Thank you for your interest in our grant program. Please review our Grant Eligibility Information carefully prior to submitting a request.
GRANT ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
Following please find our Grant Eligibility Information (you may print this page by clicking the print icon above). Grants will only be considered for those meet the Eligibility Requirements.
The St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. is a supporting organization to the St. Marys United Methodist Church and was established in January 2001. We are a non-profit, Christian organization, which makes grants to non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organizations and ministries, which are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Our mission is to be a lasting, effective and compassionate charitable resource for agencies in Southeast Georgia, the nation and the world that respond to people in need, for institutions related to United Methodism, and for organizations that promote evangelical Christianity.
Grants are made twice each year through a Spring Grant Cycle and a Fall Grant Cycle. The application process is a two-step process. Properly formatted proposals received by December 1st will be reviewed for further consideration for the Spring Cycle. Proposals selected must then complete grant applications. Properly completed grant applications received by February 1st will be considered for the Spring Cycle and reviewed by the Board of Directors in April. Funds for the Spring Cycle will be disbursed in June. Properly formatted proposals received by June 1st will be reviewed for further consideration for the Fall Cycle. Proposals selected must then complete grant applications. Properly completed grant applications received by August 1st will be considered for the Fall Cycle and reviewed by the Board of Directors in October. Funds for the Fall Cycle will be disbursed in December.
Proposals must be submitted online and will be accepted pertaining to the following guidelines:
• Consideration is limited to organizations working in Southeast Georgia (See Georgraphical Restrictions) and/or agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church that provide for people in need and/or promote evangelical Christianity.
• Applicants must qualify as IRS recognized 501C3, tax-exempt organizations.
• Applicants must be members in good standing of the Georgia Center for Non-Profits .
The Foundation is most interested in proposals that provide:
• A clear description of expected outcomes
• Evidence the program/project has the potential to improve the sustainability of individuals
• Evidence of organizational sustainability
• Opportunities for collaboration between organizations
• Opportunities to leverage grant dollars via matching grants, etc.
Requests for Programs in the United States: Requests will only be considered for agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church or programs in local Southeast Georgia. Southeast Georgia is defined, for these purposes, as Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties.
Requests for International Programs: The SMUMC Foundation is currently accepting grant proposals for international programs / projects that create economies and sustainable jobs for those living in poverty around the world.
Please see, “International Initiatives” for further information and to submit an online proposal.”
What We Do NOT Do
The St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation will not typically consider the following for grants:
- Organizations that do not meet the charitable status requirements of IRS Code 501 (c) (3)
- Individual Scholarships
- Debt reduction or previously incurred deficits for any reason.
- Business Ventures
- Individual church brick and mortar projects including new buildings, renovations, repairs, and furnishings.
- Arts / Culture
- Environmental Projects
- Social Clubs
- Sports / Recreations/ Leisure
- Meetings and Conferences
- The production of videos, films, and other recordings.
- Historic Preservation Projects
- Individual church projects where a collaborative effort with other churches may be more beneficial and effective.
- Vehicles, i.e., automobiles, vans, buses, etc.
- Organizations with outstanding conditions on previously awarded grants
Once you have thoroughly reviewed our Grant Eligibility Requirements and determined your project meets our criteria, you must submit a proposal in the specific format provided. Click here to submit a Proposal.
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