Available Programs

Seed Grants for Innovative Ministry

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.

As part of the church’s efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, each application includes questions about the environmental impact of the project. Extra consideration is given to projects that have an environmental focus.

Applications deadlines are March 5, June 5, September 15, and November 25.

Who Can Apply?

Applications are welcomed from faith communities in Canada. We encourage groups who are not connected to a specific congregation to apply (e.g., camps, education centres, campus ministries, community ministries), but a relationship to some accountable United Church group is required. Learn more about how applications are evaluated by reading the Seed Grants application and guidelines, below.

Continuing Education Bursaries 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.

Who Can Apply?

Volunteer leaders, CDMs, DLMs, and ordered ministry personnel serving in churches, camps, community ministries, and chaplaincies of the United Church can apply. A relationship to some accountable United Church group is required. Special consideration is given to leaders from remote settings, leaders who are themselves youth or young adults, and leaders who have no further continuing education funds provided to them.

Grants for Flourishing Ministry Programs

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.

Who Can Apply?

Applications are welcomed from faith communities in Canada. We encourage groups who are not connected to a specific congregation to apply (e.g., camps, education centres, campus ministries, community ministries), but a relationship to some accountable United Church group is required. Applicants for the Flourishing Mission Program grant must have received a Vision Fund grant in the past.

Reporting and Self-Evaluation

Successful applicants must commit to submitting an evaluation of the program or project to the Vision Fund Committee. These evaluations are used as a form of accountability, but more importantly, they are used to justify the fund for future years.

We encourage creative and interesting evaluations. They should comment on the difference the project made and the impact the grant had on its viability. If you are stumped on how to provide an evaluation, use the Self-evaluation Tool under Downloads, below.

The Vision Fund Committee

The Vision Fund Committee (a sub-group of the Communities in Ministry Unit Committee) receives and evaluates applications, informs applicants of their success, receives reports and evaluations from grant recipients, and promotes the fund. The committee consults with congregations, groups, and Conferences when necessary. General Council staff are non-voting members of the committee.

The committee is open to consultation on applications in process or to discuss the committee's decisions:

  • Alana Martin, Maritime Conference
  • Pheres Sekelala, Toronto Conference
  • John Durfey, Hamilton Conference

For more information, please contact:

Amy CrawfordTeam Leader, Communities in Mission416-231-7680 ext. 4186
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4186
acrawford [at] united-church.ca