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UCC Insurance Board
U.S. and International: CWS School, Baby
Care and Cleanup Kits Urgently Needed
Thanks to the great efforts of CWS communions, Church World Service has a good stock of CWS Hygiene Kits. But the stock of CWS School Kits, Baby Care Kits and Emergency
Cleanup Buckets is very low. More materials are needed to respond to pending requests and be ready for future emergencies. Information on various kits that may be compiled and donated to CWS may be found at http://www.cwsglobal.org/get-involved/kits.
CWS Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to people in need around the world. The contents of each kit have been selected with care based on years of experience to make them as useful as possible, wherever and whenever they are sent. Kits may be sent to CWS all year. Each kit page provides a list of items to include, along with packing and shipping information to our collection centers in New Windsor, Md. and Little Rock, Ark. Some states have drop-off points at various times as well. Cash donations in lieu of assembled kits also help us to provide much-needed supplies.
Thank you for giving from the heart! Your continuing support of this program is very important and helps to ensure CWS Kits are available for immediate response
after a disaster. If you have any questions, read our FAQs, or call your CWS Regional Office toll-free at 888-297-2767.
United Church of Christ Insurance Board
The Insurance Board (IB) is a non-profit corporation owned by the 38 Conferences of the United Church of Christ. It is literally our insurance facility. The IB administers a property and liability Insurance program serving churches of the UCC, Disciples of Christ, and Presbyterian Church USA. It has served the needs of participating denominations now for
25 years, and has weathered the test of time.
The IB only uses Insurance companies with the very high insurance company financial ratings. It only utilizes carriers with AM Best ratings of A (Class XV) which are nearly the
highest available. What this means to policyholders is there are billions of dollars in state-regulated reserves to pay claims.
Premiums are competitive and coupled with unequaled coverage and demonstrated superior claim service make the IB program one all conference members should seriously consider at the next opportunity.
For information about the Insurance Board, click here: www.insuranceboard.org.
For any questions about the program or how to join, please contact our Northern Plains Conference agent:
204 East Reno Avenue, Conference
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
home address: 2489 Timberland Place
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
Northern Plains Conference Grant Program
The Northern Plains Conference of the United Church of Christ has established a grant program which is funded through the Conference endowment. The purpose of the program is to encourage and support mission in the Conference. All applications should be submitted to the Northern Plains Conference office at 1407 24th Ave S Suite 400, Grand Forks 58201. Applications will be reviewed by appropriate Conference bodies on a quarterly basis.
All Northern Plains Conference of the United Church of Christ churches and
recognized agencies are eligible to apply for grants. These churches and agencies, however, may form partnerships with non-United Church of Christ bodies for the purposes of planning and executing the projects.
The maximum grant amount is $750.00.
No more than one grant application shall be considered for any church or agency during any 12 month period. Applications may be made to renew a grant on a mission project. No single project will be eligible for Conference funding for more than 3 years.
Grant recipients shall report back to the Northern Plains Conference on the status of the mission project within one year of the receipt of the grant monies.
What Enquiring Funders Want to Know, or the Initial Items of Information needed for a Grant Application
Note from the Northern Plains Conference UCC Grant Request Writer:
Following are the items of information a Grantor normally expects to be supplied in an application for a grant. Depending upon the Grantor, additional information which is starred (*) may be required, and there may be additional requirements. It will be good to maintain a current file of this information, as that will keep to a minimum the need to update it when actually applying for a grant. I will be glad to work with you in developing the information needed for a specific grant request. If you have these items of information in hand, as
much as possible, when you first contact me, it will expedite matters immensely.
1. Name of the organization making the grant request
2. Legal name of the organization, if different (as found on your congregation’s Nonprofit Annual Report Form SFN 50879 to the North Dakota Secretary of State)
3. Street Address (of the Building involved. You may need to use the 911 address in rural areas) City, State, ZIP + 4
4. Mailing Address if different from the street address (e.g. , a P.O. Box, or a c/o address) City, State ZIP + 4 if different from the street address
5. Telephone: (include Area Code)
6. Alternate Telephone: (include Area Code)
7. Fax: (include Area Code)
8. Web Site address (if you have one)
9. E-mail address (if you have one)
10. Employer Identification Number (EIN)
*11. Certification that your organization is an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization.
12. Name, Title, and complete contact information of the Chair of the Board or Committee legally able to execute contracts for the business affairs of the
*13. Name, Title, and complete contact information of the “Top paid staff” of
14. Name, Title, and complete contact information of the contact person
regarding this application in the congregation.
1. Brief description of the project (2-3 sentences)
2. Who (beyond the congregation) will be served.
3. What is the geographic area served.
4. What is the expected impact on the general population of the geographic area.
5. Reason funds are being requested: Capital (building), General operating support, Start-up costs, Technical assistance, Project or program support, other.
1. Most recent financial statement from the most recently completed fiscal year, audited, showing actual expenses. This information should include a balance sheet, a statement of income and expenses, and functional expenses. A copy of your most recently completed Form 990, if applicable.
2. Organization budget for current year, including income and expenses.
3. What resources do you contemplate using after the grant period has expired.
1. Project budget, including income and expenses.
2. Sources of matching funds. List these additional funders (corporations and/or foundations) from which you are requesting funds for this project, with dollar amounts,
indicating which sources are committed or pending.
3. “Soft” matches by your organization (volunteer labor, space rental foregone, etc.)
1. Describe your model of success. What do you want to happen as a result of this project? (e.g., for making a building accessible, not only the structural changes, but the anticipated impact for the congregation and the community.)
2. How will you measure these changes?
3. Whom will you involve in evaluating this work (congregation, staff, board, community, consultants)?
4. What will you do with your evaluation results?
Note on additional information that will be needed
While the above covers the basic information needed to make a grant application, there will be additional information required according to the nature of the request and the needs of the grantor. Such information may include, but is not necessarily limited to the following:
Situation and activities
1. The opportunities, challenges, issues or need currently facing your congregation.
2. How that focus was determined and who was involved in making that decision.
3. What are your overall goals in responding to the opportunities, challenges, issues or need currently facing your congregation?
4. What are the ways (objectives) in which you will meet these goals?
5. For what specific activities are you seeking funding?
6. Who will carry out these activities?
7. In what period of time will this take place?
8. What are your long-term strategies for sustaining this effort?
9. What financial resources will you have to continue or maintain the results of this project? (e.g., what resources will enable you to maintain the changes in the building that were made, or to continue the program started?)
1. Brief summary of organization’s history, including date it was founded.
2. Brief summary of organization’s mission and goals.
3. Brief description of organization’s current programs or activities. Include any applicable service statistics, strengths and accomplishments. Are there any new or different activities for the organization?
4. What is the organization’s relationship, if any, with other organizations providing services similar to those which this project would help? What is the organization’s role in relationship to these organizations?
5. Number of board members, full time paid staff, part-time paid staff, and volunteers.
6. Complete contact information for board members and applicable full-time paid staff (e.g., church business administrator, pastor).
7. Additional information as required by the individual grantor.
My Cry Gets Up To My Throat
Northern Plains Conference, UCC
5115 50th Avenue SE
Streeter ND, 58483
NORTHERN PLAINS CONFERENCE