2021-2022 Ministry Grants Program

Metro Ministries Inc. is pleased to announce the kickoff of the 2021-2022 Ministry Grants program. The cycle begins with grant workshop sessions in November, 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. 

The Request for Proposal is available for download HERE.

To register for one of Metro’s grant workshops, click HERE.

See below for all details of this grant cycle!

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.

2022 Ministry Grants Timeline

  • October 27, 2021: RFP released and Workshop Registration Published
  • November 11 & November 13, 2021: Dates of Grant Workshop Sessions
  • January 3, 2022: Draft Submissions Due
  • January 10, 2022: Metro Mentors Assigned
  • January – February 2022: Mentor Reviews and Engagement
  • February 28, 2022, Final Submissions Due
  • March 2022: Submission Evaluations and Recommendations by Metro Grants Team
  • April 2022: Metro Board Approves Recipients
  • April 27, 2022: Recipients Announced, Checks Mailed

2021 Grant Recipients and Their Stories

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

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