Grant and Fund Opportunities

The following is a list of grant and fund opportunities available from various departments and agencies of the Kentucky Annual Conference.

The money we collect for the 2021 Annual Conference Mission Offering will be utilized to fund grants (2021 Food Insecurities Grant) for Conference-connected ministries/agencies/churches that are starting or have food programs to alleviate food insecurity. 

The Refugee Fund will support communities that are emerging in cities like Lexington, Bowling Green, Louisville and other towns across the state. These “new Americans” in our communities are often escaping horrendous conditions and violence from their previous homes.

The Good Samaritan Foundation awards grants for health care and health education to not-for-profits in Kentucky. To read more about this grant opportunity, click here.

The Eastern Kentucky Ministries team awards grants to not-for-profits in Eastern Kentucky. To read more about this grant opportunity, click here.

The Trustees award grants from the Frank C. King Fund as a matching grant for capital improvements. This grant is limited to congregations with smaller worship attendance. To read more about this grant opportunity, click here. 

The Kentucky United Methodist Foundation.  As part of our stewardship ministry, the Foundation will gladly come to your church to provide assistance, such as:

  • Establishing a permanent endowment committee
  • Starting (or revitalizing) a planned giving program to encourage gifts to your endowment
  • Seminars on estate planning and charitable giving
  • Investment options for churches and agencies

The purpose of the Kentucky Young Clergy Initiative Youth Ministry Grant is to support youth (that’s you!) in a response to a ministry need in your local church and community. It is our hope that this opportunity will grow your faith and help you further discern God’s call upon your life. Thank you for using your gifts and passion to love God and serve others!

Methodist Education Fund (MEF) MEF funds is a grant from the Kentucky Annual Conference for certified candidates in seminary.

The Ramseyer Ministry Education Grant is a scholarship which is offered through the Kentucky Annual Conference and the Board of Ordained Ministry.

Josephine Rudy Smith Scholarship Fund - In 1948, Mrs. Smith’s son initiated the fund through a donation of $40,000, in her memory, for the purpose of assisting ministerial students with their seminary expenses.


Please note there may be other grant opportunities administered by other ministry teams that better fit your needs. For more information on these grants, please contact the ministry departments.