The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced thirty grants totaling nearly $10 million to United Methodist organizations across the state.
The grants, which were awarded through the foundation's Rural Church program, include $4 million to Givens Estates in Asheville in support of affordable housing for middle-income seniors, enabling them to age in place. Additional grants include $195,000 to Monticello United Methodist Church in Statesville for a summer literacy program; $45,000 to Clifton United Methodist Church in Warrensville to increase the distribution of fresh produce through hunger ministries; $100,000 to Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Advance in support of affordable housing; and $99,200 to the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church in Garner for a mental health program for clergy in crisis.
The endowment's Rural Church program area focuses on enhancing congregational vitality, deepening spiritual formation, and fostering community impact. Candidates for grants include United Methodist churches that serve rural North Carolina communities, the North Carolina and Western North Carolina conferences and districts of the United Methodist Church, and Duke University Divinity School.