Apply for a Grant
Grants will be made to non-profit organizations (not individuals) that serve the needs of the homeless and very low-income people within the boundaries of the North Georgia Conference. Such organizations, if not United Methodist Churches, must be recognized by the IRS as non-profit. This support will include, but not be limited to: renovation, construction, or equipment purchase for shelters, transitional housing, single room occupancy rental units, and operational costs for ministries or non-profits meeting our criteria. We require a relationship with a United Methodist Church.
The Housing and Homeless Council does not fund preschool, after school, or summer camp programs unless they are for children who are experiencing homelessness.
Frequency of Grants
An organization can generally receive funding only once during a 12-month period. The only exceptions to this are when an organization receives an emergency grant, it may apply during the next grant cycle, but the amount of the emergency grant will be deducted from the grant. Very large organizations that work in different areas of North Georgia may submit more than one application for different projects during the same 12-month period.
Types of Grants
The Housing and Homeless Council provides funding for capital grants and operating grants.
1. Operational Grant: These grants are awarded for operating expenses for an on-going program providing services to homeless or very low-income persons. These awards are limited to $2,500.
2. Capital Grant: These grants are for expenses including construction, renovation, providing fixtures/appliances for housing or permanent facilities for homeless or very low-income persons. These awards are limited to $10,000.
Special Types of Capital Grants (these are capital grants with lower funding limits):
Habitat Grant: A grant for a Habitat for Humanity house. These are limited to $5,000. An application for a Habitat house must come from a United Methodist church or a group in which United Methodist churches are involved. Only one application per build site will be accepted.
Renovation Grant for Owner-Occupied Homes: These are projects in which volunteers perform repairs on homes owned and occupied by low-income persons to make the homes habitable. An application for a renovation grant must be from a local United Methodist church or a United Methodist-supported project. These grants are limited to $1,000 per house or $5,000 for five or more homes.
3. Emergency Grants
An emergency grant may be for either capital expenses, as for unexpected overrun in construction costs or for project completion in the event of unpredictable capital shortage, or for operating expenses, to ease temporary cash-flow problems. Council by-laws limit these grants to $1,000. These grants are not awarded between March 1 and mid-May or between September 1 and mid-November. Contact our office for more information.
A church or agency should apply no more than once a year and submit only one request at any time. Specific amounts are needed for requested renovations. Please include documented estimates. If a specific capital project is awarded a grant one year, another grant will not be awarded in future years for that same renovation or project.
Application deadlines for receipt of applications are March 1 and September 1 (or the working day that follows if this date falls on a weekend or holiday). Announcement and distribution of grants are made by June 1 and December 1.
Applications for Spring 2021 are now available. Please read carefully as the process has changed!
Our Application process for Spring 2021 has changed! Please read all instructions below. If you received a grant in the fall of 2020, you are not eligible for the Spring 2021 cycle.
As of our Spring 2021 cycle, the application should be completed electronically through this website. We are no longer requesting paper applications.
Before you apply, be sure that you understand the type of grant that fits your application purpose. Do not ask for more than the maximum for the appropriate category. Please remember that Operational Grants are limited to $2500 and Capital Grants are limited to $10,000.
For an application to be considered complete, you will need to completely fill out the online form, including uploading your budget and leadership, along with bids if you are making a capital request. Additionally, you will need to ask your Endorsing Church to complete an online form as well. If you are a UMC making the request, you may fill out the Endorsing Church form yourself.
All completed applications must contain an Endorsing Church form. No application will be accepted without an Endorsing Church. If a United Methodist Church is applying, the applicant church should fill out this form as the endorsing church.
The North Georgia conference has recently realigned its districts. There are now 8 districts, each with a District Superintendent, in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. Please contact (email or phone) the District Superintendent of your area (the district of your endorsing church) and confer with him/her regarding this application since he/she will be asked to evaluate your grant request. If you do not know the name of the district or the DS, please check with your endorsing church, and they will provide the information. If you have not talked with the District Superintendent about this specific grant request, your application will not be considered for funding.
The following must be included for an application to be complete-click on links or buttons below:
Expenditure Report Form (if you have received funds within the past 12 months and have not yet submitted this)
Please note: For Habitat builds (and similar), only one application per build site will be accepted. For example, if Main St UMC is building a Habitat House with the Anytown County Habitat affiliate, either the church or the Habitat affiliate may apply for a grant for that particular build, but not both.
The deadline for submission is March 1, 2021. Applications will not be accepted after that time.
If you have any questions, or any trouble with the online forms, please contact Laura Rappold at 1-866-333-1760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.