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Special and Sustaining Grants, and Ministry Programs

MINISTRY PROGRAMS should advance the conference vision. Common Table invites persons and churches, as well as conference boards and agencies, to submit applications. They will be reviewed and discerned for possible approval and implementation by the Common Table.

SPECIAL PROGRAM 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. 

The purpose of these grants is to encourage churches of all ethnic groups to move from an emphasis on self-care to an emphasis on reaching out into the local community in the name of Christ. In every ethnic group, vital and creative outreach ministries by United Methodist churches produce vital, self-sufficient, and growing local churches. Because it is important that outreach ministries have the support of the whole church, the church council or other appropriate body must approve the project prior to submission for a grant request.

These grants are for program expenses and not for building projects. Program expenses would include “consumables” necessary to facilitate a particular ministry and only under the most unusual of circumstances include salaries or compensation for workers or coordinators of the ministries beyond the local church.

Normally, a project will not be funded for more than three years. All local church programs should strive for self-sufficiency within the three-year period. Funding is paid in the month following each quarter and is contingent upon the receipt of satisfactory quarterly reports from the project. If a quarterly report is not received, the next payment cannot be made. Please note that no application will be considered without the District Superintendent’s approval and signature. Applications are available below. They are due in the Office of Connectional Ministries by November 1. Questions may be directed to Bev Myers at BevMyers@vaumc.org  

Guidelines for 2021 Special and Sustaining Grants (pdf)

Applications are due in the Office of Connectional Ministries by December 10, 2020.

2021 Application for Special/Sustaining Program Grant or Ministry Programs (Word form)
2021 Application for Special/Sustaining Program Grant or Ministry Programs (pdf)