Grant Application

Due date for submitting an Older Adult Ministry Grant Application is on or before February 15, May 15, August 15, and October 15.

(view application details below)

The Criteria

  1. The ministry (program/project) must contribute directly to the mission and ministries of making disciples of Jesus Christ and must be consistent with the doctrine and social principles of the United Methodist Book of Discipline.
  1. The ministry must focus on developing intentional, innovative, and creative ministries by, with and for older adults.
  1. Applications shall be submitted by local congregations, districts or other entities in the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church for the purpose of developing and implementing ministries that impact the well-being of older adults.
  1. The ministry must:
  • address root causes of critical issues related to older adults;
  • include a process for local churches (or districts or other entities) to listen, discern, and respond to the issues and concerns of older adults;
  • enhance the spiritual faith development of older adults;
  • demonstrate significant involvement of older adults in decision-making, development, and implementation of the program/project;
  • be culturally sensitive and inclusive in all aspects of the program/project;
  • demonstrate a commitment from other funding partners for ongoing support
  1. All applications will be reviewed by ENCORE Ministries and grants awarded through funding by the Golden Cross Foundation.
  1. Priority will be given to new ministries or pilot projects.
  1. Grants will be awarded on a one-year basis and only one grant for 2016 will be awarded per recipient.
  1. Typical maximum amount per grant is up to $10,000; however, other funding amounts will be considered in consultation with the Golden Cross Foundation Grants Committee.
  1. Funds are not provided for budget deficit reduction.
  1. Complete the Grant Application found on pages 5 – 7 of this document.
  2. 11. Due date for submitting an Older Adult Ministry Grant Application is on or before February 15, May 15, August 15, and October 15.

Application Guidelines

  1. Stating the Problem/Need
  • What are the issues or needs that are being addressed by the church, district, or other TN Conference related entity requesting these funds?
  • How have the persons who will benefit from this ministry been involved in the decisions about the issues and needs?
  • Who is most affected by this issue/need?
  1. Description of the Ministry
  • What solutions have you already attempted to do to meet the issue/need?
  • What are you going to do to address the needs?
  1. Ministry Objectives
  • What do you want to accomplish through this ministry (desired outcomes)?
  • Describe the steps to be taken to achieve the desired objectives of your ministry.
    • Who are the beneficiaries of this ministry?
    • When and where will the ministry take place?
  1. Evaluation Plan
  • Evaluation lets us know what a ministry looks like in operation, as well as the results it is achieving. How are you going to evaluate this ministry?
  • Who will handle the evaluation?
  • What methods will you use to evaluate?
  • ENCORE Ministries requires a written ministry evaluation within twelve (12) months after receiving a grant from the Golden Cross Foundation
  1. Budget
  • Aside from this grant, how do you plan to obtain funds to operate this ministry?
  • List the amounts received or committed from your local church, district, annual conference, or other funding sources, etc.
  1. Leadership
  • Who are the persons involved in the leadership of the ministry?
  • Are a majority of the decision-makers for this ministry older adults?
  1. Submission Procedures
  • The original application must be submitted on or before four (4) weeks prior to the quarterly meeting of the Golden Cross Foundation board of directors each year.

If Your Grant Application is Approved

If your grant application is approved and funded, you will:

  1. Be notified by mail (email and/or phone call) no later than two (2) weeks following the approval of your application.
  1. Be asked to sign and return an Agreement Form.
  1. Receive a check for the full amount of the grant (unless specific details are indicated upon grant approval).
  1. Be required to evaluate the program/project within twelve (12) months of receiving the grant award and submit a written report to the director of ENCORE Ministries. This evaluation shall include photos of the ministry and at least a 500-word description/summary of the ministry.
  1. Due date for application must be submitted with all necessary signatures on or before four (4) weeks prior to the quarterly meeting of the Golden Cross Foundation Board of Directors
  1. Mail completed application form (pages 5-6, including Attachments A-F) to: 

Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., Director
ENCORE Ministries
Golden Cross Foundation
909 Hot Springs Court
Gallatin, TN 37066-4137

Grant Evaluation Report Form

An evaluation report must be completed and submitted along with photos and supporting documents within 12 months of receiving Grant Funding from the Golden Cross Foundation.