Apply for a Grant
Guidelines and Eligibility
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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring 2020 cycle has been postponed until Fall 2020. All applicants in the Spring Cycle will be moved to the Fall Cycle- no action needed.
Unfortunately, we will not be opening the Fall Cycle to other applicants due to this change.
Please read all instructions very carefully. If you are unable to download the forms, please email Laura Rappold for assistance.
Application Form (Printable or Fillable)
Please choose either "printable" or “fillable” for the application, depending on if you prefer to complete the application by hand or on the computer. You do not need to complete both. Please submit 5 copies of the entire Application Form printed on letter-sized paper, front and back.
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.
All applicants must submit an Endorsing Church Form from a United Methodist Church. 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. 3 copies of the Endorsing Church form should be included in your application packet.
There are 12 districts, each with a District Superintendent, in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. Please contact 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:
5 two-sided copies of the application (choose printable or fillable above)
3 copies of the Endorsing Church Form 2020
Please include two sets of the following (collated):
A copy of the IRS tax-exempt letter (first time applicants only).
For United Methodist churches or agencies, a list of the governing board members. For non-United Methodist programs/ministries, a list of the board of directors with addresses and phone numbers included.
For on-going ministries, a list of funding sources for the previous year and a projection of funding sources for the upcoming year; for a one-time project (such as a Habitat house), a list of committed funding sources along with a list of expected funding sources needed to complete the project.
Any reports, brochures, etc. that you think would be helpful concerning your project. These are helpful to site visitors, but most Council members will not see these.
For Capital Grants only: Attach plans and/or specifications for work to be done and bids received.
If you received a grant last year, the Expenditure Report for the grant last year unless you have previously submitted it.
Any special instructions regarding driving directions, parking, location of the project, etc.
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.
Mail your complete application to 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030. You may also drop it off in person. Please note that The Housing and Homeless Council office is located in room 316 of Decatur First United Methodist Church. You may park at the Candler Street entrance and ring the bell during business hours Monday- Friday. Applications submitted via email or fax will not be accepted.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Rappold at 1-866-333-1760 or email@example.com.