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Granting and Enabling

Grants Available to Communities of Faith

  • Mission Support
    For missions and ministries core funding needs
  • Good Samaritan Fund
    For programs to support seniors at risk
  • Erskine & American – Mountainside Fund
    For programs to support outreach or transformation
  • F.W. Kelley Trust Fund
    To support new or innovative ministry programs
  • Bhal Jun 발전 Fund
    To support ministries special needs
  • Ste-Thérèse Fund
    To support Laurentian Area Ministry in French
  • Trois Rivières Funds & Grand Mère Fund
    To support ministries in French
  • Light A Spark
    To support discernment and planning process for future ministries
  • United Church of Canada Foundation
    To support communities of faith in various programs

More information 

(Listed alphabetically; click on boxes to read more)

Bhal Jun 발전 Fund

To support ministries special needs

The “BHAL-JUN 발전 Fund” is one of the funds that provide monies to be used in projects throughout the Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council. On April 29, 2014, the Synode Montreal and Ottawa Conference Executive approved the name which means ‘development’ in Korean. Using proceeds of the sale of the Central Korean United Church in Montreal, this fund is intended to provide seed money for new, innovative and unique projects. It does not fund annual operational costs.

  • New Ministry Initiatives
  • Overseas Global Partner Support
  • Aboriginal Ministry
  • Youth and Young Adult
  • Intercultural
  • Transitional Work
  • Archives
  • Other

Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate clear goals with a well-developed plan for achieving the goals. Outcomes shall be measurable and a plan for assessment shall also be included.

The application will demonstrate the following:

  • Encourage new expressions of ministry with the ability to be vital and effective;
  • A strong faith commitment;
  • Good management of finances, staff and/or volunteers;
  • Cooperation among congregations or other groups;
  • Broad support from the church and, if appropriate, the community

Multi-year funding will be considered in appropriate circumstances, subject to regular progress reports and financial reports (funding for a maximum of three years).

Applicants who submit requests for funding for projects they previously received a grant for should be aware that they may not receive any funding in subsequent years or, if they do receive funding, that it will be at a reduced level.

The Leadership Team will not consider applications that are from or for the benefit of an individual or to reduce accumulated capital or operating deficits.

Accountability for the use of grants shall be governed by the following:

  • A plan for the project, its operations and assessment will be required;
  • Financial reporting shall be made available at predetermined times and upon request;
  • Regular evaluation of the project at predetermined times.
  • Applications shall have been approved by the governing body of the submitting group.

Bhal-Jun 발전 Grant Process

  1. Develop a vision and plan for the project.
  2. Use the standardized application form to detail the vision and plans.
  3. Obtain appropriate approvals.
  4. Send the application and supporting documentation to the Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council office (c/o Brian Ruse) indicating the application is for “BHAL-JUN 발전 Fund”
  5. The applicant will be notified that the application has been received and advised of the timeline for its consideration.
  6. Following consideration by the Granting and Enabling Leadership Team, the applicant will be contacted to be informed of the decision or to solicit further information.
  7. A final written evaluation report is expected and is an opportunity to celebrate the learnings of the project with the regional council.
Erskine & American – Mountainside Fund

For programs to support outreach or transformation

The Erskine and American Trust fund was established by Montréal Presbytery upon the amalgamation of the former Erskine and American United Church, and was intended to create a permanent endowment for continuing the vibrant outreach programmes of that Congregation’s heritage, as well as for new and transformational ministries within the future direction of our Church. The Trust Fund was renamed to include Mountainside United Church upon additional contribution to the endowment fund by Mountainside in 2018. The disbursement policy of the Trust will permit the Trustees to recommend grant expenditures of up to the limit of funds as calculated for each year based on the holdings in the Fund. Please note that all applicants must be located in the Province of Québec and be registered charitable organisations under the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Calls for applications to the Fund will be made each year at intervals decided upon by the Granting and Enabling Committee. This information will be updated and published accordingly as required. The Regional Council website may be consulted for the most recent information: https://nakonhakaucc.ca/resources/granting-and-enabling/

Applications are strictly limited to the form that is available on the above website, with no attachments. Any attachments will not be read or considered as part of the application. Should the Trustees require further information beyond the application form, you will be contacted.

The application procedure has been refined to assure that all applicants have the opportunity to present their programmes and causes, along with the associated financial needs, in a way that allows no important information to be accidentally omitted or overlooked. The new form streamlines the process, makes it easier for applicants to know exactly what is required, and simplifies the procedure for all organisations. This will help to remove any question of what information needs to be included, especially for new applicants, facilitating the process for both the applicants and the E & A Trustee review panel. The choice to change the application process co-incides with other changes in the United Church of Canada structure and administration, and fits with the timing of these changes.

Applications may be sent by post, fax or e-mail to the receiving office shown below, for arrival by the time and date stated on the website or on the application as downloaded therefrom. All applications will receive an acknowledgement by e-mail. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the office us to check that your material has been received.

Applications should contain a synopsis of the intended project, describe any partnering with other United Church institutions and include a budget. Please indicate if money is being received from any other United Church funding. Please also indicate if any other grants have been applied for or received.

The overall criteria of the Erskine and American-Mountainside Trust Fund are geared toward outreach and/or transformational ministries, or some combination the two. Projects should be directed to furthering the life and ministry of the United Church of Canada in the local area/region. The Erskine and American-Mountainside Fund is not intended for projects related to property renewal, or for supplementing staff salary expenses.

A follow-up report/evaluation is expected, indicating the actual outcome. This policy is strictly enforced, and failure to supply this information will result in denial of possible future grants.


Erskine and American Trust Fund
c/o Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council
225-50th Avenue, Lachine, Québec, H8T 2T7

Tel: 514-634-7015
Fax: 514-634-2489
E-mail: BRuse@united-church.ca


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F.W. Kelley Trust Fund

To support new or innovative ministry programs

The Kelley Trust was created by a bequest many years ago under the Will of Dr. Frederick Kelley who had been Sunday School Superintendent of Montreal West United Church and a founder of nearby Rockfield United Church in Ville Saint-Pierre, which had been sponsored by Montreal West UC.

Dr. Kelley’s Will provided for 3 Trustees, one of whom is the minister at Montreal West UC and the other two including a member of the Finance and Extension Board and a member of the Regional Council (formerly the Presbytery). The Trustees decide alone (and unanimously) on all grants and NO Regional Council approval is needed – according the Trustees normally act very quickly on applications.

The Kelley Fund focus is on new and innovative ministry programs, particularly with a strong hands-on involvement of United Church folk in witnessing and learning. There is a three-year limit on support grants, preferring start-ups or other initiatives (including one-time events) intended to promote United Church spiritual life and presence in our community. The Kelley Trust is very much about faith enhancement and transformation.

The Kelley Trust Fund has up to $30,000 annually to disburse (as it limits expenditures to 5% of the capital balance which is about $600,000) and its grants are typically $2500 or less.

Application Process

Applications should be completed on the general application form established by the Granting and Enabling Leadership Team and should be sent by email or mail to the Regional Council Office which contacts the Trustees and communicates their decisions. The Trustees can be approached verbally but the contact person should be the Minister at Montreal West United Church.

The Kelley Trustees as of January 1, 2020 are Rev. Mark Hammond, Fred Braman and Renate Sutherland.

Good Samaritan Fund

For programs to support seniors at risk

The Good Samaritan Fund is established with The United Church of Canada Foundation (UCCF) as a perpetual endowment fund. This fund was created with fifty percent (50%) of the assets from the sale of the United Church Montreal Homes for Elderly People (Griffith-McConnell Residence) building ($2.25 million) along with all of the assets held by the Good Samaritan Foundation / La Fondation du Bon Samaritan ($2.5 million) and the assets of the Amelia Toeper Fund ($0.15 million). This fund will total approximately $7 million.

Projects relating to work for the relief of the aged in the Province of Quebec and seniors at risk (with special attention paid to those within the jurisdiction of Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council) will benefit most from these funds, in line with the original intent of the mission of The United Church Montreal Homes for Elderly People (Griffith-McConnell Residence).

The Good Samaritan Committee also encourages applications for smaller one-time projects such as funding for a speaker series, projects of short duration, etc. Capital improvement projects or computer expenses will not be considered.

Following the best practices of Canadian charitable foundations, the Fund will disburse approximately $350,000 per annum. A staggered and tiered granting process is recommended to ensure funds are available each year. Grant disbursements typically range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $35,000.

Generally, grants are disbursed in installments bi-annually. All recipients will be subject to annual reviews (or more frequent if the committee deems necessary) before the next installment of their grant is distributed. This may involve an onsite inspection in addition to financial review. If grants for Quebec area projects do not expend the annual disbursement limit, the United Church of Canada Foundation may use the remainder for seniors’ projects elsewhere in Canada as per the terms of the Good Samaritan Fund or Watkins Fund for innovative seniors’ ministry.

Good Samaritan Fund Application Process

The committee will announce a call for applications twice a year—in the spring and in the fall.

Applications may only be accepted from a legal, registered, Canadian charitable organisation (or must be sponsored by a UCC ministry site if the organisation is not incorporated) and each project must be associated in some way with the United Church of Canada (UCC). The Good Samaritan Fund does not cover computer or capital expenses.

Applications should be submitted using the standard Regional Council grant application form and should be accompanied by a completed Regional Council grant outcomes report for any past grants received.

Light A Spark

To support discernment and planning process for future ministries

Communities of Faith are facing a number of challenges including, in a number of cases, their very viability. The principal goal of the The Light A Spark/Allumer Un Étincelle Program Initiative is to “spark” initiatives by Communities of Faith to seriously engage in a process to discern the future of their ministry and directions for the future and to embark on a plan to get there.

Light A Spark/Allumer Un Étincelle provides funding to engage outside professional facilitation to assist in this process of discernment, such as the EDGE consulting group of the United Church and others. Typically the process serves to bring clarity to the goal to be attained, to identify possible options within the Community of Faith and with the wider community, and a plan to get there. Not infrequently it involves a consultation with the wider community to identify ministry options “outside the walls”.

This direction for discernment can take different forms and directions, For example, this could include amalgamation, merger, or sharing of resources with another Community of Faith or Communities of Faith. It could involve a changing or enhancement of direction including, for example, a different focus of the ministry by “looking outside the walls” and engaging with the wider community even partnering with community-based organizations to meet pressing community needs. The discernment is both inward, “what feeds the spirit of the community” and outward “what are we called to do, what are possible options, and what are paths forward?”

Experience has shown that this process is often driven by a sense of necessity not infrequently by pressing financial and/or building/property concerns. Discernment as to possible direction options and concrete steps and a plan can be difficult as often decisions need to be taken where there are very different and sometimes seemingly irreconcilable positions taken by groups within the Community of Faith. The challenge is to discern a path forward and to proceed on that path. Professional facilitation can help this process.

Program criteria

The principal criteria is a demonstrated commitment by the Community of Faith to strengthen/evolve their ministry and demonstrated “life” and leadership within the Community of Faith to move forward. The proposal could involve more than one Community of Faith (as was the case in the Laurentian Area Ministry (LAM) or partnership between a Community of Faith and an outside organization such as a community-based organization. The goal is revitalized ministry.

Collaborations and partnerships are encouraged. Proposals could, for example, involve two or more ministries in joint program proposals where this could lead a sharing of resources, closer collaboration, and a strengthened relevant ministry(ies). Proposals could also include collaboration/ partnership with, for example, an NGO or community organization(s).

Program proposals should be submitted to the Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council c/o the Granting and Enabling Leadership Team. A general application form is available on the website or from the Regional Council Office. Approval of the proposal by the applicant’s Board of Directors/Official Board is required to establish “buy in”. The Proposal should set out the budget to carry out the proposal, the qualifications of the consultant to be engaged, the steps to be taken, provision for reporting on progress, challenges encountered, and results achieved.

Learnings from the experiences gained by this program will be shared such that other ministries can benefit from these experiences as they discern options for their futures and to provide a forum for the sharing of experiences and ideas.

Ste-Thérèse Fund

To support Laurentian Area Ministry in French

Trois Rivières Funds & Grand Mère Fund

To support ministries in French

The purpose of the grants is to offer training, resources, and support for special projects or events in the categories of:

  • Youth camperships and/or travel to camp,
  • Eastern Region lay reps to Regional Council meetings and travel for Supervisors [Eastern Region includes Trois-Rivières, Sept-Îles, Harrington Harbour, Kinnear’s Mills, Inverness, Thetford Mines, Quebec City and Metis Beach]
  • Support for Student Intern program,
  • Licensed Lay Worship Leadership training,
  • French and Bilingual (E/F) ministryOutreach

It is not intended for the purpose of supporting staff salary or the work of an already ongoing ministry. Applications must be received prior to the dates of an event, or activity, with the exception of reimbursement for Eastern Region travel which should be claimed within a month of said travel.

The application must come through a recognized Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council community of faith (formerly known as an Outreach ministry, Community ministry, Youth or Special ministry).

The project or event must not be already receiving funding from Mission Support or another UCC fund, to assure that the same project is not benefitting from two different funds.

Each project is limited to one grant per year, but the project can be renewed in a second year if it is proved that such will be beneficial to the outcome.

Preference will be given to projects which show congregational, community or special ministry involvement in terms of time and or money.

NB: The maximum amount to be granted annually is $6,000

The Grand-Mere Fund is designated for support of the Camino Family Camp

  • The grants are to be given in compliance with the “Mandate of the M&O Conference French Ministry Working Committee” [Mandate of June 8, 2007], drawing upon up to $25,000 of capital.
  • Applications are to be made through the Granting and Enabling Leadership Team (c/o Brian Ruse). Deadline for applications is May 22nd. The team may choose to add additional deadlines as the need arises.
  • The purpose of the grants is to offer training, resources, and support for French or bilingual (E/F) ministry special projects or events. It is not intended for the purpose of supporting staff salary or the work of an already ongoing ministry. It is not intended for French language training.
  • The application will come through a recognized Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council UC Congregation, Outreach ministry, Community ministry, Youth or Special ministry, Educational ministry, or committee of the Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council.
  • The project or event must not be already receiving funding from Mission Support or another UCC fund, to assure that the same project is not benefiting from two different funds.
  • Each project is limited to one grant per year, but the project can be renewed in a second year if it is proved that such will be beneficial to the outcome
  • Preference will be given to projects which show congregational, community or special ministry involvement in terms of time and or money.

Grant request guidelines (Grant Application) for various projects arising out of French ministries being addressed to the Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council will include:

  1. A detailed description of the proposed project, including its duration (normally one year).
  2. A description of the anticipated outcomes and benefits provided.
  3. A budget for the project; the budget shall include:
    • All income and expenditures (the requested amount can include amounts for honorariums and mileage at the regional council rate).
    • A copy of the most recent annual report from the accountable ministry, including the annual financial statement and all the reserve funds. A letter of support from the Official Board or equivalent ministry to whom the project is accountable must accompany the application.
  4. An indication of how the financial aid received will be publicly recognized.
  5. A Grant Outcomes Report must be sent without fault following the end date of the project indicating the actual outcome.

NB: The maximum amount to be granted is $6,000

Mission Support

For missions and ministries core funding needs

The purpose of the Regional Council Mission Support Grant is to provide financial support to communities of faith (pastoral charges, outreach ministries/community ministries), and other identified projects that need financial assistance.

Each year the General Council of The United Church of Canada makes funds available to support identified mission activities in regional councils. The Communities in Ministry Unit (CIM), in consultation with the regional councils, allocates blocks of money for Mission Support Grants. These are awarded by the regional councils after careful consideration of expressed needs and church resources. Within the limit of the General Council funds allocated, each regional council has considerable flexibility in establishing its own priorities.

Mission Support Grants Application Process

The Mission Support Grant process requires the following:

  1. Application form (MSG Revised: 2021 Mission Support and Regional Council Grant) can be downloaded from www.united-church.ca/forms and is also available from your regional council office. It must be fully completed with required financial documentation attached. It can be submitted by e-mail attachment or regular mail.
  2. Proof of charitable status. Have you filed last year’s CRA T3010 form? A copy of the CRA printout must be included with application.
  3. Approval by regional council. Applications must be submitted to Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council office (c/o Brian Ruse) by September 15.
United Church of Canada Foundation

To support communities of faith in various programs

For more information: https://www.unitedchurchfoundation.ca/

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NOTE: Mission Support Grant Application (MSG Revised: 2021 Mission Support and Regional Council Grant) available at www.united-church.ca/forms

Deadlines for application

  • September 15, 2020

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Please send completed applications and outcome reports to Brian Ruse, Finance and Administration.

E-mail: BRuse@united-church.ca
Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council
225-50th Avenue, Lachine, Québec, H8T 2T7
Tel: 514-634-7015
Fax: 514-634-2489

For information about Technology Support Grants, please see the United Church of Canada web site

For additional funding possibilities, visit The United Church of Canada Foundation web page