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GRANTS

Annual Conference Grants

Some annual conferences of the United Methodist Church offer grants for ministry and mission programs within the conference.

For information on funding opportunities, project guidelines and application requirements, visit the annual conference Web site or contact the conference office directly.  Click here for the online directory of Annual Conference offices.  

 

A Brighter Future for Children and Youth
from United Methodist Women, General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)

A Brighter Future for Children and Youth provides grants for new and on-going ministries addressing abuse and violence prevention or treatment and those providing direct, comprehensive services to children 5-18 years of age.
Application forms with funding criteria are available from the Office of Mission Opportunities. Application deadline is July 1 of each year. Recipients are approved by the Women's Division Board of Directors in October, and are notified by December. Grants do not exceed $4,000. 
For more information, visit the Web site or contact:

General Board of Global Ministries
Office of Mission Opportunities
475 Riverside Dr., Room 1503
New York, NY 10115
212-870-3738; FAX: 212-870-3736
Email: musherke@gbgm-umc.org

 

Accessibility Grants
from the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)

These grants are to encourage and aid local churches to make their facilities and activities accessible to people with disabilities, fulfilling the goal of each local church as defined in the Resolution of the 1980 General Conference, The Church and People with Mental, Physical and/or Psychologically Handicapping Conditions.Grants are available to United Methodist local churches and charges only. Only one grant will be made to a local church or charge
For more information, visit the Web site or contact:

General Board of Global Ministries
Joan Young
UMCOR Health
475 Riverside Drive, Room 330
New York, NY 10115
212/870-3871; FAX: 212/870-3624
TDD: 212/870-3709
E-mail: jyoung@gbgm-umc.org

 

Assembly Offering Fund
from United Methodist Women, General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)

The Assembly Offering Fund comes from the giving of United Methodist Women during the year of the quadrennial National Assembly.  Funding criteria relate to the theme of the Assembly.  In general, programs that receive funding will be those that empower women to move from dependence to independence.
Application forms and information on criteria are available from the Mission Opportunities Office.  Grants will not exceed $10,000.
For more information, contact:

General Board of Global Ministries
Office of Mission Opportunities
475 Riverside Dr., Room 1503
New York, NY 10115
212-870-3738; FAX: 212-870-3736
Email: musherke@gbgm-umc.org

 

Call to Prayer and Self-Denial
from United Methodist Women, General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)

Funds received during the annual observance of the United Methodist Women's Call to Prayer and Self-Denial are distributed during the following year to mission programs that meet the specific criteria.
The distribution of funds follows a four-year funding cycle. The first year of the cycle, grants support programs at institutions related to the General Board of Global Ministries; the second year is an open theme; the third year funds buildings and institutions related to GBGM; and the fourth year supports pensions and medical care for retired missionaries and deaconesses.  Grants generally do not exceed $25,000. 
For more information, visit the Web site or contact:

General Board of Global Ministries
Office of Mission Opportunities
475 Riverside Dr., Room 1503
New York, NY 10115
212-870-3738; FAX: 212-870-3736
Email: musherke@gbgm-umc.org

 

Community and Institutional Ministries
from the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)

The Community and Institutional Ministries Unit works mainly with annual conference initiatives and does not generally award grants to local churches unless the ministry is community based and other funding channels have been determined. The Unit does provide consultation to assist local churches, districts and conferences in defining ministry focus and developing long-term strategies for implementation and stability. They also connect local churches with networks that might be of assistance in new community projects.
All funding requests should be submitted through an application to the Community Ministries Unit. A pre-funding survey is also requested and should be submitted prior to or along with the application for funds.
For more information, visit the Community and Institutional Ministries Web site  or contact:

General Board of Global Ministries
Ms. Jerald Scott-McKie, Associate General Secretary
475 Riverside Drive, Room 1543
New York, NY 10115
212/870-3843; FAX: 212/870-3948
Email: jmckie@gbgm-umc.org 

 

Ethnic In-Service Training (EIST) Funds
from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM)

The United Methodist Church allocates fifteen percent (15%) of the World Communion Offerings to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for Ethnic Leadership development.

EIST funds are designated for the recruitment, training, and retention of ethnic United Methodist persons, both male and female, in leadership positions in every level of the church and its ministry.
Partnerships and collaborative efforts between and with campus ministry, chaplaincy, and institutions of higher education and general agencies are encouraged.
Other ministry settings in the United Methodist connection is open to consideration for innovative, creative programming are children’s homes, retirement homes, camping and retreat center, hospitals, UMCOR, and UMVIM.
Mentoring opportunities, learning contracts with clear goals, and measurable outcomes are highly recommended.

Proposals must be prepared in consultation with the ethnic concerns staff team and related with the appropriate unit of GBHEM.
Grants are one time seed money, in an amount not to exceed $10,000, provided for one year to approved programs; however, additional requests may be submitted for follow-up funding, after appropriate reports and evaluation. Programs must be evaluated using the form provided and incorporating the identified outcomes; copies of the evaluation must be submitted to the Ethnic Minority Concerns Committee at the end of the funding year.

For more information, visit the
Web site or contact:

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Ethnic Concerns Coordinator
1001 19th Ave. S (37212)
P. O. Box 340007
Nashville, TN 37203-0007
615-340-7436
Email:
cbanks@gbhem.org

 

Ethnic Local Church Concerns (ELCC) Grants
from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD)

Priority is given to new ministries or pilot projects that focus on the goal of developing and strengthening the ethnic local church for witness and mission. The project must focus on one or more of the essential services provided by the program areas of the General Board of Discipleship, such as Christian education, family ministries, stewardship, evangelism, spiritual formation, laity ministries, or worship. It must involve ethnic/minority church members in the planning, leadership, and decision making. GBOD provides grants up to $20,000 twice a year. Funds are not provided for personnel and equipment.
For more information on the criteria and application guidelines, visit the ELCC Web site or contact:

General Board of Discipleship
Rev. Sungnam Choi, Director of Racial and Ethnic Ministries
PO Box 340003
Nashville, TN 37203-0003
Toll Free: 877/899-2780, ext. 7050
615/340-7050; FAX: 615/340-7071
Email: schoi@gbod.org  

 

Ethnic Local Church Grants  (ELCG)
from the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS)

The General Board of Church and Society Ethnic Local Church Grants (ELCG) Program provides grants to strengthen the ethnic local church through education, advocacy, or leadership training and development as they engage in social justice.
To apply for funding from the ELCG Program, the applicant must be a:

  • United Methodist local church, district, annual conference, racial/ethnic caucus, or other affiliated ethnic group/organization
  • Ecumenical group/organization working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization, whose program impacts at least one United Methodist ethnic local church.

ELCG Program Guidelines

  • The project must be targeted to impact one or more specific United Methodist ethnic local church(es).
  • Racial/ethnic persons shall comprise the majority of those served by the project.
  • The project must focus on the self-identified needs of ethnic local church(es) and persons as they address one or more chronic social problems or concerns (i.e., housing, employment, health care, human rights, education, the environment, racism etc.).
  • All policy and program decisions are to be made by a supervising board, which shall be composed of a majority of ethnic persons.

For more detailed requirements, visit the Ethnic Local Church Grants website or contact:

Ministry of Education and Leadership Formation
General Board of Church and Society
The United Methodist Church
100 Maryland Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Fax:  (202) 458-5639 (Send an original by mail, if you fax the application)
Email:  NChristie@umc-gbcs.org
             Mscott@umc-gbcs.org

 

Harry R. Kendall Grants and Scholarships
from the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)

Harry R. Kendall Project Fund
These funds support health-related ministries that provide medical service for the poor, specifically people of African-American descent, and provide homes for disadvantaged children and the elderly of all ethnicities. Funds may also be awarded for building and rehabilitation projects.

Harry R. Kendall Leadership Development Scholarship
Grants are made annually to persons of African-American descent, who are pursuing a health-related career or already a practioner in the health care field. There are no age limits. Awards are primarily based on need and potential.
For more information, visit the 
Web site or contact:

General Board of Global Ministries
Joan Young
UMCOR Health
475 Riverside Drive, Room 330
New York, NY 10115
212/870-3871; FAX: 212/870-3624
TDD: 212/870-3709
E-mail:
jyoung@gbgm-umc.org

 

Hispanic Leadership Development Fund
from the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)

Grants are made annually to persons of Hispanic descent from North, South, and Central America and islands of the Western Hemisphere who are pursuing a health-related career or a health care practitioner advancing in the health care field.
For more information, visit the Web site or contact:

General Board of Global Ministries
Joan Young
UMCOR Health
475 Riverside Drive, Room 330
New York, NY 10115
212/870-3871; FAX: 212/870-3624
TDD: 212/870-3709
E-mail: jyoung@gbgm-umc.org

 

Historical Research Grants
from the General Commission on Archives And History (GCAH)

The General Commission on Archives and History offers:

  • Racial/Ethnic History Research Grant for research in the history and heritage of ethnic groups in the American United Methodist tradition
  • Women in United Methodist History Research Grant for research projects specifically on the history of women in the UMC or its antecedents
  • Women in United Methodist History Writing Award for an original manuscript on the history of women in the UMC or its antecedents
  • The Jesse Lee Prize for a book-length monograph on Methodist history, awarded once every four years
  • John Harrison Ness Memorial Award for United Methodist history papers submitted by M. Div. students

For more information about historical research grants, visit the GCAH grants Web site or contact:

General Commission on Archives and History
PO Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940-0127
973/408-3189; Fax: 973/408-3909
Email: research@gcah.org

 

Leadership Development Grants 
from the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)

The General Board of Global Ministries offers financial assistance to United Methodist ethnic minorities who are pursuing their studies full time and attending an accredited college, university or seminary.
National Leadership Development Grants are for students seeking an undergraduate degree (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only). Deadline date for filing an application is May 31st of each year. Applications may be requested after January 1.
International Leadership Development Grants are for international students seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree. Deadline date for filing an application is October 31st of each year. Applications may be requested after July 1. 
For more information, contact:

General Board of Global Ministries
World Communion Scholarships/Leadership Development Grants
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115
212-870-3787; Fax: 212-870-3932
Email: Scholars@gbgm-umc.org

 

Local Ecumenical Initiatives Fund Grant
from the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (GCCUIC)

The purpose of the Local Ecumenical Initiatives Fund is to provide grant opportunities for outstanding local programs that share the programmatic emphases of the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (GCCUIC). GCCUIC focuses on these areas in determining allocation of funds: Conciliar Relationships, Interfaith Relationships, Inter- and Intra-Denominational Relationships, Covenanting Relationships, Education and Resource Development, Emerging Issues.
An application form must be completed and submitted to the GCCUIC office at least three months prior to the date the grant is needed, if awarded. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded.
For more information, visit the GCCUIC Web site or contact:

The General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns
re: Local Initiatives Fund
475 Riverside Dr., Room 1300
New York, NY 10115-0122
Toll free: 800/653-8936
212/749-3553; Fax: 212/749-3556
Email: gccuic@aol.com or info@gccuic-umc.org

 

Minority Group Self-Determination Fund
from the General Commission on Religion And Race (GCORR)

The Minority Group Self-Determination Fund is established by the United Methodist Church for the empowerment of racial and ethnic minority people within and outside the church. Funds are given to projects rather than organizations, and are available for supporting programs initiated, developed, controlled, and administered by Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander groups.
For grant guidelines and applications, visit the Web site or contact:

General Commission on Religion and Race
100 Maryland Avenue, NE, Suite 400
Washington DC, 20002
202/547-4828 or 202/547-2271 
FAX: 202/547-0358
Email: gcorr@erols.com

 

NFAAUM Endowment Fund
from the National Federation of Asian-American United Methodists (NFAAUM) 

The National Federation of Asian-American United Methodists (NFAAUM) Endowment Fund offers grants for United Methodist Asian-American ministries. For more information, contact:

NFAAUM
300 27th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
510/836-0993; FAX: 510/836-0995
Email: nfaaum@earthlink.net

 

Older Adult Ministries Grants
from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD)

The United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries will be providing two kinds of grants related to older adult ministry during the 2009-2012 quadrennium.  The two older adult ministry grants available are in the areas of Intergenerational Ministry and Caregiving Ministry. 

The grants, part of the Comprehensive Plan for Older Adult Ministries, will be available to local United Methodist congregations, districts, annual conferences, central conferences, and United Methodist-related institutions. All grant applications will be reviewed by the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries.  For more information , visit the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries Web site or contact:

General Board of Discipleship
Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries
PO Box 340003
Nashville, TN 37203-0003
Toll-free: 877-899-2780, extension 7177 or 615-340-7177
Fax: 615-340-7071
E-mail: tkline@gbod.org

 

Peace with Justice Grants
from the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS)

One time grants of up to $5000 will be made, based on funds available, to entities whose activities are compatible with the program goals of the Peace with Justice Work Area. Priority is given to United Methodist local church justice efforts and projects affiliated with the denomination.
For more information, visit the Peace with Justice website or contact:

General Board of Church and Society
Office of Peace with Justice
100 Maryland Ave NE
Washington DC 20002
202/488-5645; FAX: 202/488-5639
Email: mharrison@umc-gbcs.org

 

United Methodist Men
from the General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM)

For information on research funds for program development of United Methodist Men, contact:

General Commission on United Methodist Men
Dr. Joseph L. Harris, General Secretary
PO Box 340006
Nashville, TN 37203-0006
615/340-7136; FAX: 615/340-1770
Email: jharris@gcumm.org

 

Youth Service Fund Grants
from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD)

The Youth Service Fund of the Division on Ministries with Young People awards grants to ministries with youth around the world.  Visit the Website for information on project guidelines and application forms or contact:

Young People's Ministries 
General Board of Discipleship
Kelsey Tinker, Grants Coordinator 
PO Box 340003
Nashville, TN 37203-0003
Toll-free 877-899-2780 ext 7184
Phone: 615-340-7184
Fax 615-340-7063
Email: youngpeople@gbod.org 

 

Non-United Methodist-Affiliated Organizations  

The following organizations are not affilated with The United Methodist Church, but do provide grants for which local churches may be eligible.

Charitable Trusts
The Pew Charitable Trusts provides grants to nonprofit organizations for programs in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion.  For answers to frequently asked questions and a description of the application procedure, visit the Pew Charitable Trusts Web site and click on "Grants Information." Also contact:

The Pew Charitable Trusts
2005 Market Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7077
215/575-9050
Email: info@pewtrusts.com

 

Church Women United (CWU)
Through Intercontinental Grants For Mission, CWU funds global and domestic microeconomic projects that develop and empower women or are led by women. Projects are judged by committee (application deadline is August 1) and grants range from $250-$5000.  For more information, contact:

Church Women United
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1626
New York, NY 10115
Toll free:800-298-5551
212-870-2347; Fax: 212-870-2338
Email: cwu@churchwomen.org
Web site: http://www.churchwomen.org 

 

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is an independent nonprofit information clearinghouse that disseminates information on grants, foundations and corporate giving through five library locations. As such, the Center does not make grants, but can provide information on available grants and training on proposal writing. Visit the Funders Web page for information on grantmakers and foundations. Visit the FAQ Web site for information on Funding Resources, Proposal Writing, Individual Grantseekers, Nonprofit Organizations, Corporate Philanthropy and Online Fundraising. For more information, contact:

The Foundation Center
79 Fifth Avenue/16th Street
New York, NY 10003-3076
800/424-9836
212/620-4230; Fax: 212/807-3677

 

The Grantsmanship Center
The Grantsmanship Center offers grantsmanship training and low-cost publications to nonprofit organizations and government agencies and provides help with proposal writing and fundraising. Their homepage has links to community, state, federal and international funding sources. Visit The Grantsmanship Center Web site for information on grant sources or contact:

The Grantsmanship Center
1125 W. Sixth Street, Fifth Floor
P.O. Box 17220
Los Angeles, CA 90017
800/421-9512
213/482-9860; Fax: 213/482-9863
Email: info@tgci.com

 

Worship Renewal Grants Program 
The Lilly Endowment is the most significant funder of religious practices and research in the United States. One of their programs is concerned with the vitality of worship in local congregations. The Lilly Endowment will offer grants from $5,000-$15,000 to individuals or teams who are directly related to the worship life of a congregation. The program is being administered by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. For more information, visit the Web site

 

Seeking Grants: An Internet Bibliography 
Often churches in high-potential metro areas need to seek out funding sources to help fund the wide variety of needed ministries. The following bibliography lists sites that may be helpful as you navigate the sometimes confusing world of grants.
(published by the High-Potential Metro Church Initiative of the General Board of Discipleship)



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