Our Grant Funding Mission:

To strengthen and expand the relevance of the United Methodist Church in Arkansas

by providing Financial Support for Innovative & Creative ministries.  


Grant funding comes from a steady flow of endowment resources to support Church ministries and is awarded by the MFA Grant's Committee. Endowment funds can be designated by donors for specific causes or left to the discretion of the Grant's Committee. The donor's original gift, or principal, in each endowment remains intact to assure perpetual support, and the annual income is used to underwrite  Methodist programs, projects, and activities.  

In 2019, MFA continued to make a dramatic impact on the United Methodist Church in Arkansas. Over $1.1 million in grants were made at the discretion of the Foundation’s board to high priority areas including leadership development, human welfare, clergy financial education, and Conference institutions.  Some of the year’s highlights are:

  • We have now provided 36 scholarships to Arkansas students attending a United Methodist seminary. There are nine more students currently attending seminaries as Foundation scholarship recipients.

  • The Foundation provided 54 scholarships at the value of $1,000 to students attending United Methodist colleges, universities, and seminaries through the United Methodist Church's Dollars for Scholars program.

  • A grant of $137,500 was awarded to the Arkansas Conference's Center for Calling and Christian Leadership for programs preparing youth discerning the call to Methodist ministry.

  • Lucie's Place in downtown Little Rock was awarded a grant of $75,000 for remodeling office space for therapy and resource areas for children and families.

  • A grant of $227,000 was awarded to Methodist Family Health in support of its new chapel and client services building. 

Read our Guiding Principles of Grant Funding 


MFA grants awarded include:

Methodist Family Health- Camp Scholarships

Ozark Mission Project

Philander Smith College- Panther Village

Arkansas Annual Conference Leadership Training at Church of the Resurrection

Lydia Patterson Institute Challenge Grant

Youth work Certification at Perkins School of Theology

Arkansas Annual Conference Growing Disciples Summit

RevItUp (Clergy Financial Training through Wespath)

Arkansas Annual Conference- Mission U

Hendrix College Welcome Center

Philander Smith College Campus Center

Jurisdictional Spiritual Renewal Retreat

Arkansas Annual Conference Administrative Assistant Training

Methodist Family Health kids to Camp Tanako


For more information about our Grants program, contact Mackey Yokem at 501.664.8632 or myokem@methodistfoundationar.org.