The Presbyterian Church in Canada offers various funding to help congregations in a variety of areas including children and youth ministry, worship, lay training, conferences, building projects, mission work, specialized ministries and ministerial assistance.

Innovation Grants for Faith Formation and Public Witness

Congregations and ministries are adapting quickly and in amazing ways to changing circumstances. Many have begun live streaming their services, others are sending out reflections and prayers each week and still others are sharing the elements of the liturgy in creative new ways. Pastoral care and outreach teams are responding faithfully to the increased needs within their congregations and communities. The church is finding ways to witness in this new context.

In order to encourage congregations and ministries to exercise innovation and adaptability in the area of discipleship, faith sharing and community programs, the Life and Mission Agency is offering innovation grants of $1,000 to congregations and ministries that qualify.

Criteria

Congregations, camps and social ministries must be under the care of a presbytery or synod of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

A priority will be given to grant applications related to new programs.

Funds can also be used to adapt existing programs. To qualify, ministries will need to demonstrate a substantial change to program elements and format. Funds will not be provided to support the continuation of regular ministry programs.

The programs developed must be in the area of faith formation or provide public witness by sharing the love of God through the love of neighbour. Ministries will need to explain the theological rationale for their programs and provide a description of how biblical teachings will be communicated to participants.

Examples of discipleship programs include:

    • Development of faith formation material for children while they are out of school;
    • Launch of online support groups for parents that equip for faith formation at home;
    • Development of mentorship programs that connect younger and older congregation members, etc.

Examples of public witness programs include:

    • Christian public art projects;
    • Development of a prayer program for health professionals;
    • Development of a lecture series that draws together community and local leaders, etc.

Programs must communicate biblical teachings or engage participants in theological reflection.

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis until June 15, 2020.

Ministries will need to provide an endorsement from their session or board of oversight.

Approved ministries will be required to submit a photo of a voided cheque via email in order to collect funds.

Ministries will provide a report within 4–6 weeks of the ministry’s launch. A template will be provided.

Additionally, most ministries will be required to send in a short video clip of the program in action.

INNOVATION GRANT APPLICATION FORM

Program Funds

  • Avondbloem Experimental Fund – This fund provides grants to individuals or groups within The Presbyterian Church in Canada, or to projects recommended by them, to support experimental projects which will help to spread the message of Jesus Christ and further the Kingdom of God.
  • Bursary for Lay Training – This fund was established to provide financial assistance for lay people of The Presbyterian Church in Canada to receive short-term training, instruction and enrichment for Christian service.
  • Conference Support – This fund assists sponsoring groups in running small or larger conferences within Canada.
  • Congregational Loans  – The purpose of these funds is to provide principal and interest loans to congregations.
  • Continuing Education for Christian Educators  – Drawing from the Creative Ministry with Children and Youth fund, one-time grants are available to Christian Educators to participate in designated training events.
  • Creative Ministry with Children and Youth  – This fund assists ministries of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in planning new one-time or ongoing creative ministry projects within Canada.
  • New and Renewed Ministry Fund – This funds seeks to support ministry leaders and congregations as they open themselves up to discerning God’s vision and exploring new opportunities to live out Christ’s mission.
  • Niven  – The purpose of this fund is to financially support missionary work assisting the spread of religious teaching within the Province of Ontario.
  • Regional Resourcing Grants – Partnership with synods and presbyteries to support initiatives across the country.
  • Rural and Remote Ministry Grant – This fund is separated into two streams; one to encourage students to consider rural and remote areas for ministry upon graduation and the other to help congregations access consistent leadership. Read more here…
  • Special Projects – The purpose of this fund is to help fund small projects created by non-congregational ministries within The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
  • Worship and Liturgy  – This fund was established to encourage and assist people who are committed to improving their knowledge and skills as leaders in worship within The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Capital Funds

  • McBain-Barker – The purpose of this fund is to assist congregations in small communities of The Presbyterian Church in Canada that seek assistance with small capital improvements to church buildings.
  • Chisholm – This fund assists congregations and missions complete small capital projects or develops new programs. Priority will be given to proposals from Presbyterian ministries in Saskatchewan and then western Canada.
  • Special Projects – The purpose of this fund is to help fund small projects created by non-congregational ministries within The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
  • Congregational Loans  – The purpose of these funds is to provide principal and interest loans to congregations.
  • Lending FundRequest Additional Information

Supporting Ministry Grants

Visit Canadian Ministries, Supporting Ministry Grants for more information and the online application. Grants are given to support ministry in one of these four categories as defined by The Life and Mission Agency:

  • New Congregational Development
  • Renewing Ministries
  • Specialized Ministries
  • Sustaining Ministries

Scholarship

Fund for Ministerial Assistance

  • Fund for Ministerial Assistance – The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support for ministers and diaconal workers of The Presbyterian Church in Canada who are at or near minimum stipend, as set by the General Assembly.

For more information about funds, please email Canadian Ministries or call 1-800-619-7301 ext. 290.