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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    UNY Scholarships and Grants

    Upper New York Annual Conference Scholarships and Grants

    Peace with Justice Grant
    Lottie Brown Grant
    Ercil Cady Grant


    Peace with Justice Grant

    Applications for the Peace with Justice Grant are being accepted through April 30. Click here for an application and contact Heather Smith ( with any questions. 

    In 2020, the Social Holiness Team supported the following emerging justice ministries: 

    • In May, the Niagara Frontier City Ministries was awarded a grant to help support their work to provide masks, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products to the underserved in their area around Buffalo and Niagara Falls. This area and especially the homeless population was particularly hard hit in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • In November, the New York State Poor People’s Campaign was awarded a grant to assist in the development of a podcast entitled, Getting into Step. The goal of the podcast is to connect activists and spiritual leaders and provide training and support for those doing the work of the of this national movement.

    Lottie Brown Grant

    Applications for the Lottie Brown Grant are now available through March 15, 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and limited staff working at the Conference office each day, it is highly recommended that all completed materials be sent electronically to

    Preference is given to those entering some form of Christian service. A statement of your faith journey and philosophy of life is given high consideration. All application materials for this scholarship must be postmarked by March 15, 2021. Late or incomplete applications may not be considered. Application materials required for this scholarship include:

    (Note: You will need to save these forms, then open them with Adobe Reader. Once completed, save and then either mail per instructions or attach the form as well as any additional documents to your email for submission.)

    Application Instructions
    Application Form
    Academic or Employer Recommendation
    Certificate of Church Membership and Pastor Recommendation

    If you are having difficulty opening the documents, download or upgrade your Adobe Reader here. (This version will also allow you to type information directly into the form and add your signature.)

    *Suggestion: If emailing application materials, documents sent in PDF are most likely to retain formatting. You will also need to give copies of the Membership Certification to your Pastor and the Recommendation Form to your other recommender. Forms and questions may be emailed to

    Ercil Cady Grant

    Applications for the Ercil Cady Grant are available now through March 15, 2021. Grant(s) of up to $5,000 may be awarded to individual United Methodists, local UM churches, or Upper New York District and Conference ministry teams. As directed by the originator of the Ercil Cady Grant, grants will be given for the 'benefit or education of disadvantaged minority individuals, preferably blacks or American Indians."

    If you have questions about the Cady Grant, please contact Blenda Smith at

    Click here to read about the procedure in which grants are awarded and what's required for submission.
    Click here to download an application.

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 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."