2023 Fall Cycle Grants:
Church & School Collaboration: Violence Prevention

Metro Ministries, Inc.’s 2023 Fall Grant Cycle Is Now Open, June 1 – September 1, 2023!

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.

Metro Ministries Inc.’s 2023 Fall Grant Cycle is focused on church and school collaboration regarding violence prevention.

Churches are invited to consider project proposal submissions that are directly and intentionally focused on one or more areas related to violence awareness and/or prevention.

Churches are not only encouraged, but are expected to work with one or more schools in their respective communities, to identify how the church may be most helpful to the school(s) in addressing violence.

Areas of Focus

Activities funded by this year’s Fall grants must be intentionally focused on and directly related to one or more facets of violence, such as:
  • Gun Violence
  • Bullying
  • Gang Participation
  • Date Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Violence
  • Self-harm through Substance Abuse
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Root causes such as mental illness, lack of social emotional learning, or absence of positive role models
Here are just a few ideas to stimulate thinking: facilitating panels, hosting or supporting outside training opportunities, community awareness building. Funds may be used towards one-time projects or events or to initiate ongoing programs. Funds must be used for a new or re-imagined initiative. Metro Ministries does not support funding direct salaries; however for this grant cycle, honoraria for outside speakers,  program facilitators or trainers may be covered.


  • May 31, 2023: RFP and Application Announced in Newsletter and on Website
  • June 2023: Registration for Grant Workshop(s) Announced
  • July 2023: Grant Workshop(s) Held
  • September 1, 2023: Deadline for Submissions
  • September 2023: Committee Review
  • October 4, 2023: Recipients Announced
  • Week of October 2, 2023: Funds Distributed

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.

Final submissions must be received by September 1, 2023 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 metrogrants@gmail.com.

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