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. 

General UMFA Grant Policies
  1. UMFA's priority is to fund activities at the conference level that have the capacity of enriching many or all local churches.  Thus, we rarely fund requests from individual local churches.

  2. UMFA does not wish to become the perpetual funder for any ongoing program or ministry.

  3. UMFA targets its resources at United Methodist programs and ministries located almost exclusively within the bounds of the Arkansas Annual Conference.

  4. UMFA is targeted and strategic in its grant-making, preferring to make fewer substantial commitments, rather than diluting our impact by spreading our resources thinly over many small requests.

  5. UMFA communicates with the Annual Conference leadership to better understand the Conference's needs and opportunities. 

View the Grant Application & Submission Guidelines
Other MFA grants 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.