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EPA Congregational Development Grant applications will be accepted from September 1 to October 15. To access the application, please log-in to Arena at http://member.gnjumc.org using the same username and password you use to fill out paperwork for your Church Conference. When logged in, click on "Grants" tab in the gray menu bar.  Scroll down the page to locate the application form at the bottom of the page. If you are experiencing difficulties logging in to your account, please email arenasupport@epaumc.org for assistance.

Please note: If you’re unable to complete the application in one sitting, you can save your progress as you go along and then return to continue later as needed. The version of the application that’s in Arena at the end of the day on October 15, 2023, will be considered the final application.

The United Methodists of Eastern Pennsylvania is committed to resourcing and supporting congregations and transformational leaders to assess and improve their pathways for disciples to know, grow in, live and share the life of Jesus every day, so that we increase the number of new disciples and vital congregations.

EPA provides development grants to leaders and congregations that:

  • Encourage innovative ministry that connects with people in the community.
  • Develop lay and clergy leadership for making disciples and transforming the world.
  • Maximize vital congregations.

Applications can be submitted for new worship services, new small groups and mission ministries, congregational development, cooperative parishes, Wholeness Center development, Urban Ministry, supplemental our equitable clergy salary and planning. Grants will be allocated based on demonstrated willingness and readiness to grow vital congregations.

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

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. 

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.

For information on 2024 Grants visit our Grants for Ministry page.

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.


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.

Contact Us
NancyJo Fielding

NancyJo Fielding
Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer
Executive Director, EPA Board of Benefits


Lawrence A. Lee, MBA
Finance Manager


Beth Lishon
Support Associate, Accounting


Debbie Perez
Support Associate, Accounting

For accounts payable, accounts receivable, and moving expenses, please email: AccountingSupport@epaumc.church

For remittance questions or concerns, please email: Remittances@epaumc.org