Reach Grants

Reaching beyond the walls of our parish to create Christ-centred communities

Do you have ideas for local ministry that will reach people who are not currently being reached by traditional forms of church? You’re invited to apply for a Reach Grant, a one-time grant of $500-$5,000 that will help you get started.

Specific consideration will be given to ministry initiatives that intend to reach out to and connect effectively with the un-churched or the de-churched. These ministry initiatives will usually begin by building relationships with people, and have within them the intentionality to move into mission. The hope is that such mission would eventually result in building Christ-centred community reaching people where they are.

Applicants are asked to articulate in no more than two pages (further pages will not be read) the following criteria:

  1. Describe the ministry you would like to build with support from a Reach Grant.
  2. Whom do you propose to serve and why?
  3. What kinds of ministry will you be offering?
  4. What resources will be required and how much will it cost? (You may include a one page budget as an appendix.)
  5. Describe the stages through which your ministry will evolve.
  6. Where do you wish the ministry to be in six months, one year, two years ?
  7. How do you plan to plant the seeds of Christ-centered community in your ministry?
  8. How will you know whether your ministry is successful?
  9. To whom is your ministry accountable?

Please note:

  • Reach Grants may not be used to pay for salaries or to defray capital costs.
  • You must be in compliance with all diocesan policies, including Screening in Faith and submission of parochial returns.

Applications may be submitted to at any time. The next deadline for submissions is Monday, March 31, 2020. Pitch Day will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2020 via Zoom as the Synod Office is closed.

For coaching advice and any other questions, contact Elizabeth McCaffrey, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, by email at Note that we are working from home until further notice and that our office call-forwarding is spotty. Elizabeth will call you back if you leave a number via email.