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"But just as you excel in everything —
in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us —
see that you also excel in this grace of giving"
—2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV)

Grants and Scholarships

DHM provides opportunities for empowering Deaf, late-deafened, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind people through grants for projects and scholarships. Projects include seed money for new ministries, international mission outreach, curriculum development, internships, Deaf camps, DeafBlind camps, communication access and scholarships. Application cycles close each January and May. For further information, e-mail us.

DHM Grants at Work: Stories of Grant Receipients


With rising costs and increasing needs, the practice of “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” makes funding a vital issue. The United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries (DHM) has two basic functions. The primary function is to make people aware of the needs of the Deaf and hard of hearing, so that all persons may be able to fully participate in the spiritual life of the United Methodist Church. A secondary function is to provide funding for programs and projects that further the primary function.

Both of these functions are supported by general funding from the United Methodist Church and by gifts received from members and friends of the the United Methodist Church through the Advance Special Giving program.

The Advance: Advancing hope in Christ's name

The Advance is an official program of The United Methodist Church for voluntary, designated, second-mile giving. Through The Advance, United Methodist annual conferences, districts, local churches, organizations, individuals and families may choose to support particular, approved mission programs or mission personnel with their financial gifts.

The Cross and Flame in the Advance logo is a registered trademark of the United Methodist Church and the tilted vessel calls forth a pouring out, as we share our gifts and as we advance hope in the name of Christ.

The Advance is “designated” giving because it gives donors an opportunity to select specific mission programs or persons. The Advance is “second-mile” giving because, in The United Methodist Church, the first mile (priority) is for local churches to support World Service and other apportioned funds.

The Advance was created by the 1948 General Conference of the Methodist Church in response to the suffering and devastation caused by World War II. Today, The Advance program includes partnerships in the United States and in more than 100 countries.

The Advance is not a grant program that guarantees funding. The Advance is a transparent channel that guarantees 100% of each gift will go to the designated partnership. It is an organizational part of Global Ministries that serves as a central collection point for donations to various Programs and Missions. Individuals and local churches can give to ministries with Deaf and hard of hearing people through the “Advance for Ministries with Deaf People” by writing a check to their local United Methodist Church marked with Advance # 982562. The church treasurer will forward it to the Annual Conference Treasurer. From there it goes to the General Board of Global Ministries. Be sure to indicate Advance # 982562 on the memo line. To give by credit card, call 1 888 252-6174.

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