Metro Ministries, Inc.’s Mission:

Work in conjunction with the Central District center, its member congregations, lay and clergy leaders -- connecting resources to ministries and ministries to resources for the cause of Christ. 

Metro Ministries, Inc.’s Vision:

In the service of Christ, partners identify needs, relationships are developed, and new passionate initiatives are created to serve our neighbors.

In addition to being in line with the vision of Metro Ministries, activities funded by Metro’s Grants Program must be intentional about and focused on at least one of the following expectations:

Leadership Development —  Metro will give grants to programs or projects that train youth/adults to become passionate, educated, and well informed leaders with the practice of service. These programs or projects should include outward-focused church and community ministries.

Risk-taking Mission and Service —  This includes the projects, the efforts, and the work people do to make a positive difference in the lives of others for the purposes of Christ, regardless of whether those served will ever be a part of the community of faith.

Engaging in Ministry with the Poor ---  Christ calls us to be in ministry with the poor and marginalized. Our emphasis is on “with” – meeting individuals where they are, listening to them, understanding their needs, strengths and goals, and working with them to achieve their goals. It also means addressing the causes of poverty and responding in ways that lift up individuals and communities. We believe working and walking alongside those striving to improve their situation will be of greater impact and more practical than a “top-down” approach to problem-solving or charitable giving.

Grant Criteria

  • Project or program must meet one or more of the expectations detailed above:
    • Leadership Development
    • Risk-taking Mission and Service
    • Engaging in Ministry with the Poor
  • Plan for self-sustainability for the project or program:
    • Metro Ministries, Inc. grants are intended to help initiate new programming or enhance existing programming.
    • Metro Ministries, Inc. will consider continued funding of a project or program up to a maximum of four years, with grantee re-applying each year where funds are to be requested.
  • Demonstrable funding model, as Metro Ministries generally does not provide 100% funding.
  • Project or program must serve individuals and/or communities within the Central District (Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby counties).
  • While preference will be given to faith-based organizations, any qualifying organization will be considered.
  • Metro grants are intended for programming expenses, not direct salary expenses.

Grant Requirements

  1. Those unfamiliar with Metro’s grant process must either:
    • Attend the March 23rd Informational Session OR
    • Meet one-on-one with Tina McAninch, Executive Director, to review the process:
  2. Submit All Required Documents by April 15, 2019, via email to
  3. Allow one or more site visits from Metro’s executive director and/or members of the Grants Team during the course of the project/program.
  4. Submit Project Report:
    • Time-limited project: Within 30 days after completion of project.
    • Ongoing program: Within 90 days after receipt of funds.
  5. Allow publication of program outcomes, impact stories, and images on Metro Ministries, Inc.’s website, social media platforms, press releases, newsletters, as well as sharing at future events attended or sponsored by Metro Ministries, Inc.
Last Published: April 23, 2019 4:13 PM
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