The purpose of the Niven Fund of The Presbyterian Church in Canada is to financially support missionary work assisting the spread of religious teaching within the province of Ontario. This fund will assist applicants to receive training, instruction and education for Christian service.


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. Approximately $3,000 per year is available for distribution from this fund. Preference will be given to first-time applicants.

Conditions of Disbursement

  • Applicants will be from or will attend a program in the province of Ontario
  • Priority will be given to non-clergy applicants
  • At least one-third of the total cost shall be provided by the applicant or other body
  • The program or event should be sponsored by an organization or group whose theological and educational stance is in keeping with the PCC.

Expectations After Receiving the Grant

Photographs and a summary of the conference 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.

Continued Contributions to the Fund

Donors who wish to contribute to this fund may donate online (designating your gift to “Niven Fund”) or contact Karen Plater in Stewardship & Planned Giving or Jen de Combe in Canadian Ministries.