For nearly 90 years, The Duke Endowment has made grants for the construction and renovation of rural United Methodist church facilities in order to strengthen the congregation’s ministry and mission. The Endowment remains committed to this strategy. Consideration for construction and renovation grants will be given to proposals designed to further the church’s service to the surrounding community, especially through food or tutoring ministries.
In order to apply for a construction or renovation grant, churches must follow a multi-step process (the first three steps of which are initiated by the church and detailed below) before submitting an application or breaking ground.
STEP 1. Review the Readiness Checklist and keep it for your reference.
STEP 2. Complete the Preliminary Planning Guide and send it to Trena McClure in the Rural Church program area by e-mail or by fax to 704-376-9336.
STEP 3. Agree to comply with the Terms of Agreement by signing and sending the document with the Preliminary Planning Guide to Trena McClure by e-mail or by fax to 704-376-9336.
Further steps will be initiated by the Rural Church team of the Endowment after receipt of the forms listed above.