Ministry Allocation Fund Grants

The Ministry Allocation Fund (MAF) was created under the Capital Redeployment Policy of the Diocese which also sets up how this fund is managed and administered. It has been set up to provide grants or loans according to three broad categories:

i) Real Estate Purposes

The Executive Board will consider the needs of the Diocese and will recommend to Diocesan Council how to redeploy proceeds and any income earned thereon for real estate purposes. These recommendations can include making loans or grants to acquire real property, acquiring real property, forgiving or repaying parish debt incurred to acquire real property, or creating an endowment fund, the income of which is for real estate purposes.

Capital project grant funding may be provided for the expansion of existing churches, building of a new church, or property improvements to enhance Ministry.  Parishes are required to complete the “Ministry Allocation Fund Grant – Real Estate Purposes” application form which can be downloaded. The form is submitted to David Badian, Director of Property Resources,, for processing, along with supporting documents requested in the application. Canon 6 should be read. All proposed building matters need to be discussed with the Area Bishop in their initial stage of development. It is suggested that David Badian, Director of Property Resources, also be consulted. If the building project includes alterations/improvements to Sunday School space, then application can also be made to the Trusts Committee for a Baker Fund Grant.

For further information please contact David Badian, Director of Property Resources, by email or by phone at 416-363-6021 ext. 245 (1-800-668-8932).

ii) Congregational Growth and Ministry Resources

The Executive Board will consider the needs of the Diocese and will recommend to Diocesan Council how to redeploy proceeds and any income earned thereon for congregational growth and ministry resources. These recommendations can include making loans or grants to Areas and, with the concurrence of Area Councils and Area Bishops, to congregations within Areas, creating programme materials, initiating leadership or people development strategies, or creating an endowment fund, the income of which is for congregational growth and ministry resources needs.

If you have a nugget of a good idea which requires additional funding, to help your parish grow; or if you wish to enhance your parish ministry, consider applying for a Congregational Growth grant.  To assist you in deciding whether this grant is appropriate, an Overview of the process and a Check List of the possible steps and tasks needed to secure and implement an MAF Grant have been prepared.

STAGE 1: FEASIBILITY REPORT – Complete the Project Feasibility Report using the template provided.  This exercise will help focus your ideas. Work done at this stage will mean less revision later.  Send your completed Report to the Congregational Development by email at mdoidge@toronto.anglican.ca.  Staff will determine if your project meets MAF criteria and will contact you with next steps.

STAGE 2: DETAILED MAF PROPOSAL AND APPROVAL PROCESS – If your idea falls within the scope of MAF you will be assigned a coach from our Project Enabling and Monitoring Group (PEMG). PEMG is made up of volunteer coaches who understand project management and our Diocesan granting system. Your coach will work with you to build the most viable MAF Proposal.  Your Area Bishop will sign off on the project and present it to Executive Board and Diocesan Council for consideration and approval.

STAGE 3: PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION – If Diocesan Council approves funding for your project you will work with your coach (assigned in Stage 2) to carry out your parish’s transition based on the implementation plan while reporting progress to all stakeholders.

For further information please contact Canon Dave Robinson, Director of Congregational Development by email or by phone (416) 363-6021 ext. 224.

iii) Creating New Forms of Ministry

The College of Bishops, in consultation with others, will consider the needs of the Diocese and will recommend to Diocesan Council how to redeploy proceeds and any income earned thereon for creating new forms of ministry. These recommendations can include making loans or grants to create ministry initiatives, initiating non-traditional ministry strategies, or to create an endowment fund, the income of which is for supporting new forms of ministry.

  • Reach Grants are one- time grants of $500 – $5,000. The grant funding is to assist local ministry with their initiative to reach those people who are not currently being reached by traditional forms of church.
  • Stretch Grants are now available to fill the gap between Reach Grant allocations and the much larger amounts of money disbursed through either Our Faith, Our Hope for as long as this fund exists, or the longer term Ministry Allocation Fund.  These are one-grants of $5,000 – $20,000.  Contact the Rev. Canon Susan Bell if you are a successful Reach Grant recipient and interested in pursing this further.