Grant Process Now Open for Funding in 2022 | UMC YoungPeople
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January 2021

Grant Process Now Open for Funding in 2022

By Chris Wilterdink

2022 may seem far off, but because you are an amazing ministry leader, you’ve already started building toward ministry opportunities that need funding next year.

We are excited to announce that both the “Global Youth Service Fund” and “Grants for Ministries with Young People” applications are now open. Click here to get started!

We love seeing creativity and intentionality with young people in meeting the needs of the community. If you are a young person, or if you are in ministry with young people and believe you have projects that make a difference in the lives and communities of young people, start getting your thoughts organized and consider applying for funds.

There are some changes to the applications, which the application website covers in great detail. With that being said, here are a few of the major changes:

  • There is now a two-stage application process. Our goal is to make the initial application simple to save applicants time and energy.
  • Stage 1 is basic and should take about thirty minutes to complete. It asks for the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of the proposed project, as well as goals, how you’ll measure success, and a basic budget. Stage 1 applications are due by April 15, 2021.
  • Stage 2 is by invitation only. Applicants will know if they are invited to Stage 2 by May 14, 2021. Stage 2 includes detailed descriptions of the project, plus recommendation letters, supporting documents, and a detailed budget.
  • Applications must now be submitted in English to be considered. Applicants can rely on local translators or online translators to accomplish this. Our review team will review fairly what is submitted; it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide an accurate English-language version of all materials.
Chris serves as Director of Young People’s Ministries for Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Chris has a BA in English Education, and an MS in Project Management, and over 15 years of local-church youth ministry experience. He is passionate about leadership and faith development in young people and helping ministry leaders understand their value in the lives of young people. A Stephen Minister, Chris is a native of Colorado living in Franklin, TN with his wife Emily, 2 children, and sausage-shaped beagle.