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A Brighter Future for Children & Youth

But this is a people robbed and plundered, all of them are trapped in holes and hidden in prisons; they have become a prey with no one to rescue, a spoil with no one to say, “Restore!” Who among you will give heed to this, who will attend and listen for the time to come? —Isaiah 42:22-23

Human trafficking is a crime. United Methodist Women from across the nation have joined this sacred mission by taking a stand to prevent, protect and prosecute those impacted by this trade in human beings that occurs everywhere in the world. Through education, partnership and action, United Methodist Women are working with faith representatives, elected officials and other community groups to build awareness and ignite flames of hope for those who are trafficked.

Grant Overview

In 2013, United Methodist Women is offering grants of up to $10,000 for projects and programs that help prevent and end child trafficking, modern day child slavery and child sexual exploitation. Programs supporting child survivors (ages 0-18) will also be considered for funding. This grant is by invitation only for organizations that have relevant experience and expertise. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.

Please visit our Human Trafficking Awareness webpage for more information on human trafficking.

Funding Priorities

Projects to receive funding may include one or more of, but are not limited to, the following examples:

  • Provide direct and comprehensive services to support survivors and their recovery;
  • Work on the national and or/local community level to change the social and cultural norms that contribute to the exploitation of children and may hinder family reunification and community reintegration;
  • Assist child soldiers with family reunification and community reintegration;
  • Raise awareness regarding and work to end the root causes of child trafficking;
  • Advocate for legislation that enhances how national and/or state government perceive and address child trafficking;
  • Offer train-the-trainer programs or training modules on how to recognize and prevent child trafficking to faith, school, civic and other community groups;
  • Form coalitions with local law enforcement agencies and other community groups to identify and stop child trafficking within the local community;
  • Empower and train youth to take a leadership position in ending child trafficking and advocate for the rights of children;
  • Encourage agencies, corporations and industries (i.e., travel and hospitality industries, school systems, police departments) to create policies that protect children from child trafficking.

General Criteria

  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Organizations that have relevant experience and expertise in child trafficking may apply to the Brighter Future grant by invitation only.
  • Applications must clearly address child trafficking funding priorities and include all requested information. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Funds can be requested to start a new project or strengthen an ongoing program.
  • Projects must include a detailed budget breakdown and budget narrative. Budget must demonstrate that at least 80 percent of the total budget request will be for direct project cost. Therefore, overhead salaries and administrative cost of the project should not exceed 20 percent of the total budget request.
  • Projects that have a clear sustainability plan, including other sources of funding, will be given preference.
  • Organization must have the necessary management, technical capacity and demonstrated experience to implement the project.
  • Project must have a strong and realistic monitoring plan.
  • Grants do not exceed $10,000.



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