2022-2023 Ministry Grants Program

Metro Ministries Inc. is pleased to announce the kickoff of the 2023 Spring Grants cycle. The cycle begins with grant workshop sessions in late October, draft submissions due in December, an opportunity for mentoring in January and February and final submissions due February 28. Grant awards for this cycle will be announced by April1, 2023. 

New process step this year: the Grants Team will complete an evaluation of each  draft submission, with submitters and their respective mentors receiving their evaluations prior to the mentoring period.

The Request for Proposal is available for download HERE.

Metro’s mandatory grant writing workshop sessions were held Octobr 27 and 28, with a makeup session held November 14. Please note that the proposal submission link has been provided only to organizations represented at one of the grant workshop sessions. 

See below for all details of this grant cycle!, with 

Ministry Grant Areas of Focus

Activities funded by Metro’s Ministry Grants program must be intentionally focused on one or more more of the following areas:

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 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 and should include self-sufficiency of individuals and/or communities as an expected outcome.

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. Expected outcomes of these programs and ministries must include ensuring children are highly valued and fully thriving.

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, change that is tangible and visible.

In addition to the above alignment, submissions must meet all Grant Criteria and Grant Requirements included in the Request for Proposals.

Grant request amounts should not exceed $5,000. The actual amounts awarded will be determined by Metro Ministries, Inc.’s Grants Team.

2023 Ministry Grants Timeline

  • October 5, 2022: RFP released and Workshop Registration Published
  • October 27 and 28, 2022: Dates of Grant Workshop Sessions
  • December 1, 2022: Draft Submissions Due
  • Mid-December 2022: Draft Evaluations Completed and Mentors Assigned
  • January – February 2023: Mentor Reviews and Engagement
  • February 28, 2023, Final Submissions Due
  • March 2023: Final Submissions Reviewed and Grant Recipients Determined
  • April 1, 2023: Recipients Announced, Checks Mailed

2021 Grant Recipients and Their Stories

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

2021 Ministry Grant

Scott UMC

2021 Children Matter Most Grant

Grace United Methodist Church