The North Alabama Conference Mission budget provides grant funds for new mission projects and continuing projects with connections to the United Methodist Church. New and emerging ministries as well as existing ministries specifically engaged in mission managed by mission agencies, local United Methodist Churches, Cooperative Parishes, Advance Specials and other affiliated mission programs are invited to apply for funding. Continuing ministries that have received grant monies in the past may apply, but the committee wants to see that ministry not continually rely on North Alabama grant funding.
The North Alabama Conference Mission team seeks to support those programs that are partnering with United Methodist Churches to make disciples for Jesus Christ across the conference and around the world. The following are the mission areas that serve as criteria for funding:
The current grant monies are available from the generous support of local churches through the Mission Fund 522 to the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church and Connectional Ministries budget. It is the responsibility of the Conference Mission Resource Team to provide accountability and good stewardship of these resources.
Spiritual leaders empowering life-giving congregations to transform the world.
The North Alabama Conference will be led by lay and clergy growing in an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus Christ. These leaders will guide the church in transforming the world through making committed disciples, through supporting vital congregations and through developing critical conference missions and ministries to impact people around the world.
Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.
- See more at: www.umcna.org/ministryactionplan
Applications will be available on-line at www.umcna.org. The annual deadline for application to be in the office will be October 1. If this date falls on a weekend or holiday, the next business date will be the deadline. All the required documentation should be in the office by the deadline. It is up to the ministry/organization to make sure that paperwork is submitted on time not our office. Failure to meet the deadline will result in denial. Grants normally range from $500 to $3,000 per project.
Please note that the committee looks to fund new ministries, or ministries that align themselves with the conference's mission and vision statements (see above). Continuing ministries that have received grant monies in the past may apply, but the committee wants to see that ministry not continually rely on North Alabama grant funding.
Approved grants will be sent in installments determined by the total amount. A Grant Recipient Report will be sent with your first installment and should be completed and return by the date indicated on the Report.
YOU MUST ALSO SUBMIT A COPY OF OUR SAFE SANCTUARY POLICY APPROVED BY YOUR CHURCH COUNCIL, AND SIGN A FORM FROM GCFA RELATED TO THE SAFE SANCTUARIES POLICY. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL NULLIFY YOUR APPLICATION.
FUNDING CANNOT BE USED FOR SALARIES, STIPENDS, OR SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP TRAVEL. IF YOU RECEIVED A GRANT IN THE PAST, BUT FAILED TO RETURN THE GRANT RECIPIENT REPORT, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A GRANT FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR
If you have any questions, please call Office of Connectional Ministries at (205) 226-7933 or Rev. Dr. Adlene Kufarimai at firstname.lastname@example.org.