Investing in Congregations Granting Team

Investing in Congregations Grant

This team administers Investing in Congregations grants, which have ranged from $1000 to $20,000 and 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.

In 2023, $125,000 in grant money is available through the conference’s apportioned budget. Team members set criteria for the grants, review grant applications, and determine which projects will receive funding—and how much. They meet several times each year.

The grant application period typically opens in August and closes in October. Learn more and apply for a grant.

Higher Education Ministry Grant

The Minnesota Annual Conference has limited funding available to assist campus ministry units and congregations in ministry with college students with financial needs. The intention is that grants will be awarded to new ministries or existing ministries engaged in new initiatives that demonstrate the potential, capacity and commitment to reach new people, grow in love of God and neighbor, and heal a broken world.

Funded ministries will address critical issues related to college students in their local context, with an eye toward spiritual development as a necessary component of academic, emotional, relational, and personal development.

Grants are awarded for one year, with renewal possible but not guaranteed for up to two additional years, and usually for declining amounts encouraging self-sufficiency of the ministry. Application deadline is June 1, notification will be made in July, and money disbursed in August. This grant is handled by the Investing in Congregations Team, not the Higher Education Ministry Team.

2023 Grant Applications

  • 2023 Higher Education Ministry Grants - New Programs: For first-time applicants. Applications open soon.
  • 2023 Higher Education Ministry Grants - Renewal Application: For ministries that received the grant in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and/or 2022. Applications open soon.

Questions about this grant can be directed to Gail Johnson.

Find agendas, minutes, and elected team members for Investing in Congregations Granting Team.


Rev. Cindy Gregorson

Gail Johnson / (612) 230-6125

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058