The Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) of the Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church is blessed to be able to administer the Youth Service Fund (YSF). Over the years, we have funded mission work, events, training, and projects for youth and by youth. CCYM is pleased to offer two grant opportunities:

Scholarship for Youth Worker Leadership Development

This scholarship opportunity is offered to Youth Workers to in your continuing education and leadership development as a youth worker in the Great Plains Conference. CCYM recognizes the positive impact that continuing education and leadership development has on youth ministry as a whole, and we are excited to invest in you. 

Application opens each year on August 1 and closes on May 1. CCYM will review applications and announce the recipient(s) by June 15. Scholarship amounts will vary, depending on availability.


Youth Event Grant

You are applying for funds to host a youth event/project from the Youth Service Fund - a fund for youth, managed by youth. The Conference Council of Youth Ministry (CCYM) will review applications four times a year:

  • Received by August 1 = reviewed by September 15
  • Received by November 1 = reviewed by December 15
  • Received by February 1 = reviewed by March 15
  • Received by May 1 = reviewed by June 1

Grant recipients should strive to reach a diverse group of students, reaching across racial, ethnic, socio-economic and gender barriers to the greatest extent possible. Projects approved for Youth Service Fund grants must occur within one year from the date the grant application is submitted. Any recognized non-profit organization that supports ministry to, with, and for youth (generally defined as ages 12-18 or grades 7-12) is eligible to apply; however, priority will be given in the following order:

  • United Methodist churches and agencies
  • Other church-based or ecumenical endeavors
  • Other organizations

Note: The Youth Service Fund has a limited amount of grant money to distribute each year. While we encourage youth ministries to participate in mission trips, applications for mission trips will be given lowest priority, especially for ministries that have already been involved in mission work. YSF funding decisions are final. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Grant recipients agree to submit a report of their project within 30 days of project completion and to allow use of the report for future YSF publicity. If a program is cancelled for any reason, all YSF money will be immediately returned.


Please direct all grant inquiries to Melissa Gepford at