The Illinois Great Rivers Conference Board of Church and Society awards grants toward programs and ministries that focus on creating a more just society. The grants can be up to $5,000. Applications are reviewed in a timely matter as they are received by the conference board. Applicants must work toward achieving at least one of the following objectives:
It is the goal of the Board of Church and Society to empower churches to do the work of justice. The money for the grants has been collected through offerings at local churches. The purpose of the grant is to empower successful programs or launch new ones. The grant is not intended to be a long-term funding option, but can provide a much-needed lift to get an idea off the ground.
If you are interested in starting a preschool for low-income families, refurbishing bikes with at-risk youth, starting a food pantry, hosting an advocacy day, starting a mentoring program with at-risk youth, or any number of programs or ministries, the Peace with Justice Grant can help you get started.