From:                                         Peter Hartmans <>

Sent:                                           May 1, 2018 5:16 PM

To:                                               Barbara Hampson

Subject:                                     FW: Grants currently provided by presbyteries and Conferences


FYI, Peter


From: Hoang, Thivan <>
Sent: April 30, 2018 4:06 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Grants currently provided by presbyteries and Conferences


Sent on behalf of Erik Mathiesen, Chief Financial Officer & David Allen, Remit Implementation Project Leader


To:          Presbytery Chairs and Secretaries

                Conference Executive Secretaries/Speaker



As we move through the transition from presbyteries and Conferences to a regional council system, people have been wondering what will happen with grants that some presbyteries and some Conferences have been giving to ministries within their jurisdiction.


Following discussion with the current Executive Secretaries/Speaker, a process was developed that will combine the current system with the new one.  Here’s what it will look like:


  1. Presbyteries and Conferences will contact current or potential grant recipients in the normal manner.
  2. The following form will be used for all grant applications.  See MSG-revised” in the “Grant Applications” section at
  3. All applications except #4, below, will be returned to the Conference offices by August 31.
  4. Applications from Indigenous ministries will be sent directly to Stephanie Strachan at in the Aboriginal Ministries Council by August 31. Please let Stephanie know which Indigenous ministries you have contacted in case she needs to follow up with them directly.
  5. Applications will be forwarded to the Executive Ministers of the regional councils to be considered by a transitional commission which will have authority to make the grant decisions for 2019.  GC43 is being requested to appoint the commission to make decisions prior to the regional council’s governing structure being elected in early 2019.
  6. Presbyteries are invited to offer an opinion/recommendation on each application by October 31.


What is different:

  1. The application form deals with both General Council mission support grants and grants given by presbyteries and Conferences from other funds; the form is meant for 2019 only; regional councils will determine whether to use this form in subsequent years or develop an entirely new process.
  2. Grants will come from Mission & Service givings, not money received through the national assessment.  Each regional council will receive a grant meant for a variety of mission and ministry activities within the regional council. 
  3. If presbyteries or Conferences have earmarked funds for the grant applicants, they are asked to advise the commission by September 30 to assist with financial preparation for the granting process.


This is clearly a transitional time for the church; thanks for your part in making the change go as smoothly as possible.

If you have any questions, please be in touch.  You can also send questions to



Thivan Hoang

Remit Implementation Program Assistant
The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada
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