Mission Support Grants Within Hamilton Conference

Mission Support Grants come from a budgeted amount of funding from the national church through the Mission and Service Fund of The United Church of Canada.

In November 2014 the Executive of General Council approved a 2015 Mission Support grant allocation to Hamilton Conference for $277,000.00. After thoughtful and prayerful consideration of the Conference applicants’ mission and financial resource needs, the Hamilton Conference Mission Strategy and Support Committee approved the following 2015 Mission Support Grant allocations: See summary of 2015 Mission Support Grants.

UCC Vision Fund Grants to Support Youth and Young Adult Ministries

The United Church of Canada Youth and Young Adult Vision Fund offers three grants for United Church congregations:

  1. Seed Grants for trips or projects for new initiatives in youth and young adult ministries in the United Church of Canada. Up to $3,000 plus another $3,000 (maximum) if matching funds are obtained. For more info see: http://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/vision-fund-seed-grants.pdf.
  2. Flourishing Ministries supports identity-shaping and transformative youth and young adult ministries. For more info see: http://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/vision-fund-flourishing-grants.pdf.
    Up to $25,000 a year for 3 years. Applicants must have already received a Seed Grant. One grant in the 2012-14 funding cycle is available.
  3. Bursaries for continuing education and development of youth and young adult ministry leaders. For more info see: http://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/vision-fund-flourishing-grants.pdf.

Grants of between $300-$500

There are four deadlines each year: March 4, June 3, September 9 and November 25.

Amy Crawford is the Vision Fund Administrator, contact info below.

Amy Crawford, Vision Fund Administrator
Communities in Ministry Unit
The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor St. West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Toll-free: 1-800-268-3781
Tel: 416-231-7680, ext. 4186
Fax: 416-231-3103,

Attn: Amy Crawford, E-mail: visionfund@united-church.ca

Investment in Mission and Ministry Fund

The Investment in Mission and Ministry Fund was created with gratitude from the sale proceeds of Hamilton Conference churches that ceased to exist and who chose to leave a legacy that gives birth to new life. The fund seeks to encourage and support defining, developing and/or implementing, and documenting/evaluating new visioning and new directions in mission and ministry in congregations, pastoral charges, ministries, and presbyteries within the bounds of Hamilton Conference.

The Conference fund has three “pathways,” with priority being given to projects that address the Conference mission and ministry priorities. Priority will be given to applications that indicate shared funding and/or partnerships with other potential sources and applications that have already secured partial funding. Partners can be other United Churches, other denominations or faith groups, community agencies, etc. and not necessarily be monetary in nature. The fund is administered and allocated through the Mission Strategy and Support Committee of Hamilton Conference.

There are 3 application deadlines annually: January 31, April 30, and August 31.  Applications must be completed with all required documentation attached before they can be considered.

Information and Grant Application – PDF

Sample Budget

Sample Balance Sheet

Previously Funded Projects with contacts

Alma Labyrinth Project: A PowerPoint presentation about a project supported by the Mission and Ministry Fund.

Photo of Alma Labyrinth

 

Financial Support Opportunities

The United Church of Canada offers Capital Assistance Congregational  Loans, Capital Assistance grants for modest income congregations only (limited), Congregational Development loans, Church/Manse Modernization and Improvement grants (limited), technology support grants (limited), loans and/or (limited) grants for Camps and Education/Retreat Centres. Visit:

http://www.united-church.ca/files/handbooks/financialresources_abbrev.pdf .