Equitable Compensation Grants
Equitable Compensation Grants are available for churches and charges served by a full-time pastor that are experiencing financial hardship. There will be two rounds of Equitable Compensation Grants this year, each totaling $20,000. Churches may apply for only one grant per year. The deadline for the first round of applications is April 14, 2023. The second round of applications will be due September 30, 2023. The maximum award to a church/charge for first time recipients is $4,000.
Groat Rural Ministry Accessibility Grant
The Groat Grant program was very successful and all funds have been distributed. The program is closed at this time.
The initial bequest received in 2016 was $ 365,286.
The Board of Trustees established the criteria for the program and issued the first Groat Grant in October 2017 to Phillips UMC to extend their handicap ram to meet building code regulations. Since then a total of 69 grants have been awarded totaling $579,421. The fund was held at our Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation. The earnings and increase in market value allowed us to distribute $214,000 more than we originally received. Due to the success of the program and the receipt of a recent bequest, the Trustees are evaluating an extension of this program. They will next meet in July 2023 and we will let you know when the program will open up again.
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.