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Micro-Grant Applications

The Keagy Town and Rural Committee is now accepting micro-grant applications to help our area farmers. The application is to be filled out by a clergy member on behalf of FSA recognized farmers who need extra assistance. The recipients of the ministry do not have to be affiliated with the congregation or The United Methodist Church. Grants will be awarded according to funding availability from the Bishop's Appeal offering for a limited time.

Do you know a farmer who would benefit from a grant? You may use this pre-application referral form to help clergy identify farmers in the community and submit it to Rev. Mary Bohall at rev.marybohall@gmail.com.

Checks may be mailed to:
Northern Illinois Conference
PO Box 5646
Carol Stream, IL 60197-5646​
Put "Bishop's Appeal" in the memo line.

Grant Applications

The Keagy Town and Rural Committee is now accepting Farm Family Aid micro-grant applications to help our area farmers. The application is to be filled out by a clergy member on behalf of FSA recognized farmers who need extra assistance. The recipients of the ministry do not have to be affiliated with the congregation. Grants will be awarded according to funding availability from the Bishop's Appeal offering. Do you know a farmer who would benefit from a grant? You may use this pre-application form to help clergy identify farmers in the community.

Click here for the form.


Bishop Sally Dyck is pleased to announce the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal will go toward the Northern Illinois Conference Outdoor & Retreat Ministries, which operates two camps and retreat centers in Dixon, Illinois and Williams Bay, Wisconsin. The money raised will help support two urban summer week-long programs and provide opportunities to children and youth who otherwise may not financially be able to attend camp. 

The goals include: 

  • Growing Chicago Southern Camp into Chicago Metro Camp (Chicago Southern and Chicago Northwestern Districts) serving 100 youth per week. 
  • Launching a new Rockford District Camp.
  • Developing two weekend "winter camps" for each of the above Summer Camp Districts that reinforce the summertime "mountain-top" experience with a mid-year rejuvenation. 
  • Revisiting and expanding earlier efforts with weekend Restorative Justice and Social Justice Retreats. 


Start thinking of ways to fundraise at your church before bringing your offering to Annual Conference in June. Click here for some great ideas. Check back to this web page for more resources and information...

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