Capitol Area Community Ministries


2020 Grant Program Announcement

Beginning in 2019, grants are now funded through the UMCM Endowment instead of through apportionments at the local church level.

Leadership from Community Ministries and both Districts have met to vision about how we encourage our churches to take faith-filled steps to live into their missional identity. UMCM has three areas of focus for eligibility for ministry grants – transforming communities, discipleship pathways, and sustainability.  For churches who demonstrate their understanding of these focus points, UMCM may provide grant funding to support these missional endeavors.

For the 2020 grant year, we will fund Local Outreach Grants ($5000 maximum) and Microgrants ($1000 maximum).  Total grant funding is capped at $5000 per church/mission project, per year.  Local Outreach Grants support ongoing ministries and Microgrants support special outreach events, seed money, and one-time ministry needs. Local Outreach Grant applications were due in October for the 2020 year, however sometimes additional grant funds are made availble.  Contact Rev. Karen Cook to inquire, kcook [at]

In addition, with our funding strategy changes moving forward, UMCM has also designated new funding for bold, innovative ministry ideas in the local church. If your field of mission opportunity is beyond the scope or time frame a Local Outreach Grant, please contact Karen Cook, UMCM Director. UMCM is willing to work alongside churches to support ministries that seek to transform communities and make new disciples.

Across West Ohio, churches are being encouraged to not just rethink church, but redo church. New ministries are being lifted up all over our conference through new church starts, Fresh Expressions, and other innovations. If your church would like to be involved in new dreams for kingdom building, we invite you to be a part of the work Community Ministries is doing throughout our Districts.

Grace and Peace,

The Local Outreach Committee



We still have funding available for “Micro Grants”, it’s a simple one-page application that can be used as startup money for a new ministry or emergency funding for existing ministries. For more information, visit


The mission of United Methodist Community Ministries is to assist congregations in doing ministry with and in the community where God has called them. We serve nine counties of central Ohio, including Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Pickaway, and Union county.

Our goal is that every congregation becomes involved in life-changing, risk-taking service for the transformation of the world, starting with our own local communities. To that end we offer training, hand-on opportunities, and Local Outreach Grants and Partnership facilitation.



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