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Ministry Impact Grants Awarded: Celebrating Funded Projects for 2023

10 May 2023 3:24 PM | Jen Burch (Administrator)

For a second year, the UMCRM Association received word that it was granted one million dollars from an anonymous family foundation to distribute to United Methodist Camps & Retreat Ministries in the U.S. The goal of the gift was to enable individual sites and ministries to take one significant step in the 2023 calendar year toward long-term impact and sustainability. Once again, it is a joy for our organization to assist in stewarding this generous gift for the benefit of camping and retreats in the United Methodist tradition! 

By the numbers: 

  • 107 proposals were submitted, totaling $4,617,000

  • 68 projects were funded at just under $1,774,000

Of the 68 funded proposals: 
    • 20 were from new applicants (that did not apply in 2022) 

    • 38 were from applicants that also received funding for a project last year

    • 9 are from applicants whose projects were not funded last year

Of the 39 unfunded proposals:
    • 11 were from new applicants

    • 22 were from applicants that received funding for a 2022 project

    • 6 applicants had projects that were unfunded both years

The review team did not give special consideration to previous or new applicants, but reviewed each proposal on its own merits. This year, additional consideration was given to equity between Conferences and within Conferences. 

Similarly to 2022, after the review team considered all proposals, the granting foundation was inspired to generously increase the original pledge amount, enabling more projects to receive funding. The additional $774K brought the total grant to $1.7M, adding 18 more accepted projects and fully funding 9 more. The UMCRM Association is thrilled to distribute the grant funds in the coming weeks to the projects listed below.

2023 Ministry Impact Grant award list

Collectively, United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries will broaden our  impact in reaching more people with the love of Christ for a thriving future. Praise to the “God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ask or imagine” (Eph.3:20). May we be worthy stewards of the gifts entrusted to us. Stay tuned in the coming months as projects are completed and together we celebrate all that these ministries have been able to build and accomplish.

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