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).