“The Foundation Ministry Grant Program continues to grow in service to our local congregations,” states Foundation executive David Atkins.  “The feedback we receive affirms how a grant can help folks focus on the goal and raise more dollars locally.” 

A sampling of comments includes:

  • “Our part of the funding [for the project] came from several different funding sources, memorial donations, church fundraisers, and private donations.”
  • “I think the Foundation gift helped to open up the pocketbooks and gave our project extra legitimacy. Thanks for the gift!”
  • “[We] had a challenge in raising the last little amount to get to goal. The MUMF grant added the needed ingredient to use as a match.”

The Ministry Grant Program is open to all UM congregations and UM-related institutions, organizations and agencies.  The deadline for Spring proposals is April 1st and for Fall proposals October 1st each year.  Information and forms are available at www.mumf.org/ministry-grants or call the Foundation office at 800-332-8238. 

“Our average grant amount remains in the range of $5,000 or less,” states Atkins.  “Nevertheless, that can really make the difference in moving forward with a project that would otherwise languish.” 

Atkins offers some additional guidance on making a strong proposal:

  • Show that the project is closely tied to mission priorities.
  • Show congregational commitment to the project. For example, dollars have already been raised, or a pilot project has already begun or been completed.
  • Identify specific measures of success.

Grants are funded by several endowments created by generous United Methodists across Missouri.  Donors may contribute to existing endowments or create new ones.