Church-school partnership grant

Due to diminished funds received since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Conference has decided to temporarily suspend scholarships and grants. You may still submit an application for the 2020 grant, and we will keep track of applications received (in order) and be in touch with you when the situation changes. Thank you for your understanding.

The Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Mission Promotion Team has funds for churches planning new or expanded church-school initiatives. A church may request a grant of up to $500.

The Mission Promotion Team encourages connections between churches and schools. The goal of this grant is to find a way for your congregation to serve its community through a face-to-face partnership between the children and staff of the school and members of your congregation. Any church can apply for a grant to fund a project that increases that connection. Projects will include coordination with the school staff to meet ongoing and periodic needs.  This partnership is a relationship, not a transaction.

Examples of involvement can include but are not limited to:


  • Book club and media center volunteering
  • Stuff envelopes in the school office
  • Help at various school events
  • Call and ask your local school what they could use


  • Read with a child every week
  • Practice spelling words
  • Tutor a student in math, reading or writing
  • Invite students to after school tutoring sessions in the church 
  • Work in a teacher’s classroom
  • Call and ask your local school what they could use

Email Lyndy Zabel at with any questions.

Contact Person
*First Name
*Last Name
*Address 1
Address 2
*Phone number
*Church name (to receive funds)
*Church address
*School name
*School address
*Describe your partnership project.
*Describe how the members of your church will have contact with school staff or students because of this project.
*Describe how the funds will be used.
Possible date for project:
Budget request ($500 limit):

Thank you for caring about children and participating in the Church-School Partnership Project. The Mission Promotion Team hopes you will share the success of your project by sending photos, evaluations, and stories to Lyndy Zabel at the Conference Office. Email Lyndy Zabel at

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