Reynolds Ministry Grants - Application Available


The United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina is now accepting Reynolds Ministry Fund grant applications online. All applications are due by noon on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Please carefully review the application guidelines before completing an application. Questions can be directed to Caroline Cox, Director of Reynolds Ministries and Programs at the United Methodist Foundation. Email:  Phone: 888-450-1956

What can your ministry do to make disciples for Jesus Christ? What can your church, your district, our conference do that will make disciples for Jesus Christ? The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund of the United Methodist Foundation seeks to support innovative, engaging, ambitious initiatives that will invite new believers into a relationship with Christ. The ministry grants reach far and wide. They are diverse in method and approach. What grant recipients have in common is the vision of helping the Church to reach out in new ways and engage new people with the message of the Gospel. Grants have been made for Disciple Bible Study in prison, community Bible Studies, radio spots, movie nights for neighboring schools, expansion of church presence on the web and many more.

The office of the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina was blessed to receive 71 grant applications in 2018 which totaled over $1.7 million in requested funds. These figures far surpassed those of previous years. The United Methodist Foundation celebrated this as a sign of the abundance of wonderful and innovative ministry taking place around our Conference and beyond! In 2018, the Reynolds Ministry Fund was able to distribute approximately $418,000 in grant awards. We hope to see new and even more innovative applications submitted in 2019.

All award decisions are made by a team of dedicated volunteers. The team will review and prayerfully consider all applications. The team will meet in March 2019 to make the difficult award decisions regarding which applications best match the intentions and parameters of the Reynolds Ministry Fund.

How to Apply:
1. Apply before Noon (EST) on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at
2. You must clearly articulate how your program/initiative aims to make disciples of Jesus Christ
3. You must submit a budget proposal indicating how all monies awarded will be used (monies must be used during calendar year 2019)

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