MAF Grants for Congregational Growth

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 provides grants or loans in three broad categories: real estate purposes; congregational growth and ministry resources; and creating new forms of ministry. The process for application for MAF grants follows a different approval path depending on the category. This is the approval path for MAF: Congregational Growth.

Guidelines:

MAFs for Congregational Growth and Ministry Resources initially fall under the jurisdiction of the Congregational Development Department of the Diocese, but are ultimately reviewed by the Project Enabling and Monitoring Group (PEMG), which makes recommendations for approval to the Executive Board. 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 congregations, creating program materials, initiating leadership or people development strategies, or creating an endowment fund, the income of which is for congregational growth and ministry resources needs.

All congregational development projects must be discussed with the Area Bishop in the preliminary stage of development.

Application Form/Checklist:

PRELIMS:

  • First, have a preliminary conversation with your Area Bishop. If the project meets with his or her approval, Congregational Development will be advised of this provisional support.
  • Next, contact Congregational Development staff to confirm that your project does indeed meet MAF criteria.
  • For your own information, review the MAF: Congregational Growth Task Check List.

STAGE 1:

  • Click the link to download the Project Feasibility Report.
  • First, send your completed feasibility report to the Director of Congregational Development, (interim contact David Krause), who will initiate a risk assessment of the project.
  • If your project is deemed feasible, the Director of Congregational Development will forward the feasibility report to your Area Bishop and request a letter of support. This support will be conditional upon PEMG endorsement of the final, detailed grant proposal.

STAGE 2:

If your idea falls within the scope of MAF: Congregational Growth, you will be assigned a coach from the Project Enabling and Monitoring Group (PEMG). Collaborate with your assigned PEMG coach.

  • Expand your initial Feasibility Report into a detailed grant proposal. Your Coach will advise you on the necessary content and inclusions per the Check List and Process Overview flowchart. (Your Coach will not write the proposal for you, but will most certainly provide advice and support through the writing process.)

STAGE 3:

With the recommendation of your PEMG coach and Area Bishop’s support letter, your project will be presented to Executive Board and Diocesan Council for consideration and approval. (In some circumstances, your project team and/or your Area Bishop will make an oral report on the project to Diocesan Council.) If Diocesan Council approves funding for your project, you and your assigned coach will continue to work together to implement your project, make requisite progress reports, and adjust the scheduled flow of funds, if necessary.

Timelines:

Complete application packages (final proposal and Bishop’s letter of support) must be received at least two (2) weeks prior to the Executive Board meeting date (this year’s schedule is available on the Executive Board web page). PEMG will advise the parish in writing of the grant proposal’s final approval. You will be put in touch with the Finance Department to arrange for release of funds.

FAQs:

What is the typical range of the MAF Congregational Growth grant?
It is dependent upon the nature of the request. All reasonable applications will be considered.

Do we really need a letter of support from a Bishop? And how do we get one?
No application will be considered until it has been supported by your Area Bishop. Contact your Area Bishop’s Office to request a letter of support. The Bishop will need to see your application documents. Getting a support letter does take time. Don’t leave this until the last minute. Ideally, your Bishop should be apprised of your plans from the earliest stages.
Do we need to submit a feedback report?
Yes. You will be asked to report to your PEMG coach quarterly on your progress, modifying your benchmarks, if a course correction is necessary. You will also be asked to write a ‘lessons learned’ report at the end of the grant period.

For further information please contact the Director of Congregational Development, (interim contact David Krause), by email or by phone (416) 363-6021 ext. 207.

 

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