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Help us Bless YOU

Do you have a great idea? Are you already part of a non-profit that needs funding for an upcoming project? We are actively seeking applications for the Blessing Initiative. Please take a moment and look over the funding guidelines and submit an application. Our current application window closes on March 31, 2023.

Welcome to the Blessing Initiative

Thank you for your interest in NRUMC’s Blessing Initiative. As part of the grant application process, we’ve provided the Blessing Initiative criteria which reflect the guidance provided by the fund donors. Please review the criteria, and if your organization qualifies, complete and submit the application online to


Our ideal/target level of funding is $50,000; however, we will consider smaller requests, at a minimum of $20,000, for highly qualified organizations that fully meet the criteria.


Our timeline for the application process is as follows:

 - Applications received before the end of a calendar quarter will be reviewed during the following calendar quarter.

 - Notifications concerning the status of your application will be made by the end of the 1st month of the quarter in which your application is reviewed.

 - If your organization meets our requirements, you may be asked to make a brief (20 minute) presentation to our committee.

 - Notification of the committee’s final decision will be done as soon as possible. If approved, you will receive a confirmation letter, payment schedule and our reporting requirements.


We sincerely appreciate your interest in our Blessing Initiative and wish you the best for your request. Please contact Scott Striegel ( or Russ Davison (919-847-1536 x 115) if you have questions.

Ways to Get Involved

The Gift & The Vision

The Gift & The Vision North Raleigh United Methodist Church (NRUMC) has received a two-million-dollar gift ($2,000,000). The vision behind this generous gift is for NRUMC to boldly do more in the name of Christ to serve those less fortunate, to lift up our neighbors near and far, to feed more of the hungry, to shelter more of the homeless, and to provide comfort and care to more of the sick and desperate. The dream is for this gift to help make the next 5+ years some of the most radiating, impactful, and joyous in NRUMC’s already blessed history. Consistent with this vision, this gift will be used exclusively for mission and service to the needy in our local community and around the world.

Disbursing the Gift

Disbursing The Gift This gift has been placed in a separate fund, where it will be managed until the fund has been completely disbursed (expected to be 5-7 years). Starting on January 1, 2023, $100,000 per quarter will be made available from the fund to serve those in need. A NRUMC committee (the Blessing Initiative Committee) has been formed to manage the disbursement of the $100,000 each quarter.

Disbursement Criteria & Guidelines

It will be the responsibility of The Blessing Initiative Committee to (a) evaluate requests for disbursements; (b) determine the recipients of Blessing Initiative funding; and (c) determine the timing of the disbursements. The disbursement of funds each quarter will be determined using the following criteria and guiding principles:

  • • Help for the Needy. Each and every initiative that is chosen for funding will be for the uplifting of the needy and less fortunate.
  • • Participation by NRUMC Members. Where possible, preference will be given to fund initiatives that are accompanied by significant participation by members of NRUMC. For example, an initiative that mobilizes various groups within NRUMC to work together with funding from the Blessing Initiative to create extraordinary impact, perhaps centered around a particular theme (e.g., hunger relief).
  • • Big and Bold. It is the vision that NRUMC should not hesitate to use the Blessing Initiative to be bold and go big, so preference will be given to funding a small number of initiatives each quarter that have significant impact rather than funding a large number of initiatives which have less impact (that is, we will avoid funding 100 small things in favor of one or two big, highly impactful initiatives each quarter).
  • • Minimum Funding Amount. To facilitate going big and bold with the funding from the Blessing Initiative, there will be a minimum funding amount of $20,000.00 per funding grant. However, the ideal/target level of funding is $50,000 per funding grant, although consideration will be given smaller requests for highly-qualified initiativies that fully meet the other criteria listed here.
  • • Impactful. Creativity of how to use the funds that will have the most significant impact will be encouraged. With that in mind, using funding to facilitate bigger, more impactful versions of existing programs at NRUMC and in the community will be considered, but new, different, and highly impactful initiatives will also be given consideration. An initiative’s impact in terms of the initiative’s sustainability (thus, creating a lasting impact) and the initiative’s ability to address root causes of need, and not just the effects, will be considered in funding decisions.
  • Quarterly Focus. The intention will be that, to the extent possible, most of $100,000 will be distributed each quarter and will be spent within that quarter. However, multi-quarter and multiyear initiatives with quarterly funding needs are eligible for consideration if the initiative otherwise meets these criteria (e.g., substantial impact to those in need).
  • Collaboration Creating Amplified Impact. Funding need not be used solely by NRUMC. For example, an initiative might involve NRUMC working together with other local churches or other organizations to raise money or provide services for a specific cause, thereby amplifying the impact of these initiatives through Blessing Initiative funding.
  • Growing Our Community of Faith. Although not the primary goal of the Blessing Initiative, it is hoped that the Blessing Initiative may also, at times, be a vehicle to introduce people to NRUMC who ultimately decide to join our community of faith, thereby increasing NRUMC’s ability to continue to impact individuals, our local community, and the world.