2019 Grant Info Sesion
Grants Available and How to Apply
2020 Ministry Grants Program

Metro Ministries' mission is to work in conjunction with the Central District , its member congregations, lay and clergy leaders -- connecting resources to ministries and ministries to resources for the cause of Christ. 

Metro Ministries' vision is connecting, resourcing, partnering, and supporting United Methodist congregations in realizing their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and United Methodist related community ministries in realizing their mission of caring for all through risk-taking mission and leadership development programs.

In addition to being in line with the mission and vision of Metro Ministries, activities funded by Metro’s Ministry Grants Program must be intentionally focused on at least one of the following areas:

  • Leadership Development – youth and/or adult training which provides motivation and hands-on opportunities to becoming passionate, educated, and well-informed Christian leaders with the practice of service.  These trainings should include outward-focused church and community ministries, beyond perpetuating the supporting institution.
  • Risk-taking Mission & Service – projects, efforts, and work that is being accomplished with the goal of making a positive difference in the lives of others for the purposes of Christ, regardless of whether those served will ever be a part of the community of faith.
  • Engaging in Ministry with the Under-resourced–ministries which engage with the under-resourced and marginalized - meeting individuals where they are; listening to them; understanding their needs, strengths, and goals; and working with them to achieve their goals. Initiatives may address the causes of poverty in order to respond in ways that lift up individuals and communities.

Grant Criteria

  • Project or program must meet one or more of the focus areas detailed above:
  • Plan for self-sustainability for the project or program
    • Metro Ministries, Inc. grants are intended to provide seed money for community-based ministries in one or more of the areas of focus.
    • Metro Ministries, Inc. will consider continued funding of a project or program up to a maximum of 3 years, with grantee re-applying each year where funds are to be requested.
    • Metro Ministries, Inc. MAY CONSIDER extensions of or additions to existing programs to be new requests as it pertains to the 3-year maximum.
  • Must include a demonstrable funding model, as Metro Ministries generally does not provide 100% funding.
  • Project or program must serve individuals and/or communities within the Central District (Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties).
  • While preference will be given to faith-based organizations, any qualifying organization will be considered.
  • Metro grants are intended for programming expenses not direct salary expenses.


2020 Ministry Grants Request for Proposals

2020 Ministry Grants Program Schedule

October 15, 2019: Schedule and Criteria Announced

October 29 & November 8, 2019: Grant Workshop Session Offerings (Attendance at one is Mandatory)

January 6, 2020: Draft Submissions Due

January 10, 2020: Mentors Assigned

January - February 2020: Mentor Reviews and Q&A

March 1, 2020: Final Submission Due

March 2020: Submission Evaluations by Grants Team

April 2020: Board Approves Recipients

April 30, 2020: Recipients Announced, Checks Mailed


2019 Grant Info Sesion
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