Jan. 1 is deadline for rural churches to apply for 2020 Community Transformation Grants from The Turner Center, Martin Methodist College

11/4/2019



Throughout Methodist history, rural congregations have led meaningful change in local communities. To recognize and support the ongoing work of rural congregations, The Turner Center at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, today announced the 2020 Community Transformation Grant program.
 
This year, The Turner Center will award two, one-time grants of up to $5,000. Rural congregations and districts who recognize, cultivate, announce and invite their neighbors to participate in the Kingdom of God are eligible to apply. Applicants do not have to apply for the full amount.

The online application and information about eligibility may be found at https://www.cultivaterural.com/community-transformation-grant.
 
“Rural congregations make up the overwhelming majority of our churches in both the (United Methodist) denomination and in our two Annual Conferences (Memphis and Tennessee),” says Rev. Allen Stanton, executive director of The Turner Center.

“The best part of my job is seeing the important work that these congregations are doing to help their communities thrive. This grant is a way to support the work that is already happening in these congregations.”
 
Last year, 19 churches in Henry County, Tennessee, were awarded a one-time grant to run Project Bridge, a summer literacy program that pulled together volunteers and students from throughout the county. Click HERE to read that story.
 
Applications for the 2020 Community Transformation Grant are due by Jan. 1, 2020.

Winning grants will offer creative and meaningful approaches to leading community transformation and demonstrate a commitment to discovering the gifts of rural spaces. Successful proposals will meet all eligibility criteria, have evidence of support from key partners and demonstrate a clear plan for how the grant will be implemented.
 
Church and district leaders are encouraged to contact Rev. Stanton to discuss their ideas for possible projects, and to reach out to The Turner Center for more information at turnercenter@martinmethodist.edu, or 931-424-7347.
 
The Turner Center at Martin Methodist College is committed to cultivating thriving rural communities in South Central Tennessee and beyond. Established by an endowed gift from Cal Turner, Jr., the Turner Center supports leaders in the church and community who serve rural Tennessee.