Youth Service Fund

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). YSF is money that is raised by youth to support projects led by youth. The projects are even reviewed and chosen by youth; it is truly youth in ministry! CCYM is pleased to offer you the opportunity to apply for a YSF grant. The timeline and guidelines are as follows:


  • YSF grants are available on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed four times per year.
  • Grant applications received by Aug. 1 will be reviewed by Sept. 15; applications received by Nov. 1 will be reviewed by Dec. 15; applications received by Feb. 1 will be reviewed by March 15, applications received by May 1 will be reviewed by June 15.

Grant criteria:

  1. Projects approved for Youth Service Fund grants must occur within one year from the date the grant application is submitted.
  2. 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:
    1. United Methodist churches and agencies
    2. Other church-based or ecumenical endeavors
    3. 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. (We simply do not have the funds to support the many mission projects our youth ministries are involved in.)
  3. 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.
  4. In the event that a program is cancelled for any reason, all YSF money will be immediately returned.

Additional guidelines:

  1. YSF grants are to encourage and support new ministries; therefore, repeat applications for ongoing ministries are discouraged.
  2. Due to the number of possible requests, individuals or churches should not apply for scholarship money to send students to summer camps or conference youth events such as The OneEvent. Please contact the coordinator of local church youth ministry for fundraising ideas for these programs.
  3. 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.
  4. YSF funding decisions are final.
  5. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please direct all questions to Melissa Gepford at

YSF Grant application.


Youth worker training grants

Are you a youth leader who is planning to attend a training event or youth ministry conference to sharpen your skills? We have grants available to help youth leaders in the Great Plains Conference take advantage of these opportunities to become better equipped to reach youth in their congregations and communities. A limited number of grants are available each calendar year as long as funds are available. Grant applications will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Eligible training events include the Perkins School of Youth Ministry, the Princeton Forums on Youth Ministry, Youth Ministry Institute and other similar programs. College and seminary classes are not eligible training events for this grant.
  • The National Youth Workers Convention and Youth 2019 have separate grant opportunities. See above to apply.
  • Grants will be awarded in the amount of $50 to $250. Grants will be awarded for up to 50 percent of the registration cost for any one training event. Grant applicants are encouraged to take advantage of early bird discount rates and/or denominational or group discounts for events. Grant amounts may be based on the lowest possible registration cost even if the grant applicant does not take advantage of those rates.
  • Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications should be made at least 30 days before the start of an event (but much earlier is better). Funding is limited and may not last the entire calendar year.

All decisions of the grant reviewing committee are final. Please contact Melissa Gepford at with any questions. Apply now.