Seed and Save Grant (for 2019 new clergy)

2020 Guidelines

This form is only for clergy new to the Dakotas or Minnesota Annual Conferences in 2019

Purpose: To provide seed money for saving for the future to clergy in appointment in the Dakotas and Minnesota Annual Conferences and increase personal financial literacy through participation in offered financial management education opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The applicant is a provisional or ordained deacon or elder or a licensed local pastor in good standing with the Dakotas or Minnesota Annual Conferences.
  • The applicant is under appointment and actively serving a local UM congregation or an extension ministry in the Dakotas or Minnesota.
  • The applicant is a provisional or ordained deacon or elder or licensed local pastor in the Dakotas or Minnesota Annual Conferences who has been under active appointment within the last year, but is currently on leave.
  • The applicant, appointed in 2019, has been under appointment at least one year and completed an approved personal financial education course. The application must be submitted within 30 days of the one-year anniversary.
  • The applicant, as described above, is eligible to receive a one-time grant of $1,000 upon completion of approved personal financial education and saving $1000.

Steps in the Application Process: 

Complete the application below. Provide documentation to Diane Owen of completion of the approved personal financial literacy training opportunity. (Approved options include Ramsey’s Financial Peace University or GoodSense Movement’s Freed Up Financial Living.) Send documentation to Diane Owen at or mail to: Diane Owen, 122 W. Franklin Ave., Ste. 400, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2453.

Grant Review Process:

  • The application will be reviewed by Diane Owen, program director of the Lilly Grant. All personal information provided is held in strict confidence and not shared with anyone outside of the Steering Committee without your consent.
  • Applications for the Seed and Save Grant are reviewed within two weeks of submission and the recipient is notified of the application’s status within 30 days of review.
  • A grant of $1,000 is paid to the applicant within 60 days of the application’s approval. The recipient will receive a 1099 at the end of the tax year.

If you have questions about the grant process, contact Diane Owen at

Personal Information

Please include your home address (not church address)

*First Name
*Last Name
*Address 1
Address 2
*Social security number
Clergy Information
*Are you serving a local United Methodist congregation or extension ministry under appointment of the Dakotas or Minnesota Annual Conference?
If yes, in what capacity?

Choose all that apply.

Licensed Local Pastor
Extension Ministry
3/4-time (75%)
Half-time (50%)
1/4-time (25%)
If yes, what is the name of the church(es) or extension ministry location?

Include full name of church/ministry and its city.

If yes, what annual conference are you appointed to?
If yes, what district are you appointed to?
If no, what is your current status?
Date leave began:
Please specify your status.
Personal Financial Literacy
*Indicate what financial literacy opportunity you selected.

Remember to submit documentation of completion of the training to Diane Owen. See above Steps in the Application Process for details.

Please specify the financial literacy opportunity you selected.
*Signature I have completed approved personal financial literacy coursework (documentation attached) and have saved $1,000 since the start of the course. As a result, I request the Seed and Save Grant in the amount of $1,000.

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