Apply for a grant

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The next deadline for all Connexional grant applications is midday on 5 October 2018

Future dates:

  Application Closing date  CGC Meeting Date             
Autumn   5 October 2018 28 November 2018
Spring 4 March 2019 early June 2019




Do you have an exciting and innovative project in mind that will help to develop the mission of God in Britain. Are you in need of funding? Look no further! The Methodist Church may be able to help you. Through our engagement over the years many lives have been changed and communities developed. Through Mission and Ministry grants we are looking to support projects that have potential, beyond grant funding, to support personnel in local situations 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. Such grants will be innovative, breaking new ground, creating benefits for 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. 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 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 Britain. See other projects that have been funded here - What have we funded?

Grants are available for projects in Britain only. Grants are not available for research projects. The minimum grant request is £20,000 for all streams, except MAPJ.

Applications can be submitted at any time for feedback from the Grants Team and will be reviewed by the Connexional Grants Committee (CGC) after the next deadline (see above). Please take note of the stationing timetable when submitting grant applications for deacons and presbyter appointments.

The CGC may also each year, if there is sufficient budget remaining, accept smaller applications (up to £50,000) in June for a decision by mid-August. Any applicant wishing to apply in June should contact the Grants Team at the end of May to find out whether there are still grant funds remaining.

The CGC supports projects and programmes that have a Connexion-wide impact. Applications are welcome from Methodist (and non-Methodist) organisations, but must support the  Priorities of the Methodist Church and 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

Use the large buttons below for information about grant types and to apply. Complete a form and submit it by email, with a signed hard copy by post to the Grants Team (address below). Do submit the 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. We are currently trialling a new online application system, please get in touch if you would like to submit your application via this route.

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 via our FAQ page or from the Connexional Grants Team. 

The Connexional Grants Team
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road

0207 467 5178


When applying there are three areas to be considered: IMPACT, PROCESS and PLANNING. Evidence needs to be provided of how you will address each of these. This should substantiate why you think your project meets your chosen criteria.

Top Tips 


  • Ensure you have talked with your District Grants Officer.
  • Provide as much information about your situation and project as possible in the application form and appendices (these give you an opportunity to provide background and detailed information, please refer to them in your answers). Remember that the committee only have the information which is supplied to form an assessment. 
  • Don't ignore the questions you feel are not relevant or can't answer. 
  • Ask someone who has not been involved in the process to look over your completed application. They are more likely to see where there may be gaps in the information required and spot any misunderstandings of questions.
  • Ensure that the contact person is someone who will be readily available and quick to respond to any further information requested by the committee.

Grants Workshop Presentation


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