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. For other funds, visit the Funds/Grants web page.
Supporting Ministry Grants are given to support ministry in one of the four following categories:
Through generous donations to Presbyterians Sharing, it is possible for The Presbyterian Church in Canada to partner with presbyteries, (synods, when applicable) and local ministries to support initiatives across the country. The courts of the church are vested with significant powers and responsibilities and are to take great care in reviewing proposed grant applications before endorsing and submitting applications for consideration by Canadian Ministries.
The denomination relies heavily upon the wisdom and insight of mission committees of presbyteries (and synods, when applicable) to assess the needs of the local context and forward requests to Canadian Ministries only after ensuring that there is strong appropriate leadership and support for new and renewing ministries and that they fit within the presbytery’s vision of mission and ministry.
Moreover, presbyteries (and synods, when applicable) are to endorse ministries only after careful and prayerful consideration and that are believed to have some measure of vitality and longevity.
Support from Governing Body – Extract of Minute
All applications require the endorsement of a ministry’s governing body; governing bodies provide oversight for ministries. Examples of governing bodies and ministries for which they provide oversight could include:
Presbytery – congregations, local missions, chaplains, etc.
Synod – camp and conference centres, etc.
Contact Canadian Ministries if you are unsure of the governing body to approach.
The following example provides all the necessary elements of an extract of minute that will be required for a complete application; the example can be used to make a motion at a presbytery or synod meeting. If the application is endorsed, the Clerk of Presbytery/Synod will provide the applicant with a copy of the extract to upload to the application.
Example: On motion of J. Calvin/J. Knox, upon review it was agreed that the Presbytery of Caledonia endorse the application and supporting documents from St. Andrew’s, O’Leary, PE to the Avondbloem Experimental Fund in the amount of $750 to support the [program name] in 2015 .
Questions about the Fund
If you have a question about making an application to the fund, please email Jen Astop in Canadian Ministries or call 1-800-619-7301 or 416-441-1111 ext. 298.
Continue Contributions to the Fund
Donors who wish to contribute to the Avondbloem Experimental Fund may email Karen Plater in Planned Giving or Jen de Combe in Canadian Ministries, or call 1-800-619-7301 or 416-441-1111 ext. 290.