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Applications now being accepted for Native American Leadership Development Fund Award

Fund provides opportunities to fill big dreams and strengthen Native American communities

by Gail Strange | Presbyterian News Service

The Rev. Irv Porter

LOUISVILLE — Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency is now accepting grant applications for the Native American Leadership Development Fund Award.

The 2022 one-time awards are being made available for education and/or leadership development of Native American Presbyterian leaders or in Native American Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) organizations and communities.

“We’re now inviting organizations and groups to submit a proposal for the Native American Leadership Fund Awards grant,” said the Rev. Irvin Porter, Associate for Native American Intercultural Congregational Support.

To qualify for consideration for the award, organizations must complete and submit a written grant application and proposal, Porter said. The deadline for submission is June 1.

Award recipients will then be selected, and funds will be disbursed later in 2022.

Tim McCallister, Coordinator for Mission Program Grants & Schools and Colleges Equipping Communities of Color, said, “These grants are being offered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to encourage pioneers, risk-takers and trailblazers. We are looking for proposals that are creative and inventive. We need to support people who are not afraid to fail, and church cultures that will encourage people to take risks to find new ways to succeed.”

“It is our hope that with this support, a lack of resources will not be an obstacle for people with vision to develop ministries and opportunities in Native American communities,” McCallister said.

According to Porter, “Tribes are getting back to normal as much as that is possible.”

“Tribal stipulations about gatherings are much better now and churches are opening all over. The malaise of the pandemic has hit Native churches hard,” Porter said. “So now, I believe, the time should be opportune for them to consider the grant as never before.”

The Native American Intercultural Congregational Support Office is seeking proposals from organizations and groups impacting communities and creating opportunities for Native Americans. The award is designed to encourage the birth of new proposals by organizations and groups, rather than to support existing leadership, development opportunities and ministries.

Grant applications may be found here. Applications, proposals and questions should be submitted to:

Tim McCallister

Presbyterian Mission Agency

100 Witherspoon Street

Louisville, KY 40202

(888) 728-7228, ext. 5230

(502) 569-5230

Proposals will be reviewed by a staff team in Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries. Following the awarding of the grant, the organization must submit a report to RE&WIM detailing how the grant was used.

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