Grant funding comes from a steady flow of endowment resources to support Church ministries and is awarded by the UMFA Grant's Committee. Endowment funds can be designated by donors for specific causes or left to the discretion of the Grant's Committee. The donor's original gift, or principal, in each endowment remains intact to assure perpetual support, and the annual income is used to underwrite United Methodist programs, projects, and activities.  

In 2016, UMFA contributed a total of $5,619,414 in grants.  Of that, $4,626,627 was designated by donors to benefit United Methodist causes closest to their heart. UMFA's Grant's Committee gifted $992,787 in discretionary funds that supported worthwhile causes across the state.

General UMFA Grant Policies
  1. UMFA's priority is to fund activities at the conference level that have the capacity of enriching many or all local churches.  Thus, we rarely fund requests from individual local churches.

  2. UMFA does not wish to become the perpetual funder for any ongoing program or ministry.

  3. UMFA targets its resources at United Methodist programs and ministries located almost exclusively within the bounds of the Arkansas Annual Conference.

  4. UMFA is targeted and strategic in its grant-making, preferring to make fewer substantial commitments, rather than diluting our impact by spreading our resources thinly over many small requests.

  5. UMFA communicates with the Annual Conference leadership to better understand the Conference's needs and opportunities. 

Recent UMFA grants include:
  • UMFA Seminary Scholarships

  • Sending local church leaders to The Church of the Resurrection's Leadership Institute

  • Pastoral Educational Training

  • Dollars for Scholars

  • Arkansas United Methodist Conference Mission U

  • Youth Ministries

  • Methodist Family Health kids to Camp Tanako


For more information about our Grants program, contact Mackey Yokem at