WELCOME TO THE 2021 OUTREACH GIFT GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS!

Hope's Outreach Gift Grant, headed by a distribution committee, was started some time ago and continues its purpose of annually dispersing $25,000 to individuals or non-profits who demonstrate a need for a grant. The spirit of this gift is to encourage organizations to apply ... organizations that will feel a real impact by receiving a grant.


An individual or non-profit organization may request up to the entire amount of $25,000, however, your application does not guarantee a grant of any amount.


Grant money is disbursed based on a vote of the congregation. To find out more, please read on for this year's process:

the timeline

  • September 12, 2021 - The application process opens.
  • October 1, 2021 - Application forms and supporting documentation are due (late submissions will not be accepted).
  • October 26, 2021 - Applicants will be notified if they are moving on in the application process. Applicants moving forward will be required to submit a 3 minute video. Hope will offer recording services if needed on November 7 & 8 by appointment only.
  • November 5, 2021 - Videos are due unless you are recording at Hope (late videos will not be accepted and will disqualify the applicant). 
  • November 12, 2021 - Online voting begins.
  • November 21, 2021 - Online voting ends.
  • November 22-December 4, 2021 - Applicants are notified of congregational voting results. A committee member will contact the recipient(s) to confirm results of vote and amount approved.
  • December 5, 2021 - Monies will be disbursed.

the 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 email 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.
 
SECTION 2- APPLICANT CONTACT INFORMATION
This section is for the person or organization who would be receiving the grant. 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. Also, 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.


* Please note that if you received a grant from Hope Lutheran Church last year, an additional form will need to be submitted and can be found in the GRANT APPLICATION section below.

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 by email or by phone 248-553-7170.

frequently asked questions

WHO CAN SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?  

Anyone. Hope Lutheran Church through its Outreach Gift Distribution Committee (OGDC) encourages church members to let potential applicants know about the grant application process. All grant applications must be submitted online.


WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE? 

Completed application forms should be turned in to Hope Lutheran Church by October 1, 2021.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A GRANT? 

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

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. Each individual or organization which makes it to this phase will need to make a short 2 minute video in support of their application. This video will be made available to the congregation for viewing. Members of the congregation then 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 prioritize the amount to be awarded to each.

 
WHEN DOES THE CONGREGATION VOTE? 

This year, voting will occur online between November 12 and 21, 2021.
 
WHEN WILL THOSE WHO RECEIVE GRANTS BE NOTIFIED? 

A committee member will contact the applicant(s) to confirm the grant and its amount some time between November 22 and December 4, 2021.
 
WHEN WILL GRANT(S) BE DISBURSED? 

December 5, 2021

HOW DO I SUBMIT THE COMPLETED APPLICATION? 

Applications are submitted online (see below).

grant application

Grant applications are now online! Please scroll down to fill it out. If you have questions or need help filling out the application, please call Hope Lutheran Church at 248-553-7170 during business hours which are Monday through Thursday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

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