In these hard times of austerity, with governments and churches across the Global North cutting their budgets right, left and centre, it’s exceptional to find a church organization anxious to give money away.
Today, the World Communion of Reformed Churches is that exception.
The WCRC Partnership Fund finds itself in the happy position of wanting to give its member churches up to USD 450,000 before the end of 2011.
The Partnership Fund is one concrete way in which the WCRC shows itself to be a communion, helping member churches to carry out projects in mission or service that otherwise they could not afford.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Protestant Development Agency (EED) in Germany and other donors, we find ourselves in September 2011 with significantly more money to award in grants than we had expected,” explains Douwe Visser, coordinator of the fund.
“We want to make up to USD 450,000 available for projects before the end of this year.”
Member churches – either individually or in regional groups – may apply to the Partnership Fund for a grant of up to USD 33,000 and sometimes more.
Douwe Visser encourages churches to apply as soon as possible – preferably before the end of October, he says, to give the fund time to process the application.
WCRC was created in June 2010 through a merger of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC). Its 230 member churches representing 80 million Christians are active worldwide in initiatives supporting economic, climate and gender justice, mission, and cooperation among Christians of different traditions.