Zimmerman Trust Grant


 

No Applicants but $4,000 granted to projects of the UMW Regional Missionaries for leadership development and women empowerment. 

The Isobel F. Zimmerman Grant Program is a competitive grant program for monies directed toward “leadership development of Native Americans or African Americans or in support of a Women’s Division (now United Methodist Women) Foreign Mission Project.” There were no applications in either 2020 or 2021 thereby making $4,000 available this year. Charged with selecting grant recipients, the Committee on Charter for Racial Justice Policies granted the $4,000 to projects of the UMW Regional Missionaries for leadership development and women empowerment. Currently there are seven United Methodist Women’s Regional Missionaries who through the Regional Missionary Initiative work to provide women with tools that positively impact poverty. Leadership development and empowerment programs enhance the capacities of local women leaders to bring about positive and measurable changes in their communities. These Regional Missionaries cover Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin American, and the Caribbean. Their work with women, children and youth involves needs assessment, training programs, workshops, and strategic planning. To learn more about the work of these Regional Missionaries, watch “Voices from the Field” — a 55-minute video: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/news/voices-from-the-field-standing-with-women-leaders Committee members believed that this grant to UMW Regional Missionaries does fulfill the vision of Isobel F. Zimmerman’s Endowment. When Betty Gittens, Executive, International Ministries, at United Methodist Women, learned of the contribution, she wrote, “On behalf of United Methodist Women and the International Ministries staff team, we would like to express our gratitude to the Oregon-Idaho UMW Charter for Racial Justice Committee for this amazing gift.” Members of the Committee on Charter for Racial Justice Policies are Becky Warren, Chair, Trudy Pollard, Janice Stevens, Judy Halverson, Donna Ward, Eva Johnson, and Chris Mitchell.

 

Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Women

2021 Isobel F. Zimmerman Grant Program

 

The Oregon-Idaho Conference of United Methodist Women Charter for  Racial Justice Committee is pleased to announce a competitive grant program for  monies from the Isobel F. Zimmerman Trust Fund. Available money for 2021 will  be about $4,000 (amount varies yearly), and will be awarded for programs  directed toward leadership development of Native Americans or African Americans  or in support of a Women's Division (now United Methodist Women) Foreign Mission Project. 

Preference for funding will be given to projects within the Oregon-Idaho  United Methodist Annual Conference, followed by other related organizations  within the same geographic area. Funds granted by the UMW Charter for Racial  Justice Committee do not necessarily obligate the committee to ongoing funding of  any project or activity. 

Application must be made through a brief proposal describing the work or  project anticipated and the expected results. There shall be a clearly demonstrated  need. The grant monies must be utilized within twelve months, with quarterly  financial progress reports filed with the United Methodist Women Charter for  Racial Justice Committee. A financial budget report must be included in the  proposal and the grant proposal must be signed by a contact person with authority  to request funds. A final report on the project must be submitted to the Charter for  Racial Justice Committee within 3 months of project completion. Evaluation for  continued funding will be based on the quarterly financial reports.  

These grants may be made either to support ongoing programming or as  "seed money" for new projects meeting needs not previously addressed. Special  consideration will be given to funding new programs. 

Awards will be made at the discretion of the Oregon-Idaho UMW Charter  for Racial Justice Committee. The grant will be awarded in two equal payments,  the second payment is predicated upon satisfactory progress reports.

Ideas for possible grants:

~ Academic scholarships 

~ Camperships to United Methodist Church Camps 

~ On-line classes 

~ Scholarships to Mission u 

~ After-school classroom mentoring 

~ Equipment  

~ Others 

 

Deadline for applying: April 30, 2021

Find additional information and application guidelines HERE.

 


 

The two recipients of 2018 Zimmerman Grants reflect the grant’s purpose of leadership development of Native American or African American programs.

One recipient was the Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship to fund a Native American Art Camp for Native Youth and the Wilshire Community in Northeast Portland. In a follow-up, Rev. Buck report that the camp ran three evenings beginning Monday, July 16, with storytelling, painting, and drums helping to “build cultural pride, self-confidence, and leadership skills” in children and youth within the Wilshire community and its neighborhood.  Because of the interest that the camp generated, the Wilshire UMC Native American Fellowship plans to continue this ministry and hold a craft night once a week beginning in September.

The Rev. Allen Buck wrote, “We exceeded our goals and more than half of the 33 kids were not connected to any faith community. They were new to us.... We appreciate the United Methodist Women for helping make it possible.” 

 

The second recipient is a Cross Culture through the Woodlawn Multicultural Impact Collective to provide funds to compensate an African-American pastoral intern.

 


Our Zimmerman Trust Grant Recipients:

 

Zimmerman Trust Grant Recipients 2019:

Scholarships for Niimiipuu-Nez Perce children attending Wallowa Lake United Methodist Camp

African American youth in the Resident Counselor training program.

 

Zimmerman Trust Grant Recipients 2018:

Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship

Cross Culture through the Woodlawn Multicultural Impact Collective

 

Zimmerman Trust Grant Recipients 2016:

Lillian Vallely Indian School, Fort Hall, Idaho

Camp and Retreat Ministries, Wallowa Lake Horse Camps

 

Zimmerman Trust Grant Recipients 2015:

Lillian Vallely Indian School, Fort Hall, Idaho

Camp and Retreat Ministries, Huckleberry Family Camp at Camp Magruder

Camp and Retreat Ministries, Wallowa Lake Horse Camps

 

Zimmerman Trust Grant Recipient 2014:

Lillian Vallely Indian School, Fort Hall, Idaho

 

Zimmerman Trust Grant Recipient 2012:

Environmental Justice Ministries of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon 

 

Zimmerman Trust Grant Recipient 2011:

Wilshire UMC Music & Healing Outreach Program 

 

Zimmerman Trust Grant Recipient 2010:

Eva Johnson/Committee on Native American Ministry - Wellness Day

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