Innovative Ministry Grant Applications Being Accepted

April 24, 2014

Spark12 provides funding, coaching, and other support for young adult leaders and those working with young adults who have innovative ideas they believe will change the world. The deadline for applications for grants has been extended to May 16.

Spark12, supported by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, is accepting applications from teams or individuals who want to bring their ideas to life.

“The world is constantly changing as are the needs of our neighbors. The church needs new ideas infused into its work to keep what we’re doing relevant and meaningful. There are young people today with innovative ideas that will transform our communities. Spark12 is designed to help support promising ideas and individuals as they bring innovative solutions to a world in need of transformation,” said the Rev. Trip Lowery, director of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment at GBHEM who oversees Spark12.
Those selected as Spark12 fellows will receive funding, mentors with expertise in a related field, and a network of peers eager to perfect the work of the team. Spiritual formation coaches will help fellows remain grounded and oriented toward doing the most good.
As a Spark12 fellow, participants will be challenged to refine their vision, learn how to express their goals, and be networked with people/organizations that might be inclined to support an idea like theirs. Spark12 organizers believe the process will help participants be more successful than if they launched their ideas alone.
Finalists will be interviewed in June, and those that are selected as fellows will be invited to a retreat in Nashville in August for coaching and mentoring sessions.
For more information or to submit an application, visit the Spark12 website.