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Winifred Walton Ferguson Trust Grants

A Ferguson Grant is for the construction, purchase, alteration or renovation of a building or buildings within the Diocese for use as a home for aged men or women. Any such home shall be under the direct or indirect management of the Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Toronto.

Guidelines

Ferguson Grants fall under the jurisdiction of the Trusts Committee.

Application form / checklist

  • Download the Ferguson Grant application form
  • Consult with your area bishop
  • 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 meeting resolution giving approval in this matter
    • a copy of audited financial statements for the body operating the facility
  • Submit the application to Wendy Pearson, Property Resources Specialist, for processing.

Timelines

Complete application packages must be received at least one week before the Trusts Committee meeting date (available on the Trusts Committee page). If a grant is approved, parishes are typically notified in writing within one week of the meeting. Depending on when your complete application package is received, it can take about 30 days for a decision to be reached.

FAQs

What is the typical range of the Ferguson Fund Grant award?

It depends on the scope of the work.

When should we apply?

Whenever possible, you should apply before any project is commenced or contracted.

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.

How long do we have to claim payment from a grant?

A parish has one year from the date of being notified of its grant approval to claim payment. If the time period has elapsed, the parish must re-apply.

How often can we apply?

Not less than every 12 months.

Can grants be made retroactively?

No.

Do we need to submit a feedback report?

No.

For more information, contact Wendy Pearson, Property Resources Specialist, at 416-363-6021, ext. 245 (1-800-668-8932).