Funding For Ministry

Funding for Ministry and Leadership Development Booklet


Conference Loan Fund

The EPA Conference Loan Fund is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation. Its purpose is to make loans to churches and agencies for building projects. Learn more

 Loan Application Form

This loan application form can be filled in, signed and submitted electronically — or printed, completed by hand, signed, and submitted by mail. For electronic completion, please be sure to save (Ctrl + S) this document to a directory on your computer, and then use your PDF Reader to open, fill in and save the document. Entries made within your browser window (for example: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.) cannot be saved.

Call (800) 828-9093 for more information. 


Narberth UMC Legacy Ministry Action Grants

2021-2023 Action Grants

The Narberth Legacy Ministry Action Fund is a Permanent Endowment Fund administered by the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation on behalf of the Eastern PA Conference. It was established from the 2014 discontinuation of Narberth (PA) UMC, as a living memorial to past church members, to provide substantial support to new, innovative, justice-seeking ministries that impact the life of communities.

Beginning July 1, 2021 one grant for up to $45,000, distributed over a three-year period, will be awarded annually to a church. Eligible ministries are those that seek to serve populations that may be multicultural, young or intergenerational, unchurched or de-churched, and challenged by racism, discrimination, poverty and other disadvantages. Such ministries should demonstrate viability and a commitment to foster productive cooperation with church and community partners and stakeholders. They should also witness publicly to an active Christian faith and the call to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” (from Micah 6:8)

The recipient ministry’s progress will be assessed to ensure continuation of the funding. Funds will be granted only for endeavors that produce action and offer the potential for real change. Funds will not be granted to pay for staffing or ordinary operating costs, nor for work that is primarily related to training, dialogues, one-time events, property purchases, or construction or improvement of facilities.

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2021


Peace with Justice Grants

Apply for a Peace with Justice Grant for individual or church/organization use within Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The grants are designed to support peace with justice issues. Grants will be given to work/study programs/projects that seek alternatives to violence and its causes; economic justice and the self-development of peoples; and promote restorative justice, including abolition of the death penalty.

Learn more at https://www.umcjustice.org/what-we-care-about/peace-with-justice and http://www.umcgiving.org/ministry-articles/peace-with-justice-sunday.


Dewees Grants

In accordance with the provision in the Dewees will, the funds are given to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church “to use in the mission programs of the Church.” Grants will typically not exceed $5,000, and be for the initial funding of a project only.

Churches should mail their application form to their District Superintendent. Committees, boards and agencies should mail the application form to the Director of Connectional Ministries, EPA Conference,  P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge, PA  19482-0820.  Deadline: March 1 for Spring grants, and September 1 for Fall grants.


United Methodist Metro Ministries, Inc.
Building Repair Grant Application

UMMM will receive applications two times per year with submissions due on March 15 and September 15.  UMMM has limited funds and seeks to fund the most compelling projects that demonstrate high impact on the life of the congregation and/or the community it serves.  Congregations are limited to one Building Repair Grant per calendar year.  If your application was not approved for funding during the first funding cycle you are invited to apply again during the second funding cycle.

Make sure you obtain your District Superintendent’s recommendation prior to submitting the application.

All grant applications must be marked: ATTENTION: METRO GRANT.

Please submit applications to:
The Office of Director of Connectional Ministries
P.O. Box 820
Valley Forge, PA  19482-0820
dtaylorstorm@epaumc.org

Questions and comments should be directed to:

Rev. Eric W. Carr, Jr.
315 Edwards St.
Chester, PA 19013
pastorewcarr@gmail.com


General Board of Church and Society

The General Board of Church and Society oversees the distribution of three different grants available to United Methodist congregations and organizations.

Human Relations Day, Ethnic Local Church, and Peace With Justice grants are all available through Church and Society.

TO APPLY FOR FUNDING FROM ANY OF THE THREE GRANTS, THE APPLICANT MUST BE: a United Methodist local church, district, conference or other affiliated group/organization, an Ecumenical group/organization working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization, whose program impacts at least one United Methodist local church.

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED:

Feb. 10 for the Spring funding cycle
Aug. 10 for the Fall funding cycle

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Funding for Justice Ministry

United Methodist Voluntary Services, a Global Ministries program funded by the churchwide Human Relations Day offering, has funds available for community projects that challenge unjust political, social and economic systems and work to empower the poor. For more information contact Dr. Dana Lyles, Director, US Office on Multicultural Ministries, at dlyles@umcmission.org. Projects should be in supportive relationship with UM churches. Funds are also available for projects focused on rural and urban ministries. For more information, contact Dr. Dana Lyles, Director, US Office on Multicultural Ministries, at dlyles@umcmission.org.


Urban Ministry Grants

The Conference Urban Ministry Office and Urban Commission strive to help reinvigorate and build capacity for effective ministry in our various urban areas by providing information, expertise, encouragement, funding and connectional support to urban congregations. The Commission awards two types of grants—both named the Herbert E. Palmer Award for Urban Ministry—to eligible, innovative, outreach-focused churches. The grants are named in honor of a longtime, faithful conference leader in this arena of ministry.

Urban Alliance Grants support alliances of two or more congregations working together in collaborative ministries, preferably with community and civic partners.  Urban Alliances, because they involve multiple partners, may apply for funding up to $6,000.

Urban Church Initiative Grants support new or expanding ministries within individual urban congregations. Local churches may apply for funding up to $2,500.

Grant funds may not be used to pay salaries or for any existing building expenses, maintenance or repairs, including those caused by natural calamities.

Urban Commission Grant Application – 2020


Conference Advance Specials

Conference Advance Specials is a missional stewardship program of second-mile giving by generous churches, groups and individuals to support primarily local ministries.  Churches that want to give to support Conference Advance Specials should first fulfill their primary connectional stewardship commitments to the conference and general church by remitting apportioned funds and direct bill payments.

The list of programs and ministries, as approved by 2018 Annual Conference, designated as a list of Conference Advance Specials for the year July 1, 2019 through  June 30, 2020. Continue