Grant Forms

Grants Available From the U.M. Foundation of Indiana

The Foundation administers more than 100 different funds annually. Many of these funds directly benefit a church or ministry. Some are distributed by other boards or agencies of the Conference. The Foundation Grants Team is responsible for selecting the beneficiaries of funds which relate to clergy emergency relief, emergency care for retired pastors and spouses, missions, evangelism, leadership development, facility improvements, handicap accessibility and a variety of additional ministry areas.

The Foundation has implemented a process where grants will be assessed and distributed semiannually. The deadlines for grant applications are April 1 and October 1 each year. Final decisions on an application will be completed within one month after the deadline.

The Grants Team will review any grant application made, but preference is generally given to churches funding new ministries or with critical safety or security issues. Grant requests for operating funds are typically not funded. Higher consideration is given to applicants demonstrating a strong financial commitment to the project, usually no more than 50% of a project will be funded by a grant. The maximum grant is $15,000 but most grants are less than $5,000.

Our Grant Application Form can be used to apply for any type of grant (such as a new ministry, outreach or improved handicap accessibility). There is a separate Mission Trip application. One form should be completed for each person requesting a Mission Trip scholarship. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Foundation office.

Scholarship Forms

Mission Trip Scholarships

  • Application deadlines are April 1 and October 1.
  • Each mission trip participant requesting a scholarship must complete a separate mission trip scholarship application.

MEF Awards

Ministerial Education Fund (MEF) Awards are made on behalf of the Indiana Annual Conference by the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana. These funds are distributed from the Ministerial Education Fund apportionments returned to the Conference from the General Church. Each year The Annual Conference of Indiana provides a formula which is based on the number of credit hours taken and years of potential service.


Eligibility for Undergraduate and Seminary Scholarships

Seminary Scholarships:
  • Applicant must be a certified candidate in the Indiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
  • Applicant must be enrolled and attending a school of theology approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.
  • Applicant must be seeking ordination as a Deacon or Elder.
  • Applicants must have the recommendation of their district committee on ordained ministry and District Superintendent.
  • Other requirements may apply based on the specific scholarship fund.
Undergraduate Scholarships:
  • Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  • Applicant must be an active member or constituent of a United Methodist Church in Indiana.
  • Other requirements may apply based on the specific scholarship fund.

Application and Award Process

  • Application deadlines for Undergraduate and Seminary scholarships are June 1.
  • The student must complete an application, secure the needed recommendations and send the application to The United Methodist Foundation of Indiana.
  • Seminary scholarships and MEF awards are based upon Certified Candidacy, financial need and the availability of funds. The candidate must maintain a 3.0 equivalent or above GPA (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • Distribution of scholarships and MEF Awards will occur in August and January of the academic year with 1/2 of the granted scholarship distributed the first semester and 1/2 the second semester.
  • Students seeking ordination may apply for MEF Awards for up to 5 years.


Annual Reports

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This is a general scholarship fund for seminary students.

The clergy emergency fund will aid active clergy with financial emergencies.

This scholarship is intended to provide seminary support for second career clergywomen.


Support for college and graduate school young leaders.

Summer camp scholarships for senior high youth attending Epworth Forest.

Order Brochures for Church Services

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Do you want to begin or renew planned giving ministry in your church? This information will help you get started.

Stewardship Mentoring provides a process for your congregation to evaluate and grow in your ministry of stewardship.

The Investment Service Fund offered through the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana, Inc. provides investment pooling services designed to help conference churches and agencies maximize the investment potential while minimizing their potential risk.


Order Brochures for Personal Services

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Basic information on establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity to support a ministry and provide you with a lifetime of payments.

There are several ways to use life insurance as a substantial lifetime gift. We can help you choose the appropriate one to support your needs.

Basic information to help you create a Charitable Trust to support a ministry of your church or other United Methodist ministry.


This brochure provides steps in creating your will.

When is the right time to give a gift of stock? How do I make the gift?

This brochure provides basic information on estate planning.  Staff is available to lead a workshop at your church.


Donor Advised Funds are the fastest growing form of charitable contribution in the USA due to their flexibility and tax benefits.

Charitable contributions of required minimum distributions from an IRA can provide significant tax and other benefits.