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 Congregational Development —and awarded for new ministries, programs, or staff positions. A committee that includes both clergy and laity reviews applications each year and decides how to divide up the $150,000 in grant money that’s available through the conference’s apportioned budget. In addition to primary funding awarded to applications made each fall, "micro grants" have been distributed for the past several years. 

2020 Applications Being Accepted - Deadline October 15, 2019

Investing In Congregations Grants are awarded annually to support new ministries at churches that demonstrate potential, capacity, and commitment to reach new people, grow in love of God and neighbor, and heal a broken world—and applications for 2020 grants are being accepted through Oct. 15.

Grant funding—which is awarded for new ministries, programs, or staff positions—has ranged from $500 to more than $30,000. Funds cannot be used for capital expenses. 

Review the Guidelines, Philosophy and Criteria and then complete the appropriate application.


2020 Guidelines, Philosophy, and Criteria

2020 Application for $2500 and under

2020 Application for more than $2500

2020 Application for grant renewal

2019 Investing in Congregations Grants Awarded

The following grants have been awarded for 2019:

  • Centenary UMC in Mankato (Southern Prairie District) awarded $4,000 for Children and Family Ministry
  • Delano UMC (Big Waters District) awarded $1,000 for Women's Night Events
  • Eden Prairie UMC (Twin Cities District) awarded $14,000 for Young Family Engagement
  • Federated UMC in Morris (North Star District) awarded $25,000 for NexGen Ministries
  • First UMC in Red Wing (River Valley District) awarded $8,134 for God on The Move - Neighboring Ministry
  • Hamline UMC in St Paul (Twin Cities District) awarded $20,000 for Director Spiritual Formation
  • Immanuel UMC in Corcoran (Big Waters District) awarded $5,000 for Children and Youth Director
  • Main Street Church in North Branch (Big Waters District) awarded $7,000 for Family Ministry
  • Peace UMC in Virginia (North Star District) awarded $7,000 for PORCH - Neighborhood Outreach
  • Pilgrim UMC in Plymouth (Twin Cities District) awarded $2,500 for Discipleship Growth
  • Riverside UMC in Park Rapids (North Star District) awarded $2,500 for Bread Oven ministries
  • Tracy UMC (Southern Prairie District) awarded $2,500 for Little Free Pantry
  • White Bear Lake UMC (Big Waters District) awarded $1,000 for Breadx Talks
  • Zion UMC in Lydia (River Valley District) awarded $22,000 for Bilingual Outreach/Worship Service

2019 Micro Grants Awarded

Investing in Congregations 2019 Micro Grants provided one-time funds of up to $2,500 to the following congregations for programs and initiatives in 2019. 

  • Albert Lea UMC (River Valley District) for Summer Monday Worship
  • Common Ground in Cambridge (Big Waters District) for Online Video Community
  • Elmore UMC (Southern Prairie District) for Community Outreach
  • First UMC in Duluth (Big Waters District) for College and Young Adult Ministry
  • HOPE UMC in Duluth (Big Waters District) Hope Missions Ablaze
  • Iglesia Piedra Viva in Minneapolis (Twin Cities District) for Vision In Christ Conference
  • Path of Grace UMC in Maplewood (Twin Cities District) for Mission In Our Backyard
  • Pengilly & Nashwauk UMCs (North Star District) for Service of Hope
  • Resurrection UMC in Hastings (River Valley District) for REZYOUTH After School Program
  • River Hills UMC in Burnsville (River Valley District) for Neighborhood Summer Program
  • Wesley Foundation at the U of M Twin Cities (Twin Cities District) for Marketing and Communications Initiative





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