United Methodist Women offers grants for ministries and emerging child advocacy programs.
This annual observance gives local and district units a chance to study and reflect on a particular theme and to designate funds for ministries related to that theme for the year.
Apply for a Call to Prayer and Self-Denial grant:
In 2013, United Methodist Women is offering grants of up to $10,000 for projects and programs that help prevent and end child trafficking, modern day child slavery and child sexual exploitation. Programs supporting child survivors (ages 0-18) will also be considered for funding. This grant is by invitation only for organizations that have relevant experience and expertise. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.
Frequently Asked Questions About Grants
1. What grants does United Methodist Women offer?
United Methodist Women offers the following grants:
- Brighter Future for Children & Youth
United Methodist Women is offering grants of up to $10,000 for projects and programs that help prevent and end child trafficking, modern day child slavery and child sexual exploitation. Programs supporting child survivors (ages 0-18) will also be considered for funding.
- Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Offering
Since 1991, United Methodist Women has funded mission projects through Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Offerings in four-year cycles. The first year supports programs at institutions related to United Methodist Women; the second year has an open theme; the third year funds buildings and institutions that have historical relationships to United Methodist Women; and the fourth year supports pensions and medical care for retired missionaries and deaconesses. 2013 will be the second year in a four-year cycle. The grant for 2013 will be “Living Stewardship: Creating Financial Literacy.”
- Assembly Offering
United Methodist Women Assembly takes place every four years to allow attendees to celebrate, to lift up, to learn, and to return to their communities better equipped for mission. During this time, an offering is made to fund mission work for a designated theme. The next Assembly Offering will be in 2014.
2. Who is eligible to apply?
Some grants are open to all nonprofit organizations; others are by invitation only. Eligibility requirements are as follows:
- Brighter Future for Women and Children: This grant is by invitation only.
- Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Offering: In 2013, 501(c)(3) U.S. and international nonprofit organizations will be eligible to apply.
- Assembly Offering: The next Assembly Offering application will be available in 2014. The theme and eligibility are to be determined.
3. Do you support non–United Methodist organizations?
Yes. Any not-for-profit organization that does not discriminate based on faith, ethnicity, race, and gender is welcome to apply. Preference is given to organizations working directly with women, children and youth.
4. Where can I find an application?
All grant application forms that are open to the general public can be found on this page. Call to Prayer and Self-Denial applications are also available on the Call to Prayer and Self-Denial page.
5. When are applications due?
Due dates are found on grant application forms. These forms will be made available on the United Methodist Women website from January through May.
6. Can an application be sent in after the deadline?
No. United Methodist Women does not accept late applications.
7. When will grant awards be announced?
Grant awards are announced in November of each year.
8. How does United Methodist Women evaluate grant applications?
United Methodist Women staff begin the screening process by determining whether the application is complete and fits the priority criteria. The applications are then sent to the United Methodist Women’s board of directors for approval. The board determines whether the grant application should be given funding. The board may decide to approve full funding or partial funding or may reject the application.
9. What is the maximum amount for a grant award?
The maximum amount of funds to be awarded varies for each grant and is listed on grant application forms. Please do not request more than the maximum amount of funds listed for the grant to which you are applying. Additional funds will not be awarded.
10. What makes a compelling grant request?
Successful grant requests match priority criteria listed on the application form, thoroughly answer all questions asked of applicants and include all requested attachments. In addition, grant requests must have a clear budget and a well-articulated monitoring and evaluation process. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
11. Are there any reporting requirements?
Yes. All United Methodist Women grants require submission of a semiannual and a final report. (Reporting forms will be provided to grant recipients.)
12. What is the child protection policy? Why does United Methodist Women require it?
The United Methodist Church has a policy which assures the safety of children and other vulnerable individuals and which we follow and look for in our partners. Any applying organization that serves these populations must have an official child protection policy.
13. Can I include a DVD with the application?
No. DVDs and videos will not be viewed due to time constraints. However, you may include recent evaluations, articles, reviews and photos. Please note that these items are not required and will not be returned.
14. Where can additional questions be directed?
If you have questions or concerns that have not been addressed on this page, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.