The Holston Conference Foundation awarded 32 ministry grants totaling $66,570 in 2011, most from three endowments with specific designations.
Twenty-two awards totaling $37,570 were Margaret Loving Senior Grants for supporting older adult ministries in Holston.
The largest Loving grants were $3,000 each for Wesley House Community Center's "Wellness in Senior Education (WISE) Program" and Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries for Buffalo Mountain Camp's camp for adults with special abilities.
Other Loving grant recepients included Heiskill UMC, Oak Ridge District, $1,000 for a Bible study for the elderly; First Bristol UMC, Abingdon District, $1,500 for a parish nurse program; Cherokee UMC, Johnson City District, $1,600 to help hard-of-hearing seniors; and Broad Street, Keith Memorial, and Meigs Parish of Cleveland District, $500 for a district-wide older adult gathering.
Redwine Grants are specified for new and emerging ministries. Two groups won grants this year: Cherokee UMC, Johnson City District, $2,500 for backyard Vacation Bible School; and First Indepence UMC, Wytheville District, $2,000 for a community summer activity program.
A total $18,000 from the Evelyn Webb Henson Youth Endowment was distributed to support 16 youth ministries. The ministries included $5,000 to First Gatlinburg UMC, Maryville District, for a youth program; and $5,000 to St. John UMC, Maryville District, $5,000 for playground renovation.
Two miscellaneous grants were awarded to Trinity (Greeneville) UMC, Morristown District, $5,000 for an elevator project; and Wytheville District, $1,500 for tornado disaster relief.