Ministry Grants

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The Reynolds Ministry Fund offers funding to ministries that demonstrate ability and intention to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

2021 Reynolds Ministry Grant Application Guidelines

Jane and the late Royce Reynolds shared a lifelong Christian faith with a particular passion for growing Methodist churches. The Greensboro couple created the Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund of the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina in 1998 with a clear mandate often articulated by Royce: “We have one purpose – to make disciples for Christ.” The grants from this fund support disciple-making on an extraordinary level. Our gratitude for Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds cannot be overstated. We continue to be inspired by their commitment to evangelism.

Keep reading for more information about grants from the Reynolds Ministry Fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many grants will be awarded, and in what amount?

Available funds vary from year to year. In 2020, the Reynolds Ministries Team awarded a total of $367,100 to 26 different ministries.

When will grant decisions be made for 2021?

All award decisions will be announced by March 31, 2021.

If we are not awarded a grant for this calendar year, may we re-apply next year?

Yes! Grants guidelines and areas of emphasis may vary from year to year.

How can we ensure our program/initiative meets the proper requirements to be considered for a Reynolds Ministry Fund grant?

Please carefully review the entire Application Guidelines document.

If we received a Reynolds Ministry Fund grant in previous years, may we apply for another time?

Yes. That said, we do seek to support new and innovative programs/initiatives. Receiving an award in one year does not guarantee that your ministry will receive an award in subsequent years.

We look forward to partnering with you in the most important call of making disciples for Christ. For questions, please contact the Director of Reynolds Ministries & Programs, Caroline Cox.

"If I can pay for things that nurture the Church, I am blessed. Other people can do other things. This is what I do."

- Royce Reynolds

The UMF Ministry Fund supports the mission and ministry of The Western North Carolina Conference.

The United Methodist Foundation is fortunate to have received a number of undesignated bequests through the years that have enabled us to create the UMF Ministry Fund. This fund was created to financially support ministries that help The Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church fulfill its mission.

Distributions from the UMF Ministry Fund are directed by the Foundation’s board of directors.