Dear North Georgia United Methodists,
At the close of 2021, the Barnes Evaluation and Administration Team spent time reflecting on processes and adjustments that were both needed and beneficial to continue doing the excellent missional work the Barnes Fund allows.
The following are newly announced CHANGES to 2022 BEAT grant investments:
1) In 2021, applications were accepted every month. In 2022, the Barnes Fund is adjusting to THREE grant application windows. Deadlines for each window are February 1, May 1, and September 1. An application must be thoroughly complete to be properly before the BEAT team for review. If an application is not complete it will be returned and deferred until the next window.
2) In 2021, grant investments were only available to local churches and districts. 2022 will see an expansion of eligibility to “Standing Boards and Committees of the Annual Conference.” In the coming days, BEAT will publish a list of eligible entities and communicate this expansion.
3) District Strategic Growth Teams will continue to be the gateway for local church and district grant application submissions. The Consolidated Board (or a sub-team thereof) will become the vetting gateway for "Standing Boards and Committees of the Annual Conference" and function similar to DSGTs for groups that will become eligible to apply for grant investment under the expansion.
4) BEAT will be working to develop a flexible process for grant opportunities that arise between funding windows. Any request would receive extra scrutiny to determine its urgency and emergent reasons for not being deferred to the next open window. Capital repair grant requests will not be categorized as emergent and urgent.
As always, please remember that BEAT relies upon each of you to aid us in communicating these new procedures to your local churches. If you have clarifying questions, feel free to reach out to us for answers.
We would remind you that BEAT's best practices and processes are dynamic and the changes we are making for 2022 may change for 2023.
Looking forward to another great year of Kingdom work together...
Nate Abrams and Steven Usry