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The 2018 Website Development Grants are now CLOSED.

The application for 2019 will open some time in the 1st quarter of the new year.

Website Development Grants are for local United Methodist churches and church entities who do not currently have a website. 

Through this new grant, United Methodist Communications will offer the following:

  • One year of webhosting
  • One year of domain name registration
  • Free WordPress online training through UMCOM
  • Free online support throughout your training and during your year of web hosting
  • Free pre-designed templates for easy development of your new website
  • Access to Google apps (includes 5 Gmail accounts, Google calendar, 2GB of storage on GDrive) 

United Methodist Churches and church entities who wish to replace their current website with a WordPress site may also apply. You can transfer your present URL, but please understand that you will have to rebuild your entire website on WordPress. Transferring a URL does not mean that the content transfers with it. All pages and functions will have to be rebuilt. Please consider this carefully before you apply.

If your church is a current UMCom webhosting customer, you will only be eligible for the free online training portion of the grant.

PLEASE NOTE: Basic computer skills and some understanding of uploading content to website templates will be needed to complete the course and build your website. Make sure those taking the course and/or acting as your church website coordinator(s) have these skills before you apply.

Central Conference Churches: We are currently accepting applications for grants for Episcopal Area offices only. 

See our Website Development FAQ»

All grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

APPLY NOW - The 2018 Website Development Grants are now CLOSED. The application for 2019 will open some time in the 1st quarter of the new year.

NOTE: If you are a two or three point charge and want to have separate websites for each church, you will need to fill out a separate application for each church.

Questions? Email localchurchgrants@umcom.org