Creative Ministry with Children and Youth Fund

Creative Ministry with Children and Youth Fund2019-04-23T16:23:05-04:00

“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.”

Psalm 127:3

The congregation of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Beaconsfield, Quebec, received a grant from the Creative Ministry with Children and Youth Fund to develop a music-based program that encourages children to participate more fully in their weekly worship services.

Purpose

purpose of the Creative Ministry with Children and Youth Fund of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) is to encourage the development of Christian education programs for children and youth and to cultivate excellence in the area of Christian education leadership within the PCC.

Administration

The fund is administered by Canadian Ministries of the Life and Mission Agency of the PCC. The right to grant or refuse requests will be at the discretion of Canadian Ministries on the basis of the priorities of the Life and Mission Agency. Decisions for the distribution of the fund will be made at regular intervals by the Life and Mission Agency through Canadian Ministries.

Conditions of Disbursement

Grants will be made available to congregations and outreach missions to develop Christian education programs for children and youth. One-time grants will also be made available to individuals working in the eld of Christian education within the PCC to encourage participation in the following two leadership training events: Canada Youth, Youth Ministry Training track and The Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators (APCE) annual event.

Programs * Sponsoring bodies shall provide a proposed budget for the program and a plan for sustainability for those programs designed to be on-going. * The sponsoring body must provide at least one-third of the cost of the program. * The fund supports up to two-thirds of the cost, to a maximum of $8,000. * In most cases the maximum length of funding will be two years, with a preference for projects that can be completed within one year. *Congregations and outreach ministries seeking to hire Christian educators to develop Christian education programming are welcome to apply. *Preference will be given to first-time applicants. *Preference will be given to new initiatives. *A grant can be terminated because of an unreasonable extension of the time, or because of failure to implement the project as submitted in the application.

Continuing Education

In the years in which Canada Youth is held up to 10 grants of $500.00 will be made available to Christian educators enrolled in the Canada Youth, Youth Ministry Training track. Each year, up to 6 grants of $750.00 will be made available to Christian educators to attend the annual Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators event.

Expectations

After Receiving a Grant 1 Photographs and a summary of the program will be submitted to Canadian Ministries within four weeks after the program has been completed. This enables your story to be shared with the denomination. Conference participants are expected to submit a short report outlining key takeaways and a description of how the conference will impact their ministry with children and youth. Applicants must add to any literature the following acknowledgement: “Supported in part by a bequest from The Presbyterian Church in Canada.”

Getting Started With Your  Grant Application

To get started with your grant application, download our Grant Application Checklist. This checklist will help guide you in preparing and double checking your grant proposal. As you write your grant proposal, go back to this checklist from time to time to make sure you are right on track. This checklist is just a tool and does not need to be included in your application.

To complete the application, you’ll need:

  • To provide a full description of your proposed project, including the project’s objectives and activities.
  • Indicate whether it is a new or continuing project. If continuing, describe how the project continues a former initiative in a new way. You will also need to identify the beneficiaries of the project.
  • Indicate if the project funding is one-time or will be ongoing. If ongoing, describe where you will get future funding to support the project.
  • Describe how the project is creative/innovative for the ministry and denomination.
  • Describe how the project expresses the Good News of the Gospel to children and youth.
  • To provide a full budget that clearly delineates the costs of the project to be met by the funding.
  • Upload an extract/endorsement from the ministry’s governing body
  • Provide contact information for applicant, congregation, presbytery, synod or sponsoring ministry
  • Include the charitable status number of applicant’s ministry

When you are ready to apply, click on the link below. You will be asked to fill out  a form with you name and email. This will send you an email with a link to launch the main form. This process allows you to save and continue the form at a later date, as needed. Check your junk mail if you don’t see the email in your inbox.  

FAQ

All congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Canada are eligible to apply, as well as non-congregational ministries that are identified as outreach missions of the PCC.

Many churches are exploring exciting new ways to help children and youth discover and embrace a growing relationship with Christ. Funds have been used to support Messy Church, music programs, bible camps, programming for children with exceptional needs, outreach programs to connect with schools and neighbourhood groups, and more. For inspiration, visit the ‘Funds in Action’ section.

Your congregation or ministry can apply for funding up to a maximum of $8,000 (two-thirds of the total program cost).

When writing your grant application, be sure to include important information about how your program/project will serve a need in your church or community, the objective(s) that you are hoping to accomplish, and the resulting impact. You are welcome to attach a supplementary profile or ministry plan that explains the program or project in greater detail. Use our hand “Getting Started” checklist

This will send you an email with a link to launch the main form. This process allows you to save and continue the form at a later date, as needed. Check your junk mail if you don’t see the email in your inbox.

If you still have questions, contact Jen Astop, Grant Program Coordinator, at 1-800-619-7301 ext. 298 or email jastop [at] presbyterian [dot] ca

Creative Ministry with Children and Youth Fund Grants at Work