Clergy Grants

A variety of grants are available to Minnesota clergy. Here you can find the application for a specific grant or funding opportunity, as well as information about the grant and eligibility.

Clergy Emergency Support Request: Financial emergency support for urgent or crisis situations is provided to eligible clergy up to $5,000.

Clergy Well-Being Grant: The Dakotas-Minnesota Area offers this grant of up to $1000 for first time applicants and up to $500 for those who received a grant in 2022. The grant offers funding for well-being resources for clergy. The 2023 Clergy Well-Being Grant application opens Feb. 1, 2023. We encourage clergy to share stories about how well-being has improved as a result of this grant's funds with Diane Owen at!

Investing In Leaders Resource Grant (Student Debt Reduction): The 2023 application will be posted later this spring. Applicants will be asked to engage with a student loan repayment counselor, if they have not done so already, to be eligible for consideration. If you need more information about connecting with a student loan repayment counselor, please contact Diane Owen, Area Director of Clergy Well-being at

Long-Term Renewal Overview/Guidelines: The following applications and form are related to a long-term renewal leave request. Applications are due March 1 for any clergy interested in taking a long-term renewal leave after June 1, 2023. Applications are due June 1 for those who wish to take a leave after Dec. 1, 2023.

  1. Long-term Renewal Application
  2. Long-term Renewal Formational Plan
  3. Pastoral Coverage Grant 

MEF Educational Grants and Scholarships

MEF LLP Educational Grants

Pastoral Coverage Grant (Formerly: MEF Grants to Churches During Approved Clergy Leave)

Spiritual Direction & Coaching Financial Assistance

Counseling Resources and Financial Aid

Grannis-Martin Memorial Seminary Scholarship Application 

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058