The Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children is collected each year by participating Indiana churches. This annual offering seeks to strengthen ministries around the world by providing financial support in their efforts to reach out to and improve the lives of young people.
The Bishop’s Christmas Offering also provides funding to Indiana Conference Camping Ministries, three Indiana United Methodist-related children and youth homes, national and global Advance projects, and Indiana outreach projects.
Outreach projects are selected through a grant application process.
The criteria for Indiana-based ministries applying for grants include:
Ministries seeking this grant must have a connection to the work of the United Methodist Church either directly by use of the building or members or boards; or indirectly as partners with other faith-based community groups
Diversity in people served and location
Ministries will not be eligible for a grant for more than two consecutive years
Grants are provided to help give the ministry a “boost” and is not intended to support the day-to-day operations (i.e funding for the food used in feeding programs) or staff compensation.
Grant funds are to directly benefit children, 18 years-old and under
Applications are accepted from February 1 to February 28 annually.