Grant Readiness Assessment

This form will help Church Development to assess the readiness of congregations applying for grants. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the criteria and collect information to upload to this form. All fields are required. Please contact the Church Development staff person for your district with any questions.

After reviewing this information, a Church Development staff person will contact you to help your church take the next step in this process.

*First Name
*Last Name
*Church Name
*Church Mailing Address
*Zip code
*Church Phone Number
*Church Email
*Project Description

Please describe the ministry project. 

*Has this project already launched?
*Project Strategy or Planting Model

Please describe the planting model (e.g., will it be a second site, church-within-a-church, a ministry of the congregation, etc.?) and how your church will support the project and relate to the project leaders. Indicate if there are other partners (United Methodist or ecumenical) and the nature of those connections (e.g., funding partners, people to help serve, etc.). 

*Financial Information of Sponsoring Church

Please provide the following information: 

  • meeting minutes indicating church board/council's support for and financial commitment to the project that would receive the grant
  • balance sheets and year-end statements from last year that confirm the church's financial stability on the following factors: expenses did not exceed income; annual mortgage payment is less than 20% of total budget; total staff costs are less than 60% of annual budget. 
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*Constituency Information of Sponsoring Church

Please upload weekly average worship attendance information for the past two years, and year-to-date through the date of this readiness application. Provide additional information that describes your church's overall constituency and gives examples of the congregation's vibrancy and fruitful ministry.   

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*Professions of Faith of Sponsoring Church

Please upload a list of the church's Professions of Faith in the past two years. Include the names of all baptized persons and the date of each baptism, indicating which were infant, youth, and adult baptisms.  

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*Conference and District Tithe

What amounts (actual dollar amounts, not percentages) did you pay in District and Conference tithes in the past two years? Please provide the figures separately for District and Conference tithing.  

*District Superintendent Acknowledgement

Please upload official acknowledgment from your District Superintendent of his/her awareness of your interest in applying for a grant from Church Development. 

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