Mini-grants to Churches

During 2020, Come to the Table offered mini-grants to nearly 70 churches throughout North Carolina who have been responding to the increased hunger in their communities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These mini-grants provide funding to churches who are purchasing food from local growers or local restaurants to distribute in their community.

With support from The Duke Endowment, Come to the Table is excited to once again offer technical assistance funds to assist up to 30 rural United Methodist churches throughout North Carolina. CTTT will fund churches that are engaging in emergency hunger relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis with mini-grants of up to $1,000. 


-Churches must be rural, located in North Carolina, and eligible to receive funds from The Duke Endowment.

-Churches must use these funds to purchase food from local farmers, local restaurants, or local food businesses to distribute to food insecure community members. A local restaurant/business is one that is based in the community and is not part of a national or regional chain. 

-Churches must be able to spend grant funds within 3 months of receiving the funds.

Funding Priorities:

-Priority consideration will be given to churches that did not receive funding support from Come to the Table in 2020.

-Priority consideration will be given to churches that procure food from farms or businesses owned by people of color, projects led by people of color, or projects that provide food for communities of color.

Grant application deadline: February 15, 2021

A review board will make final funding decisions. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by March 15, 2021.

Please reach out to Michelle Osborne (Program Manager for Faith-based and Community Partnerships) at [email protected] or 919.704.6920 with any questions.

Read below for stories of previous churches involved in our mini-grant program:

Anointed Ones Church of Deliverance International

Long’s Chapel UMC

Norman UMC and Richmond Fresh

Calvary Memorial UMC

Red Oak UMC