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. The Hamilton Conference Mission Strategy and Support Committee, made up of representatives from various presbyteries, does the challenging work of receiving and discerning mission support grant requests. For more information see our Mission Support Grants page.

 

UCC Youth and Young Adult Vision Fund Grants

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

  1. Innovative, creative, and new youth and young adult ministries are eligible for a grant of up to $3,000 per year per application. If congregations or groups do additional fundraising they can apply and receive up to an additional $3,000 for a total of $6,000 per year. For more info see: https://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/being-community/vision-fund.
  2. Flourishing Ministries: Each triennium, grants of $25,000 per year are given to two exemplary, transformative, and ongoing mission programs. These programs embrace methods for people to enter relationships marked by service and engagement with God’s mission in the world. They must include a theological rationale and strong faith content. The application deadline is November 25 preceding a General Council year. Grant recipients are commissioned at General Council. For more info see: https://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/being-community/vision-fund. 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 for first third ministry leaders. Support is available for continuing education events with a focus on First Third Ministry (children, youth, young adults, camp, campus ministry, family ministry). Volunteers and congregational designated ministers (CDMs) can receive up to $500 per person, per year; designated lay ministers (DLMs) and ordered ministers can receive up to $300 per person, per year. This $50,000 bursary fund is meant to develop leaders in First Third Ministry. Books and association memberships are not funded and there is a cap of $1,000 per pastoral charge per year. Applications deadlines are March 5, June 5, September 15, and November 25. For more info see: https://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/being-community/vision-fund.

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

Amy Crawford
Team Leader Communities in Mission
416-231-7680 ext. 4186
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4186
acrawford@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 .