Apply for Funding for Your Just Energy For All Campaign

 Apply for Funding for Your Just Energy For All Campaign

The Office of Economic and Environmental Justice invites United Methodist Women groups to apply for grants to help support local organizing campaigns to advance just energy for all. Funding is available for work happening at the circle, unit, district, conference or jurisdiction level. United Methodist Women groups are strongly encouraged to apply for a grant to support work that is happening collaboratively — in coalition/partnership with other organizations or groups — so long as such work involves substantial participation from local United Methodist Women members.

We will consider applications for stand-alone UMW-led work, but we strongly encourage collaborative campaign work with United Methodist Women groups acting in coalition with other organizations and groups to achieve a shared goal. We can best do this work by working together.

About the Just Energy for All Campaign
Our Just Energy for All Campaign works for energy that is cleaner and more just for all of God’s people and creation. The means advocating for 100% renewable energy (RE) – such as solar, wind, small-scale hydro and geothermal – that is centered on justice and equity.

Goal of UMW Grant Support
The goal is to support United Methodist Women's efforts to advance just energy for all by providing small scale grants to deepen existing campaigns and/or develop new campaigns.

Available Grant Support
Consideration will be given to funding requests of $100 – $5,000. We invite each applicant to carefully consider the amount of funding needed and to document the budget and the rationale in the application. Funding is limited, so please budget responsibly and request only the amount that you will need. Requests for funding in excess of $5,000 will not be considered.

Criteria for Evaluating Applications
Many United Methodist Women groups are doing wonderful work in a variety of areas – awareness-building, direct services, education, Bible Study, prayer groups and more. However, this funding support is specifically designated for organizing and campaign work. Such work may also include some component of direct service provision, Bible Study, awareness-building, etc., but it must include an organizing/campaign component.

Your campaign should have a clear goal or target – e.g. a concrete change in practice or policy – that will address the climate crisis and advance just energy for all. Campaign goals may be at any level, from work advocating for 100% renewable energy policies at a municipal, state or corporate level, to pressing for electrification of school buses or expanding solar energy to low-income communities. Campaign goals should demonstrate a healthy mix of ambition and realism.

Campaigns must show that they include the voices of directly impacted communities in the leadership and/or decision-making process. Depending on your specific context and campaign, directly impacted communities could include fence-line and frontline communities near power plants, mining, fracking areas and highly polluted areas, communities with high energy burden, those with health conditions impacted by climate change, or workers in the current energy industry.

Apply for the grant here.

Learn More
If you are unfamiliar with UMW’s Just Energy for All campaign, we strongly encourage applicants to participate in the next monthly Just Energy for All Strategizing and Capacity Building sessions (August 18 and September 15 from 3 to 4:30 pm ET). Register here.

We will also be hosting a webinar on August 25 at 1 pm ET specifically about our grants.

Additional resources that might be helpful as groups prepare their application can be found here.

Timeline
• Info Session: August 25, 2021, 1 pm ET. Register here.
• Application deadline: October 17, 2021
• Groups notified of funding support decisions: mid-December 2021
• Selected group(s) receive funding: mid-December to early January 2022
• Implementation: 2022, or 2022 and 2023

All applications will be collected online via the form above. If you have questions about the application process or wish to confirm receipt of your submission, contact climatejustice@unitedmethodistwomen.org. For a preview of the application, click here.

Posted or updated: 8/4/2021 12:00:00 AM