Grant 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.




  • Applicants must be a United Methodist church or organization that is related to the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church seeking funding for programming that is in keeping with the mission and ministry purpose of the organization seeking the grant. 

Technology Expenses


  • Consideration may be given for Program-related equipment (including computers and IT equipment) that can be used directly for program-related activities as opposed to administration functions.

Priority Consideration May Be Given For... 


  • - Programs 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

  • - Programs deemed to be of an outreach nature to the larger community

  • - Programs that are collaborative with other United Methodist entities

  • - Programs that have identified matching sources of revenue

  • - Programs that are an integral part of a long-range plan for ministry in the            community




  • - 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 programs 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 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.


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