Grants Committee Minutes – 12 May 2021

Present: Betty Angelini, Chair; Lisa Allgood, Amy Duiker, Chip Hardwick, Skip Jackson, Georgia McCall Amy opened the meeting with prayer.

Minutes from 12 April 21 tabled for approval until next meeting since quorum not present at time of action.

Educational Scholarships:

  • Amount to award is $37,000
  • Team working on this portion of charge is:
    • Lisa, faciliatator
    • Skip
    • Georgia
  • Based on input received from promotional activity and with knowledge from Chip that we have received 3 applications, we may need to offer extension to due date
    • We will decide that on 25 with email communication
  • In response to a proof of enrollment queery, we would prefer both enrollment letter from institution and class schedule for fall in that order but will accept only the first if that is all that is
  • Criteria/Procedure for reviewing applications
    • The members present suggested that Chip/Heather do initial review for eligibilty and distribute to the preliminary group those who are eligible
    • The working team will review and recommend who and how much with caveats that those who mark BIPOC and demonstrate financial need will receive priority
    • The committee suggests that how the person answers Matthew 25 related questions has greater weight than career goals
      • Chip and Lisa will work on developing form/methodology

Church Grants-$50,000 to award

  • Team
    • Betty, facilitator
    • Amy
    • Fran
    • Jackie
  • Based on input from Chip, we will move the application posting date to July 1, 2021
  • Grant writing seminar-
    • Chip and Lisa will send potential presenter from within the synod to Betty who will begin to arrange and work with church grants team
  • This working group will develop revised application to present at next
  • This working group will also do preliminary review of applications and make recommendations for committee to approve for

Church Grants 2020

  • When these grants were awarded in /Dec. 2020, the awardees were advised of the need to submit a report at 6 and 12 months
  • Lisa, Chip and Betty presented a draft report format that the group revised
  • Group asked to review and suggest further modifications by 19.21 so can be sent out with deadline for return by 6.15.21

Georgia closed the meeting in prayer.

Our next meeting is 23 June, 2021, at 10AM.

  • Opening prayer-??
  • Closing prayer-??

Coram Deo, Lisa and Betty Synod Mission Statement

We, the Synod of the Covenant, in partnership with our presbyteries, congregations, the General

Assembly and other faith communions, are called and sent by God to be a living, active and inclusive witness to the love of Christ.

Matthew 25 embrace these areas of focus:

  • Building congregational vitality by challenging people and congregations to deepen their faith and get actively and joyfully engaged with their community and the
  • Dismantling structural racism by advocating and acting to break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of
  • Eradicating systemic poverty by working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.