Mission Grants

GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 2019

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Funding Criteria

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:

  • 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 (GBGM missionaries/UMVIM Individual Volunteers)
    Direct financial support of projects or ministries of our North Alabama Conference missionaries serving locally, nationally, or internationally

 

Where do the Grant monies come from?

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.

Ministry Action Plan of the North Alabama Conference

Vision: 
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.

Mission: 
Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.

Values:

  • Working together to create a kingdom-like environment which transforms lives and communities with urgency
  • Movement of the Holy Spirit produces personal and social holiness
  • Centered in Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God
  • The Bible as the inspired word of God which guides our work together
  • Integrity—what we say, what we do and what we desire are aligned

- See more at: www.umcna.org/ministryactionplan
 

Application Process

Applications will be received through Oct. 1, 2018.  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.
 

Deadline for Submitting Grant Application: October 1, 2018

Any application received in our office after this date will not be considered for funding by the Mission Resource Team for this grant cycle and will be returned to the applicant.

 

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If you have any questions, please call Office of Connectional Ministries at (205) 226-7933 or Rev. Dr. Adlene Kufarimai at adlene.kufarimai@umcna.org.

 

Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.