Our Grant Funding Mission: To strengthen and expand the relevance of the 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 2021, MFA continued to make a dramatic impact on the Methodist Church in Arkansas. Over $1.6 million in grants were made at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors to high-priority areas including leadership development, human welfare, clergy financial education, and Conference institutions.
The Bishops’ Club & Grants
Our ministry thrives in partnerships! We are proud of our partnerships with local churches and with Methodist institutions. The Foundation’s Bishops’ Club is our greatest partner. This group of friends invests in our work and shares our story with others. Members of the Bishops’ Club have always helped us accomplish our mission of strengthening Methodist ministries in Arkansas.
In the past, Bishops’ Club funds supported the Foundation’s daily operations. Today, the funds still help us accomplish our mission, but in a more direct way. Since 2021, 100% of the money raised goes directly to our thriving grants program.
Guiding Principles for Granting Funds
The Grant Committee of The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas refers to the following principles in our consideration of requests for funds.
- The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas funds programs and ministries which address our priorities. Priority is given to projects in Arkansas.
- The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas prefers to make substantial commitments to ministries with potential for wide-spread impact. Consequently, priority will be given to grants which encourage collaborative efforts of multiple partners.
- The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas has no desire to become the perpetual funder of any ongoing program, organization or ministry. Applicants will be asked to describe strategies for funding support in the future.
- The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas seeks to fund activities that have the capacity of enriching multiple congregations and communities. Consequently, replicable programs will receive priority consideration. Requests from individuals and local congregations will receive secondary consideration.
- The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas conscientiously communicates with the leadership of the Arkansas Annual Conference to better understand and respond to the Conference’s needs and strategies.
MFA Grants Awarded in 2021 Include:
Grants for Website
Advancing Pastoral Leadership
Five Day Spiritual Life Academy
ARUMC -All the Reasons
ARUMC - District Administrator's Retreat
ARUMC- Youth Ministry Certification
ARUMC-Culture of Call
Caring Congregations LLC
Christian Ministerial Alliance
- Hunter UMC
- Trinity UMC
- Green Forest
- Eureka Springs
Arkansas Imagination Library
Infant Care Ministries - HVUMC
Methodist Family Health
Understanding Grants By Category
Events and continuing education opportunities that provide congregational members with new and innovative approaches to leadership in a local congregation.
Events and continuing education opportunities that provide clergy members with new and innovative approaches to leadership in a local congregation. Beginning at the conclusion of formal training and providing for lifelong learning.
A three-year commitment to approved students attending a United Methodist Seminary (13). Recipients agree to return to Arkansas and serve under appointment by the Bishop two years for every year receiving the Scholarship. Our goal is to have 9 Seminarians enrolled each year. We will achieve that goal this fall.
Assisting institutions with buildings, operational costs, or equipment.
Assisting church-related and/or nonprofit organizations that relate directly to the lives of neighbors and congregants.
Priorities for Granting Funds
Clergy and Laity Education
Ministries and organizations that improve the knowledge base and leadership skills of pastors and congregational leaders
Ministries and organizations that assist clergy and clergy families lead a healthier and more productive lifestyle
Ministries and organizations that offer health and medical services to local communities
Ministries and organizations that strive to create harmony among different groups of people with opposing beliefs and opinions in such areas as Inclusiveness, Race Relations, Theological and Gender.
Enable Education and Employment
Ministries and organizations that support and provide educational services for our children and youth, affordable childcare, Rehabilitation, Child Safety in a violent society and Re-Entry Programs
Environmental Awareness and Energy Education
Ministries and organizations that seek to bring awareness of issues affecting the environment and ways to educate the public on the critical challenges in the future
Evangelism and Discipleship
Ministries and organizations that extend the Gospel of Jesus Christ in local communities
Ministries and organizations that provide a source of healthy food and food education to local communities
Ministries and organizations that create healthy living arrangements among fellow citizens and address the reversal of such conditions that cause the lack of quality housing
Ministries and organizations that attempt to reverse poverty in local communities and eradicate the root causes of poverty
The Grant Committee of The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas refers to the above principles in their discussions and in the process for awarding grants, however, these statements appear here in no particular order of priority or preference. In addition, The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas Grant Committee prefers to partner with ministries and organizations that reach targeted populations, that present new and innovative ministries as well as non-traditional ministries.