The Young Clergy Initiative is charged with increasing the number of young clergy within jurisdictional conferences of The United Methodist Church by encouraging opportunities that leverage for denominational change on systemic and cultural levels through various conversations, events, experiments, resources, research, and training. The YCI invites grant requests that assist young people to listen for, discern, and respond well to God’s call to ordained ministry.
JANUARY – Application opens
MARCH – Application closes and review process begins
JUNE – Project Directors awarded funds online meeting
AUGUST – Report 1 due
DECEMBER – Report 2 due
APRIL – Report 3 due (from previous year’s cycle)
MAY – Awards announced
The application cycle repeats each year of the 2017-2020 quadrennium.
Applying for a Grant
When reviewing grant applications, these 4 questions will be considered:
- How well does this project connect with other organizations? (agencies, BOMs, seminaries, bishops, annual conferences, and cabinets)
- How tightly is the project’s purpose tied to the purpose of the YCI? (to increase the # of young clergy)
- Are the project’s goals clearly defined?
- Are the project’s finances feasible?