Ministry Grants

Your community is ready. The world is waiting. Dream, vision, plan and apply!

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

2023 Application Guidelines for Grant Funding from the Reynolds Ministry Fund

2023 Application for Grant Funding from the Reynolds Ministry Fund

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.

See the video below for grant writing insights from Karen Martin, a Davidson-based nonprofit adviser.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Available funds vary from year to year. In 2022, the Reynolds Ministries Team awarded a total of $375,000 to 29 different ministries.

When will grant decisions be made for 2023?

Applications submitted by Feb. 1, 2023 will be reviewed by the Reynolds Ministries Team. Award decisions will be announced in March 2023.

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.

Undesignated bequests through the years have enabled us to create the UMF Ministry Fund. This fund supports ministries that help the Western North Carolina Conference fulfill its mission.

Distributions are directed by the Foundation’s board of directors.