GIVE WHERE MOST NEEDED

UMCOR is committed to providing support for refugees and migrants around the world.

UMCOR is committed to providing support for refugees and migrants around the world.

As Jesus described in his parable, mustard seeds have a potential to grow into something big or pervasive that spreads throughout a field. Mustard Seed Migration Grants of up to $2000 will be awarded to 50 United Methodist churches in the United States to engage in new, one-time community-based service projects focused on refugees and migration.

Our hope is that, by learning more about migrants in local communities and addressing their needs through these grants, the “seed” of welcoming strangers might be planted in new ways in congregations around the country.

Call for Applications

Application

Wire Transfer Request Form


Background

Every day, thousands of people flee their homes in search of a better life for their families. Global Ministries and UMCOR are committed to providing support for refugees and migrants around the world. This work fulfills the biblical mandate to “love thy neighbor” and “welcome the stranger.”

The Mustard Seed Migration Grants

The Mustard Seed Migration Grant program will award up to $2,000 to as many as 50 local United Methodist churches in the United States to engage in new, one-time community-based service projects focused on refugees and migration.

Congregations are invited to propose new and creative projects that fill specific needs or gaps for refugees and migrants. As Jesus described in his parable, mustard seeds have the potential to grow into something big or pervasive that spreads throughout a field. Our hope is that as congregations learn more about migrants in their local communities and address their needs through these grants, the “seed” of welcoming strangers might be planted in new ways around the country.

Examples of Mustard Seed Migration Grant projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing food or non-food items to address basic needs
  • Supporting school enrollment through parent outreach or purchase of school supplies
  • Equipping children with musical or sports equipment to facilitate extracurricular involvement.
  • Offering English, financial literacy, or civics classes for adult learners or tutoring
  • Supplying families with cash vouchers for emergency rent, utilities, or transportation
  • Facilitating access to the internet with cell phones, laptops, or internet subscriptions
  • Distributing bicycles for transportation
  • Assisting a newly arrived refugee family in setting up a new apartment

United Methodist churches in the United States are eligible to apply.

Applications must be signed by the senior pastor and lay leader of the local church and the bishop or director of connectional ministries of the annual conference.

Completed applications must be received by mustardseed@umcor.org no later than Sunday, May 16 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

There may be more churches interested in this grant program than the amount of funds available. This is naturally a competitive process. Successful applications will;
 
  • Initiate a new project or activity
  • Include clear, concise, and creative ideas
  • Address local needs
  • Involve the participation of the congregation
  • Demonstrate a commitment to educate or increase awareness of congregation on migration
  • Utilize funds in direct service of refugees or migrants
  • Select beneficiaries on basis of need and need alone
 
Grants will not be awarded to applications that include;
  • Travel or the shipping or transporting of supplies
  • Sub-granting to other organizations
  • Proselytizing, pastoral care, or worship
  • Funding for continuation of existing programming
  • Additional documentation beyond the official Mustard Seed Migration Grant Application
 

Questions about the application form or the process can be sent to mustardseed@umcor.org.

Due to the high volume of applications expected, we will not be able to answer questions about content.

No phone calls please.

Grant recipients will receive an award notification on June 1st, which will include a grant agreement and wire transfer form. UMCOR will begin processing payments upon receipt of these completed documents.

Grant recipients will be invited to a grant orientation webinar on June 3rd.  Approved grant activities may begin as early as June 15th and end as late as December 15th. Grant recipients must submit the final report upon completion of the project. This report will have a narrative, financial, and impact component. A template will be provided.


Important Dates

April 1The application will be available here.
May 16Deadline for submitting applications via email.
June 1Grant recipients will be notified by email. Others will be notified after this date.
June 3Grant orientation webinar for grant recipients.
June 15Grant period begins.
December 15Grant period ends.
January 14Deadline for submitting grant reports.

*This invitation to apply does not guarantee funding. UMCOR reserves the right to deny any request for funding at any time to any organization without providing cause.