The United Methodist Foundation awards a limited number of grants to local churches and affiliated agencies of the Western Pennsylvania Conference and Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church twice a year – in January and June. These grants are intended for (but are not limited to) funding for ministries, programs, consultant and auditing services, stewardship resources, conference or meeting attendance or hosting costs, and emergency needs, among others.


Applications for funding may come from any church or ministry of or related to the Western Pennsylvania Conference or Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church and must be for a need consistent with the mission and strategic plan of the UM Foundation.


Grants are made possible by funding from the Stewart Endowment and the Paul D. Taylor Ministry Opportunity Fund.


Before completing an application, please carefully review both our Grant Guidelines and How to Apply to ensure that the ministry or need for which you are applying meets the requirements of the Foundation's grant program.


Applications for winter grants will be accepted between October 1, 2021 and October 29, 2021. 


Applications for summer grants were accepted between March 26, 2021 and April 26, 2021 and check back for next year's summer grant dates.


Applications should be received during the application window. All applications for Foundation grants must be submitted electronically via email to using the Grant Application Form.


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The UM Foundation Board of Directors has a limited capacity to award emergency grants in an amount up to $5,000 outside of the grant application window, should an appropriate need arise. Please contact our office for information if your church or organization has an emergency need that must be addressed immediately and cannot wait until the grant application period to be considered.


Recipients of UM Foundation grants are asked to submit Grant Progress Reports early in the year following the award.


Please contact us if you have any questions about Foundation grants or the grant application process.






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Grant Funding Sources

Grant Guidelines

How to Apply