Total Inclusion! Widening the Welcome at ELCA Outdoor Ministries is a collaborative effort of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) churchwide organization and the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries network (LOM). Total Inclusion! is an opportunity to inspire, educate and provide resources to LOM organizations as they move toward a wider and more intentional inclusion of people who historically have been marginalized in the church — especially people of color, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQIA+.
Total Inclusion! Operational Support Grants will provide support needed due to challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Outdoor ministry organizations affiliated or associated with the ELCA that offer overnight camping experiences for children and youth are eligible to apply. A one-time grant in the amount of $9,000 will be awarded to each eligible organization that submits a complete application and agrees to the terms of the grant.
Please review the guidelines to ensure you are familiar with the eligibility criteria, expectations and timeline for the grant. When the grant process opens, carefully follow the application instructions provided. This is a simple grant application, but there are several steps in the process, so we encourage you to apply early.
Questions? Please contact us using this form or call 773-380-2972.
Please explore the resources below to learn more about this initiative and how your ministry can become more welcoming and inclusive.
Eliminate barriers and embrace inclusion in the context of camp, church and similar settings.
Resources for talking about inclusion, bias, disabilities, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.
Intentional welcome and inclusivity is a stated priority for the ELCA, as expressed in our strategic framework, ELCA Future Directions 2025. Through the five goals outlined in this framework, the church has committed to equipping church members to confront racism, discrimination, sexism, homophobia and other divisions; providing an authentic welcome to all; and embracing differences as opportunities to learn about and appreciate God’s beloved and diverse creation. Total Inclusion! is a step on our journey to becoming the church God is calling us to be.