A Clergy Tax Information Packet is now posted on the GCFA website. This information
will assist local church treasurers in completing clergy tax reporting and understanding
tax requirements for local churches. It will also be of interest to and should be
shared with the chair of the staff parish relations committee, the pastor, and staff.
Town and Country Grants for churches: The Town and Country Committee of the Detroit
Annual Conference has $500 grants available to churches receiving conference consultation
and redevelopment assistance. For more information contact the DAC Town and Country
The Emerging Ministries Grantprovides seed money for new ministries which will be
on going (as opposed to one-time) projects. An Emerging Ministries Project can receive
support for up to three years. Possible uses might include program and or material
resources, staff funding, administrative expenses. Maximum grant available per project
shall be $1500. This grant is funded through the Marquette District Conference. Download
a grant application.
Grants, Loans, Scholarships and Tax Information for Churches and Laity
Loans to churches
Creative Ministry Grantsprovide incentive to encourage new creative ministries of
outreach and program development which might otherwise not be possible because of
local budgetary consideration. This grant is funded by the Marquette District Conference.
Download a grant application.
Christian Education Grants are available from the Board of Christian Education of
the Detroit Annual Conference to help your church. The board has allocated funds
for each district. Churches who wish to apply for the funds should contact the co
chairs of the Board of Christian Education, Rev. Katy Pittenger or Rachel Benton.
In addition, the Conference Board of Christian Education is willing to provide a
Christian Education Consultant to any church no cost. The Consultant will come and
meet with church leadership and provide 2-4 hours of consulting at no cost to the
Development fund loans from the United Methodist Development Fund (UMDF) are available
to United Methodist churches and church-related institutions seeking financing to
construct new buildings or improve existing ones. The 40-year-old fund is a ministry
of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. The interest rate is 6.95% for
15-20 years. The minimum amount for a loan is $25,000 and the maximum amount is $3,500,000.
For loan information or applications, contact the Board of Global Ministries' Office
of Loan Administration at 212- 870-3865. Go to the fund’s website for information,
interest rates andstories from churches that have improved their facilities with
the help of UMDF loans.
Loans from District BOM: One of the functions of the Marquette District Board of
Missions and Church Extension is “to operate as a lending agency for the financing
of church property” (By-laws: article III, section 3). Presently the board has a
maximum loan request cap of $20,000. The board wants to be in ministry to all United
Methodist churches in the Marquette District and to help meet needs and emergencies.
Download a loan application.
Initiatives Promoting Reconciliation grants: The Detroit Conference Commission on
Christian Unity and Inter-religious Concerns (CUIC) announces the creation of a program
of mini-grants for local churches. These “Initiatives Promoting Reconciliation” grants
will provide grants of up to $500 to local UMC churches or group of churches in the
conference. The grants will help fund programs that address the need for recognition
of racism in the United Methodist Church and for repentance, reconciliation and renewal
in the UMC and in the communities in which United Methodists live. Contact the Conference
Office in Flint for an application, 800-334-0544.
United Methodist Merit Scholarships are for students that are planning on attending
Albion or Adrian Colleges, or another United Methodist related college. Students
must be a member of a United Methodist Church and have demonstrated academic excellence
and significant participation in the life of a local congregation. Contact Rev. Arthur
Stone for information: 810-346-2555 or 810-346-2010. Sponsored by the Detroit Annual
Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. Download a scholarship