The Good Samaritan Fund provides seed grants up to $5,000 to Lutheran congregations that develop new services for and with immigrants and refugees. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore, and Wheat Ridge Ministries, Itasca, Ill., offer this financial assistance.
Applicant congregations are expected to contribute at least 25 percent of the project cost. Funding priority will be given to projects that demonstrate at least one of the following services to immigrant communities: social ministry projects, joint efforts between community members and new residents, public education or advocacy, and leadership development within the ethnic groups served.
Past programs include computer classes, literacy programs, a health project, driver’s education, employment and entrepreneur training.
To download an application packet or to review grant guidelines visit, www.lirs.org/What/partners/goodsamfund.htm. Deadline is March 1.
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