Good Samaritan Ministries

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


About the Good Samaritan Ministries

The goal and mission of Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM) is to make financial grants through an 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. GSM is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity. GSM 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 GSM grant 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 GSM by offering primary/preventive health care that serves low income and uninsured individuals in underserved areas of the Commonwealth. Any program, grant, organization, church, or ministry should reflect the values of The United Methodist Church. Additionally, preference will be given to those organizations 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 GSM “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.

Grant awards for either pool will not exceed $50,000. For both Pool A and Pool B, GSM does not fund “bricks and mortar” projects, annual operating expenses, administrative and overhead costs (i.e. salaries, benefits, rent), or non-medical office equipment. GSM 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, GSM 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. GSM 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 GSM team and recommendations made to the Kentucky Conference board of trustees. In some rare cases, the team may request additional information after the initial review. Successful recipients will be notified in writing prior to the beginning of the grant cycle. GSM 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. GSM will not consider applications from organizations that have failed to timely submit mid-year and final reports on prior awarded grants. GSM will delay the release of grant funds until a final report is received for prior year grant funds.

Current Opportunities

2022: The application window for 2022 grants is CLOSED. See below for information regarding 2022 Mid-Year and Final Report requirements and due dates.

2023: The application window for 2023 grants opens on September 1, 2022. Applications will be received through October 31, 2022. Application materials are available below. The 2023 Grant Year is:

2022 Grant Year

September 1, 2022

2023 Application Window Opens

October 31, 2022

2023 Application Window Closes

January 2023

2023 Grant Money Distributed

July 31, 2023

2023 Mid-year Report Due

December 31, 2023

2023 Grant Year Ends/Deadline to spend 2023 Grant funds

January 31, 2024

2023 Final Report Due


Application and Reports 

Completed grant applications and required attachments (see bottom of grant application) should be e-mailed to Please note the updated email address for Good Samaritan Ministries.

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 Ministries 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 Ministries and its grant program.

Any correspondence may be directed to David Garvin at:

Good Samaritan Ministries
7400 Floydsburg Road
Crestwood, KY  40014

Good Samaritan Ministries is a ministry of the Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church.