Gina Tonn

ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking Grants

2015 Request for Proposals

The ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking grants program is designed to support local programs in ELCA congregations, groups and/or synods. The grant opportunity encourages ELCA congregation, groups and/or synods to think creatively about educating, mobilizing, and expanding their networks to increase awareness of the root causes of and solutions to hunger.

Education grants can be used for events, educational programs or the development of shareable resources. For networking proposals, congregation-based and synod-based hunger leader events and trainings will be prioritized.

We are looking for proposals submitted by a non-profit charitable organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or organization that operates under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3). Proposals must:

  1. Provide a short (2-3 paragraphs) description of your congregation, group or organization and a narrative of the context in which the project, event or initiative will take place. This should clearly show what your program, congregation or group is attempting to address and how the proposal relates to the current priorities of ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking.
  2. Summarize how the project, event or initiative will:
    1. Educate and engage ELCA congregations, groups, and/or synods;
    2. Influence this church body toward better action and engagement against hunger and poverty; and
    3. Encourage sustainable participation in the anti-hunger work of ELCA World Hunger past the conclusion of the project, event or initiative.
  3. Provide a clear “goal statement” that summarizes the direction and focus of the program and defines the scope.
  4. For education proposals, please list the learning objectives and audience for the event, resource or initiative which the grant will support.
  5. List two or three specific, measurable outcomes by which the success of your proposal will be evaluated.
    1. At least one process outcome: What activities will be completed in what specific time period?
    2. At least one impact outcome: What are the expected results – what change, by how much, where and when?
  6. Summarize the implementation strategies and methods and/or sustainability of your plan (identifying additional sources of funding if needed). If the project, event or initiative is an annual or cyclical occurrence, or you have previously applied for an ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking Grant, please include a summary of how you plan to create a self-sustaining program or how the program has grown and changed since the last grant received.
  7. Demonstrate an ELCA connection with one letter of support by an ELCA pastor, bishop, or Lutheran agency/institution that explains how a relationship between the organization and ELCA World Hunger impacts/enhances each other’s work and furthers the objectives and guidelines of ELCA World Hunger.
  8. Include your organization’s name, address, contact person, email, phone number, and tax ID number with your proposal.
  9. The amount of funding you are seeking in a budget for the event, project or initiative using the format below:
Item Amount Explanation
Put the line item label here. Put the line item cost here. Describe how you came to that amount (show your calculations, if relevant). You may also use this section to further explain why you need this cost covered, if you believe that is not clear from the proposal.


Proposals will be reviewed throughout the year. All proposals must be received by December 31, 2015 to be considered for funding.

If you have any questions please email