Groat Rural Ministry Accessibility Grant

The Wisconsin Conference Board of Trustees is administering a bequest from the Groat Family. Grants are available to rural churches who are undertaking a capital/physical building improvement that addresses accessibility. Up to $10,000 in matching funds is available and applications are accepted throughout the year. Grants are awarded in January, April, July and October.

Matching grants are also available to support technology projects that improve virtual accessibility for rural churches.  To apply, submit a written request that describes

  1.  The church/ministry and how it meets the definition of “rural”;  
  2.  The church/ministry plans to improve accessibility
  3.  The costs of proposed modifications (ie, invoices, bids, list of supplies with costs, etc.)
  4.  The amount of grant funds requested - max of  $10,000 lifetime per facility, or 50% of project costs as described in 3.  

Mail requests to: 

WI UM Conference Finance Office 
Attn: Trustees/Treasurer – Groat Grant
750 Windsor St., Suite 104
Sun Prairie, WI  53590

Accessibility Flyer

Email with questions.

Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation Grants

The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation exists to help United Methodist churches, ministries, boards and agencies with all things financial regarding their ministries. They hope to support your church or group in expanding your ministry. Click here to view their grant opportunities.

Ethnic In-Service Training (EIST) Grant

EIST grants are awarded in sums up to $10,000 and are given to programs designed to bolster recruitment, training and retention of ethnic persons for leadership positions at every level of the church and its ministry. Click here for more information.