Our Commitment to Women’s Health
As Women of the ELCA, we are prepared to lead boldly—first the church and then beyond—in promoting women’s complete and total health: physical, spiritual, and emotional. So we may foster this new initiative, our grants program will focus funding over the next triennium toward projects and agencies dedicated to education, healthcare, and advocacy, emboldening women and girls to lead healthier lives.
February 15 May June January 15 July 15
Women of the ELCA begins accepting completed proposals. All proposals must be postmarked on or before this date. Grant recipients are chosen. Funding is awarded. Recipients submit mid-year reports to Women of the ELCA. Recipients submit final reports.
WOMEN OF THE ELCA GRANTS PROGRAM
To obtain more information or to request an application, please contact: Women of the ELCA Grants Program 8765 W. Higgins Rd. Chicago, IL 60631-4101 773-380-2736 800-638-3522, ext. 2480 or ext. 2736 E-mail women.ELCA@elca.org Online applications and downloadable PDF files are available on the Web site October 15 through February 14. www.womenoftheelca.org
Women of the ELCA Purpose Statement
As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.
Raising up Healthy Women and Girls
Mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ
Women of the ELCA seeks proposals from not-for-profit organizations, both domestic and international, that support healing and wholeness for women of all ages through the affirmation and advancement of women’s emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
• Advocacy for accessible family planning options for women suffering from oppressive social conditions such as domestic violence, bigotry, racism, and poverty. • Programs that offer respectful counsel to women both during and following their decision-making process when faced with an unintended pregnancy. 3. The affirmation of a steadfast faith: Sustaining our spiritual health. • Programs that engage women in thoughtful discussions of theology and its relevance to their lives. • Educating women on social, environmental, and global issues within the context of the Christian faith. • Programs that advocate understanding differing faiths and religious practices in a multicultural landscape.
Grants will be awarded to programs that support one or more of the following three visions: 1. The making of a sound mind: Improving women’s inner health • Programs empowering women to regard themselves as worthy, self-respecting individuals, promoting issues of selfesteem, positive body image, and sexual responsibility. • Projects that instill self-sufficiency through life management courses such as job skills training, second-career planning, or financial and debt management. • Counseling for victims of physical and emotional abuse, dealing with grief, guilt, brokenness, and anger. • Agencies advocating new methods of confronting depression, addressing both the root causes and the debilitating nature of depression. 2. The building of a strong body: Medical prevention and treatment • Free or subsidized health screenings for women to address heart disease, diabetes, stroke, or cancer.
is your only opportunity to speak to the importance, uniqueness, implementation and financial need of your ministry. You must include all requested documentation and faithfully follow the proposal guidelines. When writing a proposal: • Take the time necessary to develop a realistic and clearly achievable plan. • Request a reasonable amount of funding. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000. • Indicate how your program or project is innovative, includes partnerships with other groups, engages women of color or whose language is other than English, or involves Women of the ELCA or the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
To ensure the continuing success of our ministries and the new health initiative for the 2005–2008 triennium, private gifts to Women of the ELCA are essential in supporting our faithful women and their callings around the world. If you would like to make a donation to our grants program or another ministry of Women of the ELCA, please contact Deborah Powell, director for operations, at the address on back.
Your grant proposal must: • meet a demonstrated health need of women in the community; • request funding for one year for objectives achievable within that year; • demonstrate the involvement of women in decision-making and evaluation; • be consistent with the Women of the ELCA purpose statement.
The requests for funds each year far exceed the resources available. Your proposal