Rural Church Development Pre-Application Questions

Rural Church Development Pre-Application Questions

In 2013, The Duke Endowment introduced a new pre-application for most areas of work. The Rural Church Development pre-application questions are:

Projects Not Eligible for Funding

  • Church vans or buses
  • Church playgrounds
  • Church-based child care/pre-school programs
  • Homework help programs
  • Audio-visual equipment for church facilities
  • Routine maintenance of church facilities, including but not limited to:
    • stained-glass window repair, replacement, or protection
    • heating, air, or HVAC units
    • building repairs
    • painting or other cosmetic facility upgrades 

Question 1: Mission and Vision

What is the mission and/or vision statement of your church?  How was this statement formed?

Question 2: Project Focus

What issue do you wish to address?

Question 3: Theory of Change

What are the needs of the community? What evidence leads you to this conclusion? 

Question 4: Scalability

How can your current facilities and/or programs be used or adapted to meet community needs?

Question 5: Project Description

Summarize your proposed project.  Describe how the project will help meet community needs.

Question 6: Community Impact

What impact do you expect your project to have on the community?

Areas of Work

  • Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children

    To equip children and families with skills to ensure that children reach developmental milestones to lead successful lives.

  • Out-of-home care for youth

    To drive child welfare systems toward greater accountability for child well-being.

  • Quality and safety of health care

    Improving the quality and safety of health care delivery

  • Access to health care

    Improving health by increasing access to comprehensive care

  • Prevention

    Expanding programs to promote health and prevent disease

  • Academic excellence

    Enhancing academic excellence through program and campus development

  • Educational access and success

    Increasing educational access and supporting a learning environment that promotes achievement

  • Campus and community engagement

    Promoting a culture of service, collaboration and engagement among schools and communities

  • Rural church development

    Building the infrastructure and capacity of United Methodist churches to enhance ministry and mission

  • Clergy leadership

    Strengthening United Methodist churches by improving the quality and effectiveness of church leadership

  • Congregational outreach

    Engaging United Methodist congregations in programs that serve their communities