Grant Application Guidelines


  1. 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.
  2. Your completed Grant Application Form must be received by the Foundation by the established deadline.
  3. The decision of the Board of Directors of the Foundation regarding all awards shall be final.
  4. 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 functions

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 matching funding)
  • 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 of $750

Grant amounts and terms

  1. Grants may include amounts to cover the internal expense of the Foundation staff assigned to provide fund-development consultation with the entity seeking the funding.
  2. Grants may be renewable up to three consecutive years depending on funding sources and quality and scope of the project.
  3. Grants may be made conditional upon certain requirements being met and documented to the Foundation’s satisfaction.
  4. 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.