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 and the Congregational Development staff in their preliminary stage of development.

Application Form/Checklist:

PRELIMS:

  • Have a  preliminary conversation with Congregational Development staff.
  • Consult with your Area Bishop.
  • Review the detailed Check List of the application stages and related tasks.

STAGE 1:

  • Click the link to download the Project Feasibility Report.
  • Send your completed report to the Canon Missioner, Susan Bell, who will determine if your project meets MAF criteria and will contact you with next steps.
  • If your project is deemed feasible and eligible, share the report with your Area Bishop and request a letter of support, conditional upon PEMG endorsement of the final proposal.

STAGE 2:

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

  • Prepare a detailed MAF Grant Proposal based on your initial Feasibility Report. Your Coach will advise you on the necessary content and inclusions per the Check List and Process Overview flowchart.

STAGE 3:

With the recommendation of your PEMG coach and Area Bishop, your project will be presented to Executive Board and Diocesan Council for consideration and approval. If Diocesan Council approves funding for your project you will work with your assigned coach to carry out your parish’s transition based on the implementation plan while reporting progress to all stakeholders.

Timelines:

Complete application packages (final proposal and Bishop’s letter of support) must be received at least one (1) week 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.

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 Canon Missioner, Susan Bell, by email or by phone (416) 363-6021 ext. 208.

 

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