2020-2021 Ministry Grants Program

Metro Ministries Inc’s annual Ministry Grants cycle kicks off in the fall with grant workshop sessions, draft submissions due in January, an opportunity for mentoring in February and final submissions due in early March. Grant awards for this cycle will be announced by April 30, 2021. 

Check back for the announcement of 2021 Ministry Grant Recipients as well as other grant opportunities coming later this year.

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.

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.

Engaging in Ministry with Under-resourced Persons:

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.

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 Ministry Grants Program Announcement, in order to be considered for grant awards.

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

2021 Ministry Grants Timeline

  • October 28, 2020: RFP released and Workshop Registration Published
  • November 12 & November 13: Dates of Grant Workshop Sessions
  • January 4, 2021: Draft Submissions Due
  • January 11, 2021: Metro Mentors Assigned
  • January – February 2021: Mentor Reviews and Engagement
  • March 1, 2021, Final Submissions Due
  • March 2021: Submission Evaluations and Recommendations by Metro Grants Team
  • April 2021: Metro Board Approves Recipients
  • April 30, 2021: Recipients Announced, Checks Mailed

2020 Grant Recipients and Their Stories

2020 Restoration from COVID-19

Chapel Hill UMC

2020 Ministry Grant

Barnes UMC Back to School Community Resource Day

2020 Racial Justice and Equity

Chapel Hill UMC PALS

2020 Ministry Grant

Fletcher Place Hot Meals and Community Garden Programs

2020 Restoration from COVID-19

Franklin Grace UMC

2020 Restoration from COVID-19

Miracles and Blessings UMC

2020 Ministry Grant

Old Bethel UMC & Partners Food Pantry

2020 Ministry Grant

Project Transformation Indiana 2020

2020 Ministry Grant

SAWs Ramp up for Freedom, Dignity & Independence

2020 Racial Justice and Equity

Scott UMC

2020 Ministry Grant

Society of St. Andrew Central District Potato Drop

2020 Restoration from COVID-19

Southport UMC

2020 Restoration from COVID-19

West Newton UMC