Henry Martinez

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking Grants



ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking grants are available to support local efforts to educate and mobilize ELCA congregations, groups, and/or synods.  This particular grant program supports engaging educational and networking opportunities focused on the root causes of and solutions to hunger.

In 2014 we are particularly interested in receiving education proposals that focus on increasing youth and young adult engagement; address racism, sexism and classism within domestic poverty; and increase awareness of the experience of domestic poverty.  Education funding can be used for events, educational programs or the development of shareable resources.   For networking proposals, congregation-based and synod-based hunger leader 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 operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) that must:

  1. Provide a short (2-3 paragraph) 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 for ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking.
  2. Summarize how the project, event, or initiative will:
    1. Educate and mobilize 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
  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 objectives by which the success of your proposal implementation will be evaluated.
    1. At least one process objective: What activities will be completed in what specific time period?
    2. At least one outcome objective: 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.)
  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. Please include a budget for the event, project or initiative using the narrative budget format (example shown 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, 2014 to be considered for funding.

If you have any questions please email hunger@elca.org.