Spring 2024 Grants Program

Metro Ministries, Inc.’s Spring 2024 Grants Program Is Now Closed

Metro Ministries offers two grant cycles annually, the Spring Cycle and the Fall Cycle. The Spring Grant cycle begins in the late fall, and grants are awarded in the spring. These grants are open to United Methodist Churches and non-profit organizations located in the Central District of the Indiana Conference. Fall Cycle grants are open ONLY to United Methodist Churches in the Central District and are awarded late summer/early fall.

Churches are invited to consider project proposal submissions that are directly and intentionally focused on one or more areas related to those listed below.

Areas of Focus

Christian Leadership Development – Youth and/or adult training which provides motivation and hands-on opportunities to become passionate, educated, and well-informed Christian leaders with the practice of service. This training should include outward-focused church and/or community ministries.

Emergent/Basic Human Needs – Ministries which engage with people who are under-resourced and marginalized, offering skills, education, training, daily life necessities, access to healthcare services, etc. Initiatives may address the causes of poverty. Establishing partnerships that enable individuals or communities to achieve self-sufficiency as an outcome is highly encouraged.

Racial Equity and Justice – Projects and programs that respond to racial inequity and interrupt racism. Work done through such projects and programs should stimulate sustainable change in individuals, communities and/or churches with tangible and visible outcomes.

Supporting the Growth and Well-being of Children and Youth – Programs and ministries that focus on education, social-emotional learning and spiritual growth of children and young people. Program outcomes must be defined and measurable.

grANT CYCLE TIMELINE

  • December 27, 2023: Grant Workshops Announced
  • January 2, 2024: RFP Announced via Website
  • January 4, 2024: Date of Zoom Grant Workshop (6:00pm EST)
  • February 5, 2024: Draft Submission Due
  • February 6-16, 2024: Team Reviews, Mentor assignment if needed
  • March 15, 2024: Final Submission Due 
  • March 20,2023: Submission Evaluations and Recommendations by
    Metro Grants Team
  • April 8, 2024: Recipients Announced
  • April 27, 2024: Luncheon for grantees
  • April 30, 2024: checks to be mailed.

Submission Instructions

In addition to aligning with one or more of the above focus areas, submissions must meet all Grant Criteria and Grant Requirements included in the Request for Proposal (RFP).

This cycle’s  Grant Application is an online form that should be completed and submitted via a web browser.

Draft submissions must be received by February 5, 2024 at 11:59 pm.

The amounts of individual grant awards are dependent on the number and quality of grant submissions but will be in the range of $1,000 – $5,000, with the potential for one submission to be awarded beyond this range.

Please direct all questions to metrodirector1923@gmail.com.

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2024 Grant Recipients

Bethel UMC Sweet Cheeks Diaper Pantry
Brightwood Community Center SPARK Afterschool program
Chapel Hill UMC Kids Clothing Corner
Irvington Community Advocacy Network
Danville UMC Journey Project for Youth
Praise Stage Productions Theatre Indy Great Debaters
Robert’s Park UMC Soup’s on
SWAG/Martindale Church Soften their Situation Project
Stillwaters Adult Day Center Seniors Horticulture Program

Brianna Owens - ICAN Program Director