Grant Guidelines

(updated 9.24.19)

 

General:

 

  • • 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

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    Purpose of those seeking grants shall qualify for consideration by:

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  • • Being a United Methodist church or an 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 of the organization seeking the grant

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    Priority for grant awards shall be given to projects that:

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    • • 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

      • Are for program-related equipment (including computers and IT equipment) that can be used directly for program related activities as opposed to administrative functions

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      Causes for Exclusion:

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    • • Cases in which the applicant has full funding available for the project or activity from another source (it is 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

      • Generally, capital items or building improvements will not be funded

       

      Grant amounts and terms:

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    • • Grants may be renewable 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 and all awardees shall report annual progress to the Foundation

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If you have any questions regarding the guidelines for the UM Foundation of Western PA's Grant Program, please contact us