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Financial Support

General Guidelines:
The regional council has funding available to support particular ministry initiatives. Applications are received twice yearly on April 1 and October 1.
Applications are assessed against the criteria outlined for the fund and the way in which the application meets the purpose of the fund.

Who May Apply?
Applications must receive the approval of the governing body of the community of faith within the bounds of Regional Council who will receive and manage the grant.

Accountability:
All grant recipients are required to send a brief written report with financial statement to arwrc@united-church.ca by January 31 of the year following receipt of funding (indicating in subject line the grant which was received).

Fund Details:
Can be found in the Governance Handbook.

 

Section I: Support from Antler River Watershed Regional Council

Engaging Stewardship Fund

Terms of Reference
Available Funds: This is ARW’s share of the remaining balance of funds entrusted to London
Conference for this purpose. The fund will be expended and not replenished.
Purpose
To promote support of the Mission and Service Fund.
Granting Body and Oversight: Mission and Discipleship Commission
The Mission and Discipleship Commission will report annually to the regional council on how the
funds have promoted Mission and Service.
Criteria
The Mission and Discipleship Commission will have access to the fund to support events promoting
stewardship and Mission and Service.
Procedure
The decision to access the fund will be made by the Mission and Discipleship Commission.
Grant Payment
Approval will be forwarded to the Treasurer and Executive Minister for payment and tracking.

Institute for Specialized Ministry Fund

Terms of Reference
Available Funds: Up to 30% of the principal per calendar year.
Purpose
Events/Training for youth ministry leaders.
Granting Body and Oversight: Mission and Discipleship Commission
The Mission and Discipleship Commission will report annually, starting in 2021, to the regional council
on how the funds have supported training for youth leaders and ministers.
Criteria
Applications will be considered to assist with the sponsorship of events and training provided through
or in partnership with Antler River Watershed regional council for youth leaders and ministers.
Procedure
Applications will be submitted to the Mission and Discipleship Commission.
Grant Payment
Approval will be forwarded to the Treasurer and Executive Minister for payment and tracking.

Investment in Leadership Fund

Terms of Reference
Purpose
To provide both ministry personnel and lay leaders with financial assistance for learning events.
Criteria
To share equitably the funding allotted to our Regional Council, grants will be limited to one-third
(1/3) of the associated costs, to a limit of five hundred dollars ($500). There is no longer an
expectation that the Community of Faith and applicant must share the remaining costs equally.
• Applications can only be received by an individual once per calendar year.
• At least half (1/2) of the entire fund is reserved for grants to lay leaders.
Granting Body and Oversight: Executive

Middlesex Resource Centre Fund

Terms of Reference
Available Funds: All prior year interest earned plus up to 15% of principal available to be granted
annually.
Purpose
To support resource centre ministries and camps.
Granting Body and Oversight: Mission and Discipleship Commission
The Mission and Discipleship Commission will report annually to the regional council on how the
funds have supported resource centres and camps.
Criteria
Applications will be considered for:
1. Resource centre events.
2. The purchase of resources for a specific camp program.
3. Recipients will submit a report and evaluation of the grant receiving project to the M&D
Commission within one month of a resource centre event.
Procedure
Applications will be submitted to the Mission and Discipleship Commission.
Grant Payment
Approval will be forwarded to the Treasurer and Executive Minister for payment and tracking.

Ministry with Youth and Young Adults Fund

Terms of Reference
Available Funds: All prior year interest earned plus up to 15% of principal available to be granted
annually.
Purpose
Support for ministry with youth and young adults.
Granting Body and Oversight: Mission and Discipleship Commission
The Mission and Discipleship Commission will report annually to the regional council on how the funds
have supported ministry with youth and young adults.
Criteria
1. Grants will normally be for one-time grants to a maximum of $5,000.
2. Grants in excess of this amount or for a multi-year project will require the applicant to meet
with the Mission and Discipleship Commission.
3. Recipients will submit a report and evaluation of the grant receiving project to the M&D
Commission within one month of the event.
Procedure
Applications will be submitted to the Mission and Discipleship Commission.
Grant Payment
Approval will be forwarded to the Treasurer and Executive Minister for payment and tracking.

Rural Ministry Leadership Fund

Terms of Reference
Available Funds: All prior year interest earned plus up to 15% of principal available to be granted
annually.
Purpose
To support training for rural ministry.
Granting Body and Oversight: Executive
The Executive will report annually to the regional council on how the funds have supported rural
ministry leadership.
Criteria
1. Licensed Lay Worship Leader (LLWL) training and support and support for rural ministry
events.
2. Up to 30% of the annual grants will be made available for LLWL leadership training.
3. Resource opportunities focused on rural leadership. Evaluation within one month of the
event.
Procedure
Applications to be submitted to the Executive. The application form will be designed for events to
which communities of faith with a rural postal code can apply.

Vision Fund

Terms of Reference
Available Funds: Funds up to a maximum of $15,000 per calendar year are available to assist in
innovation in multi-partner endeavours.
Purpose
To support regional council visionary initiatives. This fund enables the regional council to work in
partnership with others in experiments in innovation.
Granting Body and Oversight: Executive
The Executive will report annually to the regional council on how the funds have been used to spark
ministry innovation.
Recipients will submit a report and evaluation of the grant receiving project to the Executive in time
for the next regional council meeting.
Criteria
Applications will be considered for innovations in which the regional council might be a partner or
sponsor.
Procedure
Applications will be submitted to the Executive.
Grant Payment
Approval will be forwarded to the Treasurer and Executive Minister for payment and tracking.

Section II:

Windsor-Essex United Church Development Fund

Loans: capital assistance for United Churches in Essex County
Grants: for new, innovative and/or unique projects / ministries within the Windsor-Essex area
Contact: Elaine Mailloux  emailloux578@gmail.com

 
Hope Council
… more information to come
 
Oxford Legacy Fund
 
50% for supporting networks and clusters in Oxford County and
50% for supporting candidates for ministry from Oxford County communities of faith
Contact: Lynne Dunlop lynndunl@execulink.com
 

Section III: United Church of Canada Resources

Communities of faith with an annual income of less than $150,000 and unrestricted reserves of no more than $37,500 are eligible for grant programs supporting technology and capital improvements.

Please forward applications to the Covenant Commission. Once approved by the Commission, the application will be forwarded to the General Council.

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