Latest Grant Cycle Receives 250+ Applications

Payne Chapel AME Church – a 2023 Equipping the Local Church Grant recipient

The Foundation for Evangelism closed its third grant cycle for Equipping the Local Church Grants on Feb. 29, 2024. When the application period closed, there were 259 applications submitted from 41 states and 8 Wesleyan denominations including:

  • African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • The Church of the Nazarene
  • Free Methodist Church
  • Global Methodist Church
  • The United Methodist Church
  • The Wesleyan Church

Each application offers a unique, contextually- appropriate strategy for their congregation’s evangelism ministry. Once the cycle closes, the applications move  to an internal screening by staff and the Foundation’s Grants Committee to determine which applications meet the criteria for the grant.

“Through our application, we seek to learn the story of each congregation’s gifts and opportunities to share the Gospel in creative ways, while trying to make the process straightforward and accessible for anyone,” said Dr. Heather Lear, Vice President for Grant Administration.

Following that initial screening, eligible grants will be reviewed by an independent review panel to help provide feedback on which grants best embody the intent of the grant to offer God’s transforming and abundant life – often addressing standard of living (physical needs), quality of life (belonging), and eternal (spiritual) life.

“Using the FFE values as the criteria, our application review panel looks at the underlying ideas and the intent to evaluate which grants will receive funding in this cycle. They look for new initiatives or experiments to share the Gospel in word and deed, build relationships, and invite others into a discipleship journey with Jesus.”

The 2024 application review panel represents a diverse range of expertise in evangelism, coming from five different Wesleyan-tradition denominations.

From the pool of applicants, up to 50 initiatives may be chosen for grant funding. The Foundation board and staff eagerly anticipate unveiling the selected initiatives in June of this year.

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