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. Please read the guidelines and application forms carefully in each case.
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.