WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 10 is the deadline to apply for an Ethnic Local Church Grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS).

The grants are to strengthen ethnic minority local churches through education, advocacy or leadership development as they engage in social justice. Two funding periods are available for consideration: Jan. 10 is the deadline for the spring cycle and Aug. 10 for the fall.

The Ethnic Local Church Grants program is to strengthen congregations through education, advocacy or leadership development for social justice engagement. Grants are awarded twice each year.

For more information, contact the Rev. Neal Christie (nchristie@umc-gbcs.org), GBCS assistant general secretary, Education & Leadership Formation, at 202-488-5611 or download the application at www.umc-gbcs.org.