutheran Church through their Outreach Gift Distribution Committee performs due diligence on all grant applications. The committee considers the written application, telephone interviews, and further research.

After a grant is awarded, applicants are asked to provide documentation about the project’s outcome. Hope Lutheran Church Outreach Gift Distribution Committee has the sole responsibility for the final approval of each grant. Since the committee receives funding requests that far exceed the available grant budget, not every worthy project can be funded.


In addition to applying for the grant, also consider the many ways that the Hope community may be able to help your organization fulfill its mission. Members do volunteer work and may be able to assist you with needed manpower. Hope Lutheran Church also has an annual Alternative Christmas Fair each November, which is an opportunity for charitable organizations to raise funds and awareness. If your organization would like to participate in the Alternative Christmas Fair, contact the church office. And, as always, wherever you are in your spiritual journey, Hope Lutheran Church welcomes you to worship and participate in the broad range of programs and activities here.


COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHO CAN SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?

Anyone. The Hope Lutheran Church through their Outreach Gift Distribution Committee (OGDC) encourages church members to let potential applicants know about the grant application process. All grant applications must be submitted by mail (2 copies) or by email using the Outreach Grant Application.  


WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?

Completed application forms should be turned in to Hope Lutheran Church by January 28, 2018.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A GRANT?

An individual or organization, non-profit or for profit, is eligible to receive a grant as long as the stated need aligns with the “spirit of the gift” of the HLC Gift Distribution Committee.


AFTER COMPLETING AND RETURNING THE APPLICATION, ARE POTENTIAL RECIPIENTS CONTACTED?

Yes. Committee members will research the individual or organization seeking the grant. This may include background information on the organization, financial information, whether the grant will benefit capital, programmatic or human resources, the audience directly impacted from the grant, etc. This information is then shared with the entire committee.


HOW MUCH CAN BE REQUESTED?

Each year, the OGDC has $25,000 to disburse. An individual or organization can request up to this amount. A request does not guarantee that any or all of these funds will be distributed to any applicant.


HOW IS A DECISION REACHED?

The committee reaches consensus on the candidates to be selected for the congregational presentation. (Sunday, March 11, 2018). Each individual or organization which makes it to this phase will be invited to speak briefly before the congregation. Members of the congregation then privately cast their vote as to which individual/organization they would like to see receive a grant. The results of voting determine the final applicant selections and automatically prioritizes the amount to be awarded to each.


WHEN WILL THE PRESENTATIONS TAKE PLACE?

Sunday, March 11, 2018


WHEN DOES THE CONGREGATION VOTE?

March 11 and March 18, 2018


WHEN WILL THOSE WHO RECEIVE GRANTS BE NOTIFIED?

After March 19, 2018. A committee member will contact the applicant(s) to confirm the grant and its amount.


WHEN WILL GRANT(S) BE DISBURSED?

April 15, 2018


HOW DO I SUBMIT THE COMPLETED APPLICATION?

Applications can be mailed to the church office or emailed to secretary@hope-lutheran-church.com.

 

Hope Lutheran Church

ATTN: Outreach Gift Distribution Committee

39200 W. Twelve Mile Rd.,

Farmington Hills, MI 48331