Uwharrie District Grants and Resources Team Awards over $60,000

News Article March 8, 2022
In February, the Uwharrie District Grants and Resources team met to review and approve the most recent round of grant applications. Twice a year, local churches and United Methodist based ministries within the Uwharrie District have an opportunity to apply for mission engagement or vitality grant funds. A church or organization can apply once in a twelve-month period. Local church applicants should be current on apportionments.
This spring, the Grants and Resources Team awarded seven grant applications in the areas of missional engagement, church vitality, and benevolence. Five churches and two United Methodist related organizations were granted over $60,000 combined. Collaborative ministries and organizations made up over $50,000 of the grants awarded.
Grants awarded include:
  • Central UMC (Albemarle) - The Book Buddies Literacy Camp and School Supply Closet is a 6-week summer camp that serves rising 1st grade students who have low literacy skills. The supply closet serves 4 schools.
  • Jordan Memorial UMC - The Back to School Bash will provide food, activities, free haircuts, health screenings, and school supplies for students in grades PreK-12.  
  • Matton’s Grove UMC - IMPACT Youth is a community youth group that meets bi-monthly for food, fellowship, games, and Bible study.
  • Open Hands of Davidson County, INC. - The Mercy Station Ministry provides a hot breakfast 3 days a week, lunch on Saturday, food bags, hygiene bags, sleeping bags/tents, laundry and computer access, Bible study, and social services assistance. 
  • Peachland UMC - Lamplighters is a weekly program in which kids from the local elementary school are brought to the church for snacks, playtime, homework help, Bible lessons, and a meal.
  • Pleasant Hill UMC (McFarlan) - Upgraded technology will serve as a catalyst to jump start new worship delivery models and address the digital divide in their rural setting.
  • United Methodist Center for Pastoral Psychotherapy - Provides spiritual guidance, pastoral counseling, pastoral psychotherapy, and/or professional consultation primarily for UM pastors. 
The next round of grant applications are due August 1, 2022. Information and guidelines can be found HERE. Questions can also be directed to Grants and Resources Chairperson Rev. Santosh NIroula.