The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) announced this week that it is making available grants of up to $33,000, and possibly more, to help fund projects that its member churches, either individually or in regional groups, are undertaking.
Even in these hard, economic times, with governments and churches cutting their budgets, the WCRC in Geneva, Switzerland, has found itself in the position of being able to award the grants.
The grants will come from the WCRC Partnership Fund, which has $450,000 that it wants to award to member churches by the end of 2011.
"Thanks to the generosity of the Protestant Development Agency (EED) in Germany and other donors, we find ourselves inSeptember 2011 with significantly more money to award in grants than we had expected," explains Douwe Visser, coordinator of the fund.
Visser encourages churches to apply as soon as possible -- preferably before the end of October, he says, to give the fund time to process the application.
The Partnership Fund of the WCRC “is a solidarity fund that shows our communion in Jesus Christ by helping our member churches to carry out projects in mission or service that otherwise they could not afford,” says the Partnership Fund website.
“The Partnership Fund committee makes grants to member churches, or regional groups of member churches, based on the criteria of the fund. There are general criteria for all projects, specific criteria for mission projects, and specific criteria for service projects.”
Additional information for the media is available from Kristine Greenaway in the WCRC’s Office of Communications. Her email is [email protected].
The Christian Reformed Church in North America is a member of WCRC, which was founded in the summer of 2010 as a consolidation of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council.
The alliance and council officially became one ecumenical organization in a meeting on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The WCRC has 230 member churches representing 80 million Christians worldwide.