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Grants offered through the Virginia Conference and others

Church & Society Grants

Learn more about grants offered by the General Board of Church & Society.

Common Table: Conference Benevolence Grants

Conference Benevolence Grants are for connectional ministries beyond the local level to cover administrative expenses. They are funded through the Conference Benevolence apportionment from local churches. Applications should be submitted to the Office of Connectional Ministries.
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Common Table: Special and Sustaining Grants

SPECIAL PROGRAM GRANTS (formerly the Commission on Ethnic Local Church Concerns grants and the Common Table “Healing the Hurts” grants) are designed for programs outside of normal conference and local church funding processes. They are intended to provide funding for the first three years of innovative programs of tangible and caring outreach that is beyond a local church’s current financial resources.
SUSTAINING PROGRAM GRANTS are designed for programs outside of normal conference and local church funding processes. They are intended to provide funding for the sustaining of innovative programs of tangible and caring outreach that is beyond a local church’s current financial resources. They are for churches of all ethnic groups and should help the church requesting the funding to relate to the ethnic groups within its community.
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The Virginia conference offers Program and Accessibility Grants. Learn more…

Oldham Little Church Foundation – Facility Completion Grants

Oldham Little Church Foundation is a private foundation which funded grants in excess of $1,037,000 to small, evangelical Protestant churches throughout the United States in 2020. Since our founding in 1949, we have provided over 16,900 Facility Completion Grants totaling over $47 million for church renovations, repairs, and new construction projects. Learn more…

The Renfro Trust Fund

The Renfro Trust Fund awards annual “bricks-and-mortar” grants to small rural United Methodist congregations in the Southeastern Jurisdiction. Learn more…

Virginia Council of Churches offers youth ministry grants

The Virginia Council of Churches (VCC) 2023-2024 Congregational Youth Ministry Grant applications are now open and will remain open through November 15, 2023.
Grants of $2,000.00, will be given to 11 congregations whose youth ministries were greatly impacted by COVID; these grants are supporting funds for restart, startup or enhancing congregational youth ministries. All completed applications are to be received in the VCC office by November 15, 2023. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Crystal Greenerl at [email protected]Access grant application…


2024 Grant Applications Opening Nov. 1st

The Intentional Growth Center is pleased to announce that on November 1 it will begin accepting applications for a new round of grants. These grants are available to local congregations and church organizations. It will focus on ministries that increase Christian Discipleship and Church Leader Development for clergy and laity of all denominations. Primary attention will be given to projects of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.

For over 40 years the Intentional Growth Center (an agency of the SEJ UMC) was housed at Lake Junaluska, NC, and provided continuing education and in-person growth opportunities for clergy and laity across the southeast. Now the IGC is a grant-funding organization that enables and supports ministries designed and sponsored by other organizations. The application process for 2024 grants will begin on November 1, 2023, with an application deadline of midnight on February 1, 2024. Grants are expected to be awarded in mid-March 2024.

Grant applications should focus on educational events or programs that increase pastoral and congregational effectiveness. Preference will be given to projects that meet one or more of these funding priorities:
Ministries and programs that strengthen church leadership (lay or clergy), especially those that train leaders for collaborative, community-based ministry in the settings where the leaders live.
Ministries and programs that strengthen Christian discipleship, music, worship, or the church’s witness and innovation across the community.
Ministries and programs that meet a special need not commonly addressed by other organizations.
Ministries and programs affiliated with Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.
Ministries and programs that draw diverse audiences (with regards to age, race, gender, orientation, identity, socioeconomic status, etc.) to Lake Junaluska.
Both virtual and in-person ministries will be given consideration.

For more information visit the IGC website at The 2024 Application will be available on November 1, 2023.

The Intentional Growth Center looks forward to developing new ministry partners throughout the Southeastern Jurisdiction as together we increase Christian discipleship and develop church leaders.

United Methodist Communications Grants

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minorities
This $2,500 scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate pursuing the study of religion journalism or mass communications. Learn more…

Stoody-West Fellowship
This $6000 grant will assist a United Methodist student in their post-graduate study at an accredited U.S. college or university who intends on pursuing a career in religious journalism. Learn more…

New church start grants. Learn more…

Virginia United Methodist Foundation Grants (including Hanna Grant and Micah Grant)

Learn more about grants offered by the Virginia United Methodist Foundation.

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