Mission Grants

Application Deadline: October 2, 2020

Application Guidelines

The North Alabama Conference Mission budget provides grant funds for new mission projects and continuing projects with connections to the United Methodist Church. The grant is available every other year. 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 ministries not continually rely on North Alabama grant funding.  

Funding Criteria

  • Project or ministry budget
  • Copy of your Safe Sanctuary Policy approved by the Church Council or Charge Conference
  • GCFA Covenant Form

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:

  • Mission Education and Communication
    Providing mission education and training events as well as interpretation
  • Mission development of the local church/cooperative parish
    Hands-on mission ministry both locally and around the world to assist the local church in launching a mission project that serve those beyond the local congregation
  • Community ministries
    Community ministries in the areas of hunger, housing, and children’s ministry. Funds in this mission area are specifically designed to provide seed money for new Ministries. Applicants should include a plan for long-term funding support. Grants for continuing ministries are available on a limited basis. 
  • Mission Congregations (designated by North Alabama Conference)
    Direct financial support to Mission Congregations
  • Mission Personnel (GM missionaries/UMVIM Individual Volunteers)
    Direct financial support of projects or ministries of our North Alabama Conference missionaries serving locally, nationally, or internationally.

Application Process

Applications will be available online at www.umcna.org. The deadline for the application to be in the office will be October 2. 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.   The Servants Like Jesus Mission Grant will be offered every other year.


Grants range from $500 to $2,500 per project/ministry. Approved grants will be sent in two installments determined by the total amount. A Grant Recipient Report will be sent with your second installment and should be completed and return by the date indicated on the Report. 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 applicable following year.

If you have any questions about the application form or award process, please email Rev. Dr. Adlene Kufarimai, Director of Missions and Advocacy at akufarimai@umcna.org

Completed Application forms must be submitted no later than October 2 of the calendar year.


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