The Youth Service Fund and Grants for Ministries with Young People are each available for ministries for, by, and with young people around the world. Grant applications are due each JUNE 1 for funding to begin the following year.
Racial Reconciliation grants are also available, and will be awarded to racial justice projects initiated and led by young, United Methodists seeking a church and world that is open, loving and caring for all people.
Finally, two awards are available for Camp and Retreat Ministries. The Solomon Cramer Fund and the Legacy of Leadership Award are both available, with a March deadline for application. These applications are paper-based, and links to download them are within the description of each fund below.
To apply for a YSF Grant or a Grant For Ministries With Young People:
1. Click the link below
2. You will be taken to Fluid Review, the system for application creation and acceptance. If you do not have a Fluid Review account, you will need to create one.
3. From there, select the grant that you wish to apply for and begin the application process
For further information or assistance, please contact the Grants Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Young people have vision and dreams for the world, and these dreams are realized in the way young people live out their ministries. But sometimes it is difficult to make these dreams a reality because funding for those visions and dreams is limited. Grants for Ministries with Young People funding are for creative, innovative approaches to ministries for, with, and by young people. The purpose of these grants is to fund dynamic, creative ministries with young people that can serve as model programs for other organizations throughout the connection (Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2004, ¶1002). More detailed information about Grants for Ministries with Young People is available by clicking this link.
The purpose of Young People’s Ministries is to empower young people as world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ, to nurture faith development, and to equip young leaders. This may be done by building a network of support and providing resources that connect the diverse experiences of youth and young adults in local ministries and communities across the globe. Youth Service Fund money is to be used to develop new projects that will become self-supporting, and these projects should be racially and ethnically inclusive whenever possible. Preference will be given to United Methodist projects within the connectional system. More detailed information about the Youth Service Fund is available by clicking this link.
There are two U.S. scholarships, the Richard S. Smith Scholarship and the David W. Self Scholarship, for United Methodist students entering their first year of undergraduate studies. These are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States. The Global Scholarship is for United Methodist students, ages 18-35, attending a university outside the United States. Applications for the Global Scholarship are available in English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and German.
To apply for the Richard S. Smith, David W. Self, or Global Scholarship:
1. Click the link below
2. You will be taken to ISTS, the system for application creation and acceptance. If you do not have an ISTS account, you will need to create one.
3. From there, select the scholarship that you wish to apply for and begin the application process
Scholarship applications are due MARCH 1.
This award is designated for racial/ethnic minority youth only. Additional requirements are that the applicant must be a United Methodist youth that has been active in his/her local church for at least one year prior to application, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, admitted to a full-time degree program in an accredited college/university, pursuing a “church-related” career, maintained at least a “C” average throughout high school, and be able to establish financial need.
Requirements are that the applicant must be a United Methodist youth that has been active in his/her local church for at least one year prior to application, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, admitted to a full-time degree program in an accredited college/university, pursuing a “church-related” career, maintained at least a “C” average throughout high school, and be able to establish financial need.
Young People’s Ministries created the YPM Global Scholarship Fund to financially assist United Methodist young people outside of the United States. This is a global need-based scholarship to help further education, and selection will be at the discretion of the Scholarship Review Committee. In order to award money fairly, there will be representatives from different countries serving on the committee. The amount awarded will vary based upon need and available funds. If selected, an award letter will be sent to the school and the student. The scholarship funds will be sent directly to the university and applied to the students’ academic expenses within the institution. The announcement will be posted on Young People’s Ministries webpage with other grants and scholarships. The deadline for submitting an application is March 1st.
Camp and Retreat Ministries Awards
The Solomon Cramer Fund is established to provide scholarships for youth to attend conference camp experiences. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2019. All approved grant projects must be completed by December 31, 2019.
The Legacy of Leadership Annual Fund is established by Discipleship Ministries in collaboration with the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministry Association (UMCRM).
The current goals of the grant portion of the Legacy of Leadership Fund are to:
- Provide training on a regional, national or denominational level geared specifically to prepare camp and retreat leaders for missionally effective leadership that creates a strong and vital future for camp and retreat ministries within the United Methodist Church
- Open new opportunities for participation and significant leadership by persons from communities currently underserved, including a wide variety of ethnic groups in the U.S. and emerging camp/retreat ministries in other nations.
- Develop and/or provide important resources needed and used broadly by camp retreat leaders within the denomination to establish best practices and implement adaptive change needed to focus and fulfill our Christian mission in ever-changing contexts.