The Community Needs Committee of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) is again seeking to fund proposals from nonprofit groups in the community.

All proposals are welcome and are reviewed by a committee of church members. Selection criteria in awarding grants include the size of the population to be served, the nature of the services provided and expected benefits to the community. Individuals or groups with projects that promote social justice or community improvement, especially in the Northwest Philadelphia area, are encouraged to apply.

Funds from special offerings contributed by the congregation at Easter will be divided among the selected applicants. FUMCOG expects to award several small grants of several hundred to a few thousand dollars to help facilitate worthy community endeavors.

Grants from previous Easter and Christmas collections have been awarded on a nondenominational basis to a diverse group of applicants for a wide variety of causes. Monies from the recent Christmas collection were used to extend services to homeless disabled men in Germantown, assist a soup kitchen, help start a community diabetes support group and sustain an anti-gun violence program.

Application forms can be obtained by calling the office of First United Methodist Church of Germantown at 215-438-3677, or downloading a form online at www.FUMCOG.org.

For consideration, completed proposals must be returned to the church office at 6001 Germantown Ave. no later than Friday, March 8. A copy of the applicant’s 501(c)(3) certification should be included with the application. Recipients will be notified of their selection by Dec. 10.