Good Samaritan Foundation



“To inspire, equip, and empower sustainable ministries to support spiritual and physical needs.”


About the Good Samaritan Foundation

It is the goal and mission of the Good Samaritan Foundation (GSF) to make financial grants through its annual grants program to charitable and educational activities that "inspire, equip, and empower sustainable ministries to support spiritual and physical needs” in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. GSF is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity. GSF is also guided by the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church as articulated in the 2016 Book of Discipline.

To meet its goals and mission, annual GSF funding is divided into two pools:

Pool A: This pool of funding is open to all applicants whose grant project contributes to the mission of GSF and offers primary/preventive health care that serves low income and uninsured individuals in underserved areas of the Commonwealth. Any program, grant, organization, or ministry should reflect the values of The United Methodist Church. Additionally, preference will be given to those organizations that are affiliated with the UMC.

Pool B: This pool of funding is available only to ministries of the Kentucky Annual Conference and organizations that are directly connected to the Kentucky Annual Conference. More specifically, Pool B applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Contribute to the mission of GSF “To inspire, equip, and empower sustainable ministries to support spiritual and physical needs.”
  2. Contribute to the on-going and sustaining work of the Kentucky Annual Conference to discover, develop, and send passionate spiritual leaders and resources to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

For both Pool A and Pool B, GSF does not fund “bricks and mortar” projects, annual operating expenses or administrative and overhead costs (i.e. salaries, benefits, rent), or non-medical office equipment. GSF does not fund proposals from for-profit organizations, private individuals, partisan political entities, fraternal organizations, veterans’ organizations, or national organizations such as United Way. In addition, GSF does not fund proposals for fundraising activities (e.g. charitable tournaments, meal functions, team sponsorships, or ticket purchases) or proposals to create or support youth athletic activities. Currently, GSF funds proposals on a one year basis. Organizations are eligible for succeeding year grants, but follow-up grant(s) must reflect evolving objectives and scopes of work.

Once received, grant applications will be reviewed by the board of trustee grants review committee. In some rare cases, the committee may request additional information after the initial review. The full board of the GSF will make the final determination of the grant recipients and the amount of the successful grantee’s award. Successful recipients will be notified in writing prior to the beginning of the grant cycle. GSF will not consider incomplete or untimely grant applications.

If awarded a grant, the grantee must submit a mid-year report and a final reportFor an organization to be considered for any subsequent grants, both mid-year and final reports must be submitted by their due dates.  GSF will not consider applications from organizations that have failed to timely submit mid-year and final reports on prior awarded grants. GSF will delay the release of grant funds until a final report is received for prior year grant funds.

Current Opportunities

2020: The application window for 2020 grants is closed. For 2020 Award Recipients, Final Reports are due on January 31, 2021.

2021: The application window for 2021 grants will begin on September 1, 2020. Applications will be received through October 31, 2020. The 2021 Grant Year is:

2021 Grant Year

September 1, 2020

2021 Application Window Opens

October 31, 2020

2021 Application Window Closes

January 2021

2021 Grant Money Distributed

July 31, 2021

2021 Mid-year Report Due

December 31, 2021

2021 Grant Year Ends/Deadline to spend 2021 Grant funds

January 31, 2022

2021 Final Report Due


Application and Reports 

Completed grant applications and required attachments (see bottom of grant application) should be e-mailed to

Mid-Year and Final Reports along with required attachments are due by their posted due dates to

Incomplete grant applications or applications deviating significantly in style or format will not be considered for funding. 

If you have any questions regarding the Good Samaritan Foundation Grant Application, please contact the Kentucky Conference Treasurer's Office at or by calling 800-530-7236. 

Again, thank you for your interest in the Good Samaritan Foundation and its grant program.

Any correspondence may be directed to David Garvin at:

Good Samaritan Foundation
7400 Floydsburg Road
Crestwood, KY  40014

The Good Samaritan Foundation is a ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees under separate Articles of Incorporation and By-laws, filed with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.