United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia expands Grant opportunities

By Kim Matthews

Although the Foundation Grant program typically seeks to support new and emerging ministries, in light of the challenges churches and ministries of the West Virginia Annual Conference are currently facing due to COVID-19 and the economic downturn occasioned by it, the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia has temporarily expanded our Grant Guidelines to help support ongoing ministries of the church. 

Applications should request funds to support and continue ministries that are consistent with the mission of the Conference, and funds are to be used for essential services provided by the local church and the missional needs of the communities served by local churches.  Health, safety, and protection issues may be considered.  The need for funds for ongoing ministries must be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Grants will not be awarded to cover the costs associated with clergy or lay staff salaries or benefits.

The Grants Committee has also extended the remaining 2020 grants application submission deadline to August 15.

To learn more about the Foundation’s Grant program and to download application packets, visit our website at www.umfwv.org/foundation-grants or call 304-342-2113.