Rural Church Construction and Renovation Grants

Rural Church Construction and Renovation Grants
Legacy of Faith,” a coffee table book celebrating rural United Methodist churches in North Carolina.

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.

For more information contact Robb Webb, Kristen Richardson-Frick or Trena McClure.

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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