United Methodist Women offers grants for ministries and emerging child advocacy programs.
United Methodist Women Grants Disclosure: 2014
This fund and grant honors Ms. Hoover's dedication to community service, public policy and ecumenical, global views. It is awarded to young women for the purpose of study, exploration, learning and research in a subject area of the recipient's choosing that matches United Methodist Women's priority issues.
This annual observance gives local and district units a chance to study and reflect on a particular theme and to designate funds for ministries related to that theme for the year.
In 2015, United Methodist Women is offering grants of up to $10,000 for projects and programs that help prevent and end child trafficking, modern day child slavery and child sexual exploitation. Programs supporting child survivors (ages 0-18) will also be considered for funding.
Frequently Asked Questions About Grants
1. What grants does United Methodist Women offer?
United Methodist Women offers the following grants:
A Brighter Future for Children and Youth
United Methodist Women is offering grants of up to $10,000 for projects and programs that help prevent and end all forms of child trafficking, including child labor trafficking, modern day child slavery and child sexual exploitation. Programs supporting child survivors (ages 0-18) will also be considered for funding. This grant is by invitation only.
Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Offering
In 2016, the offering received from the Call to Prayer and Self-Denial observance will support programs that empower women to gain the resources they need to earn a living-wage and take care of themselves and their loved ones. Projects may include (but are not limited to) vocational training, job readiness and life skills training, as well as small business development assistance. Advocacy campaigns to educate communities around the area of economic justice at a local, national, and global level will also be supported. This grant is for National Mission Institutions and International Ministries Partners only.
Assembly Offering Grant
United Methodist Women Assembly takes place every four years for members to celebrate, to lift up, to learn, and to return to their communities better equipped for mission. During this time, an offering is made to fund mission work for a designated theme. The upcoming Assembly Offering will fund maternal health and environmental justice projects. United Methodist Women sees these important issues as inextricably linked and critical for the thriving of women, children and youth today. The next Assembly Offering Grant will be offered after Assembly 2018.
Theressa Hoover Community Service and Global Citizenship Award
This fund and grant honors Ms. Hoover's dedication to community service, public policy and ecumenical, global views. It is awarded to young women for the purpose of study, exploration, learning and research in a subject area of the recipient's choosing that matches United Methodist Women's priority issues. The application for 2017 will be posted in the fall of 2016.
2. Who is eligible to apply?
Some grants are open to all nonprofit organizations, while others are by invitation only. See below for eligibility requirements:
A Brighter Future for Children and Youth: This grant is by invitation only.
Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Offering: In 2016, the Call to Prayer and Self-Denial offering will support National Mission Institutions and International Ministries Partners only.
Assembly Offering: The next Assembly Offering Grant will be offered after Assembly 2018.
3. Do you support non-United Methodist organizations?
Yes. Any not-for-profit organization that does not discriminate based on faith, ethnicity, race and gender is welcome to apply to grants that are not by invitation only. Preference is given to organizations working directly with women, children and youth.
4. Where can I find an application?
All grant application forms that are open to the general public can be found on this page. There are no open grants at this time.
5. When are applications due?
Due dates can be found on grant application forms.
6. Can an application be sent in after the deadline?
No. United Methodist Women does not accept late applications.
7. When will grant awards be announced?
Grant awards will be announced after the March or September Board of Director meetings.
8. How does United Methodist Women evaluate grant applications?
United Methodist Women staff begin the screening process by determining whether the application is complete and fits the grant criteria. The applications are then sent to the United Methodist Women's board of directors for approval. The board determines whether the grant application should be given funding. The board may decide to approve full funding or partial funding or may reject the application.
9. What is the maximum amount for a grant award?
The maximum amount of funds to be awarded varies for each grant and is listed on grant application forms. Please do not request more than the maximum amount of funds listed for the grant which you are applying. Additional funds will not be awarded.
10. What makes a compelling grant request?
Successful grant requests will match grant criteria listed on the application form, thoroughly answer all questions asked of applicants and include all requested attachments. In addition, grant requests must have a clear budget and a well-articulated monitoring and evaluation process. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
11. Are there any reporting requirements?
Yes. All United Methodist Women grants require submission of a semiannual and a final report. (Reporting forms will be provided to grant recipients.)
12. What is the Child Protection Policy? Why does United Methodist Women require it?
The United Methodist Church has a policy which assures the safety of children and other vulnerable individuals and which we follow and look for in our partners. Any applying organization that serves these populations must have an official child protection policy.
13. Can I include a DVD with the application?
No. DVDs and videos will not be viewed due to time constraints.
14. Where can additional questions be directed?
If you have questions or concerns that have not been addressed on this page, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.