Grant Writing

Grant Writing and Grant Opportunities

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Our campus ministries have four common sources of funding: BHECM campus minister salary grants, financial support from district churches and church groups, donations from friends and alumni and fund raisers.  However, as we move from a traditional to a missional approach to campus ministry, additional funding sources may be needed. The purpose of this web page is to to develop grant writing expertise and to provide links to grant opportunities that are available through the Virginia Annual Conference, the United Methodist Church and beyond.

Grant Writing

A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing by Jeremy Minter and Lynn Minter. This 26 page guide contains suggestions on how you can plan and write successful grant proposals.  (Link)  Here is a  copy of supporting PowerPoint slides (Link)

Grant Writing: Nuts and Bolts – A presentation by Dr. Joseph Holland, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi, for the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Professional Development Seminar is at this (Link).  There is also a supporting book written by Cynthia Carr “The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing.”  The author  shares her best practices for planning, writing, and winning research grants based on her own experience submitting more than 300 grant proposals and securing millions of dollars in awards.  The book is insightful, innovative, and informative.

GSA Developing and Writing Grant Proposals: This web site is associated with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and has a comprehensive set of links that provide guidance on developing grant proposals (Part I) and writing the grant proposal (Part II). While this pertains to Federal Grants, the general philosophy and guidelines pertain to grants in general. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/trade/howtodogrants.htm#Developing%20And%20Writing%20Grant%20Proposals

HRSA Tips for Writing and Submitting Good Grant Proposals: This is a link to a set of PowerPoint slides (32) that cover the basics. Consider reviewing these slides as a “checklist” for a proposal. http://www.lpca.net/main/uploads/File/HRSAstipsforgoodgrantapplications.pdf

NC State (School of Engineering) Grant Writing Workshop: This is a link to a set of Power Point Slides (56) that cover some of the basics and discusses government, foundation and corporate grants. http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/ora/preaward/documents/GrantWritingMadeEasy.pdf

Grant Writing Resources

The Foundation Center  (http://foundationcenter.org/)
The Foundation Center is a robust source of information on philanthropy, foundations, and grants. You can find training in grant writing here, information on how foundations work, and information on local foundation libraries.

Foundation Directory Online  (http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/) The Foundation Directory is an excellent resource for searching foundation grant opportunities. The Foundation Directory now offers free 990 searches. For more information on 990s, see The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing!

Guidestar  (http://www.guidestar.org/Home.aspx)
Guidestar is a robust source of information on nonprofits, which include foundations. Search here to find similar organizations to yours, or to look for potential partners.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation  (http://www.wkkf.org/)
The Kellogg Foundation features a useful guide on logic models called the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide. Search “logic model” from the main website.

Grant Opportunities

Virginia Annual Conference Grant Opportunities. http://vaumc.org/CommonTableGrants For these types of grants, campus ministries would partner with a local church and other groups to provide the necessary structure. There are:

  • Special Program Grants are designed for programs outside of normal conference and local church funding processes. They are intended to provide funding for the first three years of innovative programs of tangible and caring outreach that is beyond a local church’s current financial resources.
  • Sustaining Program Grants designed for programs outside of normal conference and local church funding processes. They are intended to provide funding for the sustaining of innovative programs of tangible and caring outreach that is beyond a local church’s current financial resources. They are for churches of all ethnic groups and should help the church requesting the funding to relate to the ethnic groups within its community.
  • Ministry Accelerator Pilot – The Grants Subcommittee of the Common Table is piloting a new process, also called a “ministry accelerator” alongside our existing process that grants funds AND provides mentoring support to help implement their innovative ideas that address mission needs in their communities. The “ministry accelerator” pilot will give grants recipients, who choose to participate in the pilot, support in finance/budgeting, volunteer recruitment/retention, long-range planning, and other areas that contribute to the impact and sustainability of a ministry in addition to their grant award. A presentation by Rev. Chris Bennett on the pilot program is  attached.
  • Peace With Justice Grant is designed to assist churches in the   “ministry of  peace, justice, and hope to overcome poverty and disease, environmental degradation, and the proliferation of weapons and violence” Application can be found at: http://vaumc.org/page.aspx?pid=4606

 UMC grants for ministries with young people: The funding opportunities 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. The project or program must be driven in design and implemented by young people (ages 12-30) within and outside the church. The project must have a strong biblical/theological foundation. The project/program must reflect a diversity of racial, gender, and class differences both in its leadership and in its desired impact within the Church and community https://umcyoungpeople.org/ypm/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/YPM_GrantsMinistriesYP_ENG-US.pdf

The Foundation for Evangelism ( FFE) announced a new pilot grant program designed to impact ministry on college campuses in the United States  Making Disciples on the College Campus…a ministry impacting young people grant provides funding for innovative campus-focused ministry that engages, forms and grows disciples of Jesus Christ on the college campus. http://foundationforevangelism.org/grants/making-disciples-on-the-college-campus-a-ministry-impacting-young-people-grant/

General Board of Church and Society UMC Church Grants: (Link)   this web page lists 29 different grants that are available in the following categories:

  • General Commission on Archives & History: There are eight scholarship related grants for students.
  • General Board on Higher Education & Ministry: Links are provided for United Methodist Loan & Scholarship Opportunities
  • General Board of Discipleship: There are eight grants in this category that apply to both students and campus ministries
  • General Board of Global Ministries: There are several grants in this category that apply to undergraduate students.
  • United Methodist Communications: There are three grants in this category for individual students.

Lilly Endowment: (Link) In keeping with the wishes of the three founders, Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. The Endowment affords special emphasis to projects that benefit young people and promote leadership education and financial self-sufficiency in the nonprofit, charitable sector. See examples from 2015 at: http://www.lillyendowment.org/pdf/CAMPUSMINISTRY15.pdf