Urban Transitional Community Grant

This grant provides support for establishing new urban faith communities and for helping urban churches in transitional communities. Any United Methodist church in Indiana that is ministering to an urban population of at least 50,000 people is eligible to apply.  

Urban Transitional Community Grants apply to Indiana United Methodist congregations that seek to: 

  • support the establishment of a new faith community in an urban transitional community 
  • extend the reach of an established faith community into an urban transitional community, AND
  • expand an urban ministry to reach a new population or location.  

The maximum amount for this grant is $25,000. The conference’s Church Development Committee recommends action on this grant, with final approval by the Indiana Conference Cabinet. The decision is based on the information provided in the application, as well as the overall development needs of the conference and district. Each church can receive only one of these grants for each project. Payout of the grant may take place over more than one year, if approved by the Church Development Committee and the Indiana Conference Cabinet. 

Before applying for this grant, you will need to complete the Grant Readiness Assessment and participate in training for lay and clergy leadership related to establishing a faith community in a transitional community. This grant also requires a church planting coach, who may be paid from the grant monies. That training must be recommended and approved by the Director of Church Development. If you have questions about whether your project qualifies for this grant, please contact the Church Development staff person assigned to your district. 

*First Name
*Last Name
*Church Name
*Church Mailing Address
*Zip code
*Church Phone Number
*Church Email
*Grant Amount Requested

What is the amount of your grant request? Remember, the maximum amount for this grant is $25,000, however, at its discretion, the Cabinet may approve additional funding when available. Each church can receive only one of these grants for each project. The grant approval lasts for only one year and is non-renewable; however, the payout may be extended beyond one year, at the discretion of the Cabinet. 

Indicate the projected start date of the grant payments and specify whether you expect to receive grant payments in 12 equal monthly installments or according to some other payment schedule. Upon grant approval, Church Development staff will work with you to arrange an appropriate payment schedule. Payments may be stopped if project leaders do not submit monthly reports, consistently miss benchmarks, or otherwise fail to meet the expectations set forth in the grant application and approval.    

*Project Description

Please describe the ministry project. This project should be designed to reach a new people group, promote social justice for underserved populations, and work toward inclusiveness and racial equality. 

*Has this project already launched?
*Project Vision

Please provide a short history of the project's origin and the discernment process that led to its creation. Describe the rationale behind why this project and why now. 

*People Group(s)

Please indicate what new population group(s) you anticipate reaching with this ministry. 

*Project Strategy or Planting Model

Please describe the planting model (e.g., will it be a 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.). 

*Supporting Documentation

Please upload documentation (such as demographic support, survey results, community needs assessment, etc.) to substantiate the need for the project. 

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*Disciple-Making Process

Please provide information about how this project will help people move from unbelief to being active disciples of Jesus Christ who disciple others. How will project leaders and participants engage with the community, connect people to the ministry, and share their faith in Christ with the desired people group to be reached?  

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*Project Timeline and Anticipated Benchmarks

Please describe the anticipated timeline for key steps in the project's implementation, such as recruiting a launch team, beginning community outreach, etc. Also, upload information about projected benchmarks for the grant period. Include anticipated participation numbers (e.g., how many invested adults, how much giving, how many groups, how many ministry teams, how many people you expect to attend preview services, etc.) for each quarter of the grant year. Upon approval of the grant, Church Development will finalize benchmarks with you, your coach, and your steering team stakeholders. These benchmarks will enable the Church Development staff and committee, along with your District Superintendent, to monitor progress toward the project's goals during the grant year. Be as specific and detailed as possible at this stage of the project's development.

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*Project Budget

Please provide the following information: 

  • a detailed annual budget for the project, including how the requested grant amount will be used (e.g., for salary, project implementation, paying your coach, etc.)
  • the percentage of your church's budget allocated to support the project 
  • other sources of income and in-kind support for the project (e.g., church budget, district funds, project fund-raising, other grants, etc.)
  • an explanation of how the project will be funded once church development grant support ends.
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Please include below the expected dollar amounts of funding the project will receive from the following sources. Indicate $0 if you don't anticipate receiving funding from those sources. 

*District Funds
*Other Partner Churches
*Other Grants (e.g., Metro Ministries, Center for Congregations, etc.)
*Other Partner Organizations
*Individual Donors
*Other Sources (please specify)
*Racial Equality Action Plan (REAP)

A Racial Equality Action Plan outlines how a congregation will live out God’s and the Indiana Conference's vision of an inclusive church. A church's Racial Equality Action Plan should include the following: 

  • a description of the church's vision for practicing inclusiveness and promoting racial equality,
  • a description of its present reality and where the gaps between its vision and reality are,
  • and a plan, including measurable goals, that describes how the church will close this gap over the next five years.

Please upload your congregation's Racial Equality Action Plan for review with this application. 

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*Project Leader (if known)

Please provide the name of the main project leader and other team members, if known. Describe the process of selecting the leader and upload information about the qualifications, experience, training, and any assessments for church multiplication that apply. Describe key areas of responsibility that other team members will lead. If the leader and team are not yet known, please describe what you desire in a project leader, so that Church Development can assist you in assessing and selecting a project leader.  

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*Project Leader's Time

Please indicate the expected hours that the Project Leader will spend on this project per week. 

Full-time (40+ hours)
Part-time (25-40 hours)
Part-time (under 25 hours)
*Project Leader's Credentials with Indiana Conference

Please provide Project Leader's status. If the choices below do not apply, please describe why in the Project Leader field above. 

Ordained clergy (elder or deacon)
Ordained clergy candidate
Licensed Local Pastor
Licensed Local Pastor candidate
Certified Lay Minister candidate
None of the above
*Approval from District Superintendent

Please upload an endorsement of this grant application, signed by your District Superintendent. Church Development staff will share a copy of this application with your DS and all Church Development committee members as part of the grant approval process. 

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When you have completed all of the above fields, please use the "Submit Form" button below to finalize the grant and submit it for review. 

Grant Approval Conditions

All grant payments are contingent upon ongoing submission of monthly progress reports to Church Development throughout the grant year. To ensure project accountability the following will occur within three months of grant approval:

  • selection of a Project Leader with verified Indiana Conference credentials or proof that the person is in the credentialing process   
  • stakeholders' meeting to finalize project benchmarks  

By submission of this form the applicant agrees to the above terms and verifies that the application contains accurate information.

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