Investing in Congregations grants are for 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 $25,000 in 2018. 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. In addition to a regular round of funding distributed each fall, a set of "micro grants" has been distributed for the past couple of summers. Applications for 2019 grants are being accepted now (see details below).

2019 Grants Applications - Due October 15, 2018 (Now closed)

Recipients will be announced in December.

  • Grant Guidelines: Process and eligibility information
  • Major grant application: Requesting more than $2,500
  • Micro grant application: Requesting $2,500 or less
  • Grant renewal: Projects can receive funding for up to three years. Grant money is reduced each subsequent year for projects that receive funding more than once, and the goal is for each one to become self-sustaining by the end of the three years.
  • District Superintendent Review: All applications (including micro and renewal) must be reviewed by your district superintendent

Please review the application guidelines before completing your application.

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058