Applying for a Connexional Grant

All types of applications for grants for up to and including £50,000 can be submitted at any time. The next deadline for applications for UK grants of more than £50,000 is midday on 5 October 2017.

There is a rolling programme for smaller grants (outside the two annual grant rounds), unless applications received exceed funds available, in which case the deadlines apply to all applications. 

Future dates:

  Application Closing date      CGC Meeting Date             
Spring             5 October 2017 28 November 2017
Autumn   2 March 2018  17 May 2018




Additional information on timescales for small grant applications, outside the main grant rounds:

  • December/early January for a decision by the end of February, i.e. before the 2 March grants deadline.
  • June for a decision by the middle of August.
  • Middle (preferably) to late August to 1 September for a decision by the end of September, i.e. before the 5 October grants deadline.

Do you have an exciting and innovative project in mind that will help to develop the mission of God in the UK? Are you in need of funding? 

Then look no further. The Methodist Church may be able to help you. Through the engagement of the Methodist Church over the years many lives have been changed and communities developed.

In 2000 the Methodist Church began focusing on Our Calling, reflections on Worship, Learning and Caring and Evangelism. It soon became apparent that more specific Priorities were needed that asked every local church to think about ways of making new disciples, of talking about faith and of reaching out to others in fresh ways of service and worship.

Through Connexional Mission and Ministry Grants we are looking to support projects that might have potential, beyond grant funding, to support personnel in local situations. Such grants would be innovative, breaking new ground, that would be of benefit to the wider connexion. The experience of, and learning from such projects will encourage and enable others to reflect on what might be possible in their situation.

Some recent examples include:

  • Working across two districts in Darlington and Newcastle - funding was given to support the growth of ministry amongst Chinese congregations in three towns. The impact of the project will be seen in the number of new Chinese Christians and new congregations being developed from students and families now living here. Also links with existing Methodist congregations will be strengthened.
  • Working in partnership in Southampton and beyond - Pioneer Connexion is a missional partnership between the Methodist Church and the Pioneer Network. Beginning in the Southampton circuit in 2010, the partnership is spreading across the UK, with many examples of creative thinking bringing new life and hope to churches and circuits. The 'Next Step' project seeks to build on this initial partnership by bringing these fresh expressions of church to fruition, and eventually to become recognised as fully-established churches within the wider Methodist family.
  • Working through story - Applecart is a storytelling company based in the East End of London that believes Gospel stories are potent and have the ability to challenge prejudice and injustice and bring people together.  The company tells Gospel stories in a refreshing and intelligent way, challenging you to 'change your thinking'. They have travelled throughout the UK.

The Connexional Grants Committee supports projects and programmes for mission and ministry in the UK that have a Connexion-wide impact. Applications are welcome from Methodist and non-Methodist organisations, but mustsupport the stated Priorities of the Methodist Church and of the document Our Calling as well as the reflections on One Mission, clearly showing the work of God and the mission of the church at work in the world today.

Our funding streams

Please follow the links below for more information about the types of grant that are available, application forms, and eligibility criteria.


Methodist Action on Poverty and Justice  (MAPJ)

Mission and Ministry including Heritage


Please complete the application form for the type of grant for which you are applying, and submit it by email, with a signed hard copy by post to the Connexional Grants Team (address below). With the exception of grants for property projects, which are submitted via the property consent website, all applications must be submitted both as electronic files and paper copies. We encourage you to submit an electronic copy first to speed up the assessment process, but in doing this you are asserting that you have a signed paper copy in your possession.

Get in touch

Remember that everyone in the Church wants your project to succeed. We advise you to contact your District Grants Officer prior to submitting your application. Further information on any aspects of the application process and forms can be obtained from the Connexional Grants Team. If we can't answer your question we may be able to put you in touch with someone who can.

The Connexional Grants Team
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road

0207 467 5178

Your District contacts can be found here.
A list of current District Grants Officers is available here.


Grants Workshop Presentation

Updated 11/7/2017

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