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A Clergy Tax Information Packet is now posted on the GCFA website. This information will assist local church treasurers in completing clergy tax reporting and understanding tax requirements for local churches. It will also be of interest to and should be shared with the chair of the staff parish relations committee, the pastor, and staff.


Town and Country Grants for churches: The Town and Country Committee of the Detroit Annual Conference has $500 grants available to churches receiving conference consultation and redevelopment assistance. For more information contact the DAC Town and Country Committee.


The Emerging Ministries Grant provides seed money for new ministries which will be on going (as opposed to one-time) projects. An Emerging Ministries Project can receive support for up to three years. Possible uses might include program and or material resources, staff funding, administrative expenses. Maximum grant available per project shall be $1500. This grant is funded through the Marquette District Conference. Download a grant application.

Grants, Loans, Scholarships and Tax Information for Churches and Laity
Loans to churches

Creative Ministry Grants provide incentive to encourage new creative ministries of outreach and program development which might otherwise not be possible because of local budgetary consideration. This grant is funded by the Marquette District Conference. Download a grant application.


Christian Education Grants are available from the Board of Christian Education of the Detroit Annual Conference to help your church. The board has allocated funds for each district. Churches who wish to apply for the funds should contact the co chairs of the Board of Christian Education, Rev. Katy Pittenger  or Rachel Benton.


In addition, the Conference Board of Christian Education is willing to provide a Christian Education Consultant  to any church no cost. The Consultant will come and meet with church leadership and provide 2-4 hours of consulting at no cost to the local  church.


Development fund loans from the United Methodist Development Fund (UMDF) are available to United Methodist churches and church-related institutions seeking financing to construct new buildings or improve existing ones. The 40-year-old fund is a ministry of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. The interest rate is 6.95% for 15-20 years. The minimum amount for a loan is $25,000 and the maximum amount is $3,500,000.

For loan information or applications, contact the Board of Global Ministries' Office of Loan Administration at 212- 870-3865. Go to the  fund’s website for information, interest rates and stories from churches that have improved their facilities with the help of UMDF loans.


Loans from District BOM: One of the functions of the  Marquette District Board of Missions and Church Extension is “to operate as a lending agency for the financing of church property” (By-laws: article III, section 3). Presently the board has a maximum loan request cap of $20,000. The board wants to be in ministry to all United Methodist churches in the Marquette District and to help meet needs and emergencies. Download a loan application.


Initiatives Promoting Reconciliation grants: The Detroit Conference Commission on Christian Unity and Inter-religious Concerns (CUIC) announces the creation of a program of mini-grants for local churches. These “Initiatives Promoting Reconciliation” grants will provide grants of up to $500 to local UMC churches or group of churches in the conference. The grants will help fund programs that address the need for recognition of racism in the United Methodist Church and for repentance, reconciliation and renewal in the UMC and in the communities in which United Methodists live. Contact the Conference Office in Flint for an application, 800-334-0544.


United Methodist Merit Scholarships are for students that are planning on attending Albion or Adrian Colleges, or another United Methodist related college. Students must be a member of a United Methodist Church and have demonstrated academic excellence and significant participation in the life of a local congregation. Contact Rev. Arthur Stone for information: 810-346-2555 or 810-346-2010. Sponsored by the Detroit Annual Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. Download a scholarship application.

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