2021 Church Collaboration: Children Matter Most

Metro Ministries offers two grant cycles annually, the Ministry Grants cycle and the Church Collaboration cycle. Ministry Grants are awarded in the spring and are open to United Methodist Churches and non-profit organizations in the Central District. Church Collaboration grants are open to United Methodist Churches in the Central District and are awarded late summer/early fall.

Metro Ministries Inc.’s 2021 Church Collaboration Grant cycle is centered on Children Matter Most, an initiative of the Indiana Conference and Bishop Trimble. 

Churches are invited to consider proposal submissions that demonstrate caring for children in meaningful and lasting ways. 

Churches are encouraged to collaborate on their submission with other churches, schools and/or organizations in their respective communities.

Areas of Focus

Activities funded by this year’s Church Collaboration grants must be intentionally focused on one or more more of the following areas:


Projects and programs focused here could include: workshops for youth; supporting children in safe and healthy play; providing safe spaces for youth to be their authentic selves without judgment or fear; providing resources to parents and other caregivers in promotion of positive family relationships.

Food Insecurity

Projects and programs that not only provide access to healthy food but also promote healthy food choices and support children and youth in learning responsibility for their own nutrition.


Projects and programs that support children and youth’s educational experiences, ensuring social emotional learning needs are being addressed.

Mental Health

Projects and programs that focus on mental health needs of all children and youth; can include programs targeted at children and youth and/or at educators, childcare providers, etc.


  • July 7, 2021: RFP and Application Announced in Newsletter and on Website
  • August 8, 2021: Final Submissions Due
  • August 9-20, 2021: Submission Evaluations and Decisions by Metro Grants Team
  • August 23, 2021: Recipients Announced
  • September 1, 2021: Checks 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).

The Grant Application must be submitted online. Draft submissions may be saved, with a link provided to complete and submit later. Final submissions will be emailed automatically to Metro Ministries.

Final submissions must be received by August 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Grant request amounts should not exceed $1,500. The actual amounts awarded will be determined by Metro Ministries, Inc.’s Grants Team.

Please direct questions to Tina McAninch at metrodirector1923@gmail.com or (317) 452-4786.

2020 Grant Recipients and Their Stories

2021 Ministry Grant

Scott UMC

2021 Children Matter Most Grant

Grace United Methodist Church

2021 Children Matter Most Grant

Pittsboro UMC

2021 Children Matter Most Grant

North Salem UMC

Discretionary Grant

United Way of Johnson County

Discretionary Grant

Salvation Army Central Indiana

2021 Ministry Grant

Ascent 121

2021 Ministry Grant

NeighborLink Indy

2021 Ministry Grant

You Feed Them Missional Food Pantry

2021 Ministry Grant

Old Bethel UMC

2021 Ministry Grant

Fletcher Place Community Center

2021 Ministry Grant

Bridges Alliance of Johnson County