Investing in Congregations grants are distributed annually to churches that demonstrate a potential, capacity, and commitment to reach new people, grow in love of God and neighbor, and heal a broken world. Funding can be used for new ministries, programs, and staff positions. Grants are funded through the Office of Congregational Development—and awarded for new ministries, programs, or staff positions. They ranged from $500 to more than $33,000 in 2017. A committee that includes both clergy and laity reviews applications each year and decides how to divide up the $200,000 in grant money that’s available through the conference’s apportioned budget.

Application for 2018 grants being accepted

Applications are due by 11:50 p.m. October 15, 2017. Interviews are December 2 (in person or remote, as requested by grant committee). Award decisions will be made by December 10. Initial funds distribution is approximately January 15, 2018.

NEW IN 2017: Acts 2 Micro Grants

Inspired by the Acts 2 Talks and the ideas presented in the Missional Toolkit for Churches at Annual Conference 10 special Investing in Congregations Acts 2 Micro Grants were awarded to bring ideas to life!  Recipients were:

  • Beauford UMC (SP) - Support for workers at significant road construction projects in their town.
  • Columbia Heights: Community UMC (TC) - Expanding partnership with local school
  • Hibbing: Wesley UMC (NS) - After school program
  • Mankato: Hilltop UMC (SP) - Intentional adult discipleship program
  • Maplewood: Christ UMC (TC) - Peace Awards at local elementary school
  • Milaca UMC ((BW) - Partnership with local school; especially for struggling readers
  • Minneapolis: New City Church (TC) - Neighborhood listening campaign
  • St Paul: Fairmont Ave UMC (TC) - Diverse voices speaker series
  • St Paul: Hamline UMC (TC) - Music and art series expansion
  • St Paul: La Puerta Abierta UMC (TC) - Alternative worship experience


2017 Grants

Here’s a look at some of the 2017 grant recipients, along with how their grant funding is being used:

  • Albert Lea (Southern Prairie) -  Children's Ministry Rebirth
  • Bloomington: Normandale Hylands (Twin Cities) - Children's Ministry and Outreach Specialist
  • Browns Valley (North Star)- Mid-week Relaxed Worship
  • Champlin (Big Waters) - Worship Reimagined
  • Corcoran: Immanuel (Big Waters) - Children/Youth Director
  • Detroit Lakes (North Star) - Children Youth Family Ministry
  • Duluth - Hope (Big Waters) - Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry
  • Fosston (North Star)- After School Program
  • Hopkins: Korean Evangelical (Twin Cities) - English/Youth Ministry
  • Hubbard (North Star) - Summer Lunch/Safe Space
  • La Crescent (River Valley) - Birth to 3 Ministry
  • Maplewood: Arlington Hills (Twin Cities) - Karen Ministry
  • Mendota:  St Paul’s (Twin Cities) - Church Nursery
  • Minneapolis: Living Spirit (Twin Cities) - Worship Arts Ministry
  • New Ulm: First (Southern Prairie) - Homeless shelter
  • North Branch: Main Street (Big Waters) - Family Ministry
  • Park Rapids: Riverside (North Star)- Breakfast and Backpacks
  • Pequot Lakes: Grace (North Star)- Discipleship Ministry
  • Plainview-Elgin: Peace, Kellogg, Weaver (River Valley) - Multi-church community gardens and outreach
  • Racine (River Valley) - Rural Connectedness
  • St Anthony: Faith (Twin Cities) - Racial Reconciliation Initiative
  • St Paul: Hamline (Twin Cities) -   Green Team
  • St Paul: Recovery Church (Twin Cities) -  Celebrating Families Ministry
  • Stewartville (River Valley) - Youth and Family Coordinator
  • Virginia: Peace (North Star) - Family and Community Ministry - PORCH


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