Mission & Ministry Grants

The Greater Southwest District has grant money available for local churches who are looking for ways to help underwrite the cost of new and ongoing mission and ministry projects. Our ENGAGE Mission and Ministry Grants are awarded to churches who are connecting with the people in their community to make an impactful difference in their lives. Your church could receive support to begin doing you’ve been dreaming of and assistance to help you do what you’re already doing even better. Each grant will be approved based on merit and details provided in the application package. Because we want to help as many churches as possible, please only submit one application per congregation annually.

2024 Mission & Ministry Grant

Fresh Expressions Grants

Fresh Expressions grants are designed to provide start-up funds for outreach efforts focused on reaching new people.  

2024 Fresh Expressions Grant

Person in Mission Scholarships

Do you or someone you know need additional financial support to participate in a hands-on mission trip? The Greater Southwest District has funds available to help you be part of a mission team. Preferences are given for first-time participants, but anyone may apply. The trip must be sponsored by a church or organization affiliated with The United Methodist Church and going to a project hosted by a church or organization affiliated with The United Methodist Church.

Please return applications by August 1 for fall trips, by December 1 for winter/spring trips and by May 1 for summer trips. 

2024 Person in Mission Scholarship

LifeSpring Legacy Grants - COMING SOON!

Summer Program Grant

This grant is for churches offering a summer program such as Vacation Bible School or a day camp. Priority will be given to churches that have not offered a program before. A maximum of $1,000 will be rewarded per church per year.

Faith Formation Grant

This grant is for churches that need resources for Faith Formation, such as training, curriculum, materials, etc. A maximum of $1,000 will be rewarded per church per year.

Engagemi District Projects

The following opportunities have been identified as Engagemi projects for the Greater Southwest District in 2024.

Southwest Michigan Latinx Community Ministry - The Hispanic/Latino community represents 12% of the total population in the Greater Southwest District. And every year more than 200 migrant camps receive temporary Hispanic families for seasonal work. That’s why we are creating a new place for new people; reaching more diverse people who become more like Christ in the world: a Hispanic/Latino New Church in Van Buren County. 

To support this ministry, send checks with Latinx Ministry in the memo to:
Greater Southwest District ENGAGE
PO Box 1333
Portage, MI 49081

ILJ-Kalamazoo (formerly JFON) - Immigration Law & Justice's legal staff help low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers understand their choices and navigate the complexities and barriers of the U.S. immigration legal system.

To support the ILJ office in Kalamazoo, send checks to:
Immigration Law & Justice
212 S Park St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Greater Southwest District