he Ministry Allocation Fund (MAF) was created under the Capital Redeployment Policy of the Diocese, which 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: Real Estate Purposes.
MAFs for Real Estate Purposes initially fall under the jurisdiction of the Property Resources department, but are ultimately reviewed by the Executive Board. The Executive Board will consider the needs of the Diocese and 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
- creating an endowment fund whose income is for real estate purposes
Grant funding for capital projects may be provided for:
- expanding an existing church
- building a new church
- property improvements, provided there is measurable enhancement of parish ministry
Consult the approval requirements prescribed under Canon 6. All capital improvement projects must be discussed with the area bishop and the Director of Property Resources in their initial stage of development. MAF Grants are not for capital repairs or deferred maintenance.
If the building project includes alterations/improvements to Sunday School space, you can also apply for a Baker Fund Grant.
Application form / checklist
- Download the Ministry Allocation Fund Grant – Real Estate Purposes application form
- Consult with your area bishop and the Director of Property Resources
- Your application should include:
- a completed form with signatures of the incumbent and churchwardens of the parish
- a letter of support from the area bishop
- a copy of the vestry resolution giving approval in this matter
- most recent audited annual report to vestry, including all financial statements
- current operating fund statements – year-to-date
- plans or sketches of the project, including site plan, floor plans and elevation drawings, stamped and signed by both an architect and an engineer
- quotations or estimates that are within 5% of budget
- Submit the application to Wendy Pearson, Property Resources Specialist, for processing.
Complete application packages must be received at least one week before the Executive Board meeting date (this year’s schedule is available on the Executive Board page). The Secretary of Synod will advise the parish in writing within two weeks of Diocesan Council’s approval under Canon 6.
What is the typical range of the MAF Real Estate Purposes Grant award?
It depends on 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, so don’t leave this until the last minute. Ideally, your bishop should be apprised of your plans from the earliest stages.
Why do we need a vestry motion?
A vestry motion confirms that the parish supports the scope of work being undertaken.
For more information, contact Wendy Pearson, Property Resources Specialist, at 416-363-6021, ext. 245 (1-800-668-8932).