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Costner-Fulton Grants Available


Missional outreach takes many forms, and the Conference Office of Mission, Service and Justice has grant funds to support your new, innovative, or one-time mission program and event. Applications are now available for the 2022 Costner-Fulton Grant cycle.

The Costner-Fulton Grant honors Tom and LaVerne Fulton, who shared a passion for social work in their professional lives. Their activism was a calling, rooted in faith and given further expression through the outreach ministries of The United Methodist Church. It is not surprising that this dedicated couple created an estate plan that would continue to reach out to a world in need.

The Mission, Service and Justice Team will be awarding grants for launching mission projects in 2023. Complete the grant application form by October 1, 2022. The application requires a mechanism for evaluating the success of the mission after six months and 12 months, and a budget showing anticipated expenses and demonstrating other fund sources.

The average grant award amount is between $1,000 and $5,000; however, the MSJ team has the discretion to award a different amount on a case-by-case basis. Building projects do not qualify. Monies given during the 2022 Missouri Annual Conference Diversely United offering will be incorporated into the 2022 Costner-Fulton grant cycle. This grant fund is administered by the Missouri United Methodist Foundation, with all grant applications approved by the Conference MSJ Team.

Find the necessary materials and forms to apply at and submit them via our grant submission portal.

New this year, you are invited to join the Mission, Service and Justice Team for a virtual grant workshop via Zoom. The workshop will be led by Rev. Jennifer Long, Conference MSJ Team chairperson, and Rev. Sharon Williams, Conference associate director of Mission, Service and Justice ministries. Together we'll learn about the ins and outs of the Costner-Fulton grant process, including updates to the application, and discuss how this grant might aid your congregation in partnering with the Conference vision to relentlessly lead our churches to become outwardly focused and spiritually centered Christ followers, with specific emphasis on becoming diversely united. There will be time for Q-and-A. Grant applicants are encouraged to attend. Learn more and register at