Grant Application Guidelines
- The Foundation reserves the right to reject in whole or in part any grant
application that it deems to be incomplete or not in accord with its policies.
- Your completed Grant Application Form must be received by the Foundation by
the established deadline.
- The decision of the Board of Directors of the Foundation regarding all
awards shall be final.
- Applications that are rejected may be re-submitted in a subsequent year
after they have been re-written to comply with the guidelines.
Purpose of those seeking grants shall qualify for consideration by:
- Being a United Methodist church or organization that is related to the
Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
- Seeking funding for activities that are in keeping with the mission and
ministry purpose of the organization seeking the grant
- Seeking funds for operating expenses necessary for the grant-related project
Consideration may be given for the following:
- Program-related equipment (including computers and IT equipment) that can be
used directly for program-related activities as opposed to administration
Priority for grant awards shall be given to projects that:
- Are intended to enhance a ministry that is consistent with the United
Methodist Foundation’s mission to complement and reinforce the stewardship
ministry of the churches, organizations, and programs of the Western
Pennsylvania Annual Conference
- Are deemed to be of an outreach nature to the larger community
- Are collaborative with other United Methodist entities
- Have identified matching sources of revenue
- Are an integral part of a long-range plan for ministry in the community
Exclusions: Grants shall NOT be made for:
- Direct administrative and any indirect salary support
- Building repair, replacement, or expansion
- Capital items — including furnaces, air conditioners, remodeling of
building structure, ADA accessible modifications
- Cases in which the applicant has full funding available for the project or
activity from another source (it is a positive to demonstrate contributions or
- Projects or activities that have no mechanism for evaluation in place
- Cases for which there is no evidence that the governing body of the
organization endorses the project or activity
- Program-related equipment (including computers and IT equipment) in excess
Grant amounts and terms
- Grants may include amounts to cover the internal expense of the Foundation
staff assigned to provide fund-development consultation with the entity seeking
- Grants may be renewable up to three consecutive years depending on funding
sources and quality and scope of the project.
- Grants may be made conditional upon certain requirements being met and
documented to the Foundation’s satisfaction.
- All grants awarded shall require no less than annual reporting to the
Foundation as to the progress of the project and the financial activity
resulting from the grant and the project funded.