The Foundation’s grant program is a demonstration of how we fulfill the mission of having been sent in Jesus’ name with the power of the Holy Spirit. Each year The Foundation tithes anticipated revenue to help provide funding for ministry that is reaching out into the world. Grants support outward focused ministries - addressing the needs of the poor, lost, and marginalized - helping Annual Conference ministries to increase their relevancy to the world. That's what we're about, isn't it? Changing the world?
Learn more about our grants program through our Grants webinar.
Guidelines: Awards are granted based on the following guidelines:
Foundation grants are primarily intended to help initiate programs, projects or activities – especially those that are innovative, new or acutely needed. Our priority is to fund activities in the conference that have the capacity of enriching many or all local churches’ ministries. In general, Foundation grants are not intended to provide for personnel costs, sustaining support, or to fund the existing regular operational obligations of a church or agency. Grants are generally not awarded to pay for personal ministry expenses, local church building capital improvements or maintenance.
Notwithstanding the previous bullet point, the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia has temporarily expanded our Grant Guidelines to help support ongoing ministries due to the challenges churches and ministries of the West Virginia Annual Conference are currently facing arising from COVID-19 and the economic downturn occasioned by it,. Applications should request funds to support and continue ministries that are consistent with the mission of the Conference, and funds are to be used for essential services provided by the local church and the missional needs of the communities served by local churches. Health, safety, and protection issues may be considered. The need for funds for ongoing ministries must be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will not be awarded to cover the costs associated with clergy or lay staff salaries or benefits.
We will avoid becoming the perpetual funder for any ongoing program or ministry.
We target our resources primarily to United Methodist programs and ministries of the West Virginia Annual Conference.
We want to be targeted and strategic in our grant-making, preferring to make fewer substantial commitments, rather than diluting our impact by spreading our resources thinly over many small requests.
We conscientiously attempt to communicate with conference leadership to better understand the Conference’s needs and opportunities.
Additional Information: The Grants Committee provides the following additional information to help in your application process:
Grant recipient organizations must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization.
We are unable to provide funding for international projects that have no United States connection.
The following statistics are updated annually to help applicants determine an appropriate amount of funds for a request:
The Foundation’s total grant budget for 2021 is $114,325. We estimate that approximately one half of that amount will be distributed at each of the two 2021 Grant Committee meetings.
The Foundation’s largest grant award was for $22,000.
The Foundation’s average grant award is $5,650.
Forms: Forms can be downloaded at the following links.