Our Gulf Coast Synod, ELCA, has posted information about how to apply for grants for Hurricane and Flood Relief. Here is what they have to say about this:
Dear Gulf Coast Synod Leaders,
In the weeks since Hurricane Harvey, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from God’s people around the world. Many gifts were shared with us on your behalf. In an effort to assess needs to distribute these gifts, we invite you to participate in our disaster grant process. Although the funds cannot replace all that you have lost, we pray that the grants disbursed will be of help in a significant way.
This link will direct you to the page on our website that was prepared for this unique purpose: gulfcoastsynod.org/congregations/disaster/grant
You can also find this page by clicking the yellow “Disaster Grant” link, on the Disaster Prep & Recovery page of the synod website (gulfcoastsynod.org).
Our timeline for distribution is:
Application deadline: December 31, 2017.
Notification of grant status: January 31, 2018.
We will take into consideration critical needs and respond appropriately to the requests identified in that manner.
Please note that the phrase “disaster recovery needs” includes damage done to the location of your special community outreach ministries, such as food pantry, book pantry/collection, and so forth, as well as the ability to continue these ministries following the disaster that may or may not have flooded your congregation’s facilities. We can discuss any questions you have about what can be represented in your request.
Amount of Your Request Range
We ask that you request a dollar range (e.g. $2K to $5K), rather than a specific dollar amount. This allows us some flexibility as we determine how best to stretch the dollars in the fund.
Designated Contact Person
Please clearly identify the person who will be accountable to corresponding with the synod about this grant request. We ask that the contact person provide an update to the synod 3-6 months following distribution, as to how the money was actually used. Before-&-after photos of your project, along with a couple of sentences on how the grant supported your recovery efforts, will be used in synod communications about funding, recruiting volunteers, and especially to those who want to support this recovery effort with their prayers.
About Additional Documents
Please attach any documents that will assist in decision-making regarding this request. This may be a document you already have distributed to your church council or congregation outlining the status of the damage and the related repair/rebuild costs. If the document is accessible by link to your Web site, please indicate that by providing the link in your response to us.
Thanks to Salem Evangelical, Houston, and St James/Santiago Apostόl for allowing their own status statements to be used as samples. These documents are an example of the questions we will ask about your current status.
Thank you for your commitment to fulfilling God’s call to the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod for holistic ministry in this region.
We look forward to hearing from you through this means and in continuing conversations about our service together in the Gulf Coast.
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Recovery Team