Foundation Awards Grants to 10 Programs, Ministries around the West Virginia Conference

By Kim Matthews

In its first round of grant awards for 2020, the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc. awarded grants totaling $54,350 to 10 programs and ministries around West Virginia Annual Conference.

The Grants Committee reviews applications and awards grants to help fund innovative programs that address acute needs in communities.

At its April meeting, the Foundation awarded the following grants:

  • Contemplative Retreats for Non-Profit Workers, a ministry of Avery United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church of Morgantown, $2,500 to help fund its first retreat. 
  • Duff Street United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, $1,250 to purchase an auto defibrillator for its new Sanctuary.
  • First United Methodist Church of Parkersburg, $4,000 for its Neighbor to Neighbor ministry.
  • First United Methodist Church of South Charleston, $3,500 to purchase stage equipment for Back Door, a new worship service.
  • Hope Recovery Manor of Parkersburg, $10,000 for operating costs of an addiction recovery house.
  • House of the Carpenter, $5,000 to purchase equipment for its new Youth Center.
  • Kenova United Methodist Church Youth Group, $500 for the printing of scripture stickers for its Blessing Box.
  • Mt. Juliet United Methodist Church in Belle, $2,600 to purchase a freezer and ice machine for its weekly community dinner and bi-weekly children’s program.
  • Hope in the Mountains, a mission ministry in southern West Virginia, $15,000 to help fund the purchase of a community center in Sophia.
  • United Methodist Temple in Clarksburg, $10,000 to replace windows in its Recovery House facility, a facility and program designed to combat addiction in Harrison County.

To download the grant application, or to learn more about The Foundation’s grant program, go to or call The Foundation office at 304-342-2113.

Kim Matthews is the Vice President of the United Methodist Foundation of W.Va., Inc.