Grant Guidelines

(updated 2.25.21)




  • • 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

  • • 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 grant period after they have been re-written to comply with the guidelines


    To be considered for a grant, applicants must be:


  • • A United Methodist church or organization related to the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference or Susquehanna Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

  • • Seeking funding for an activity or project that is in keeping with the mission and ministry of the United Methodist Church or organization seeking the grant


    Priority for grant awards shall be given to requests that:


    • • Are intended to enhance a ministry 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 and/or Susquehanna Annual Conferences

    •            • Are deemed to be an outreach activity to the larger community

    •            • Involve collaboration with other United Methodist entities

    •            • Have identified sources of matching funds

    •            • Are an integral part of a long-range plan for ministry in the community

    • • Are for program-related expenses, including computers and IT equipment, directly related to programming, rather than administration

    • • Meet an immediate or emergency need


    Causes for Exclusion:


  • •  The applicant has full funding available from another source (However, sources of matching funding are not cause for exclusion and are a positive

  •            • No method for review and evaluation

    •            • There is no evidence that the governing body of the organization             

    •            endorses the project or activity

  • • Capital items or building improvements not deemed essential


    Grant amounts and terms:


  • • Grants may be renewable depending on funding sources and quality and scope of the activity or 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



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