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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Cady Grant applications accepted through May 3

    April 2, 2019 / By Blenda Smith

    Applications for the Ercil Cady Grant are available now through May 3, 2019. Grant(s) of up to $5,000 may be awarded to individual United Methodists, local UM churches, or UNY district and conference ministry teams.  As directed by the originator of the Ercil Cady Grant, priority shall be given to educational proposals that benefit minority groups or individuals, preferably black and American Indians. Click here for the application form and instructions.

    In recent years, the following exciting grants have been awarded:

    ·         Hendricks Chapel Creative Non-Fiction Writing Contest: an opportunity for African American and Native American university students to creatively share their experiences of spirituality/spiritual formation. Contest included cash awards. Click here for the announcement poster.

    ·         Hogansburg UMC’s Buddy-Bench Caring, Sharing & Respect Project: a two pronged approach to counter bullying, namely, building benches and educating the school board, school children and staff about the anti-bullying, safe-place benches that are located in strategic places on school grounds and parks.

    ·         Covenant UMC’s Praise & Play Program: a weekly opportunity for community children to build relationships, learn about Jesus and cultivate their faith through music, art, service projects & followed by full course suppers with families.

    ·         Central Park Buffalo's Young Men & Women of Faith Program: provided opportunities for educational trips to learn about our country’s history of racial discord, women’s rights, and the brave efforts of people and the United Methodist Church in racial, social & restorative justice.


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."