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What do you want to accomplish with your giving? Do you want to build or strengthen communities of faith? Is seeking environmental justice important to you? Or, do you hope to create new youth and young adult ministry opportunities in your church?

Whatever your passion, the Foundation can help you support the ministries that matter the most to you. The Foundation uses funds – each of which are dedicated to a unique cause or ministry – to support the work and beliefs of the United Church of Canada.

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Can’t find a fund that aligns with your wishes? You may always create your own, or send us an email about how we can help support a ministry that is important to you today. Call the Foundation office at 1-866-340-8223, or fill the form out below.

    Mission Focus Funds (Established by the Foundation’s Board)

    Environmental Fund
    Intended to support the church in its efforts “to live with respect in Creation.”

    Faith & Mission Fund
    Provides seed money to help congregations meet the challenges they face in living out their mission and faith and engaging their constituents and communities.

    Leadership Fund
    Funds programs and projects that support and sustain leaders of The United Church of Canada, lay and ordered, spiritual, and temporal.

    Living Spirit Fund
    Meant to foster innovation and unique work in the church.

    Mission & Service Endowment Fund
    Annual grants support the Mission & Service of the United Church of Canada.

    New Ministries Fund
    Provides funding for new and innovative ways of being a church.

    Peace & Justice Fund
    Focuses on peace, social justice and environmental issues.

    Theological Education Fund
    Provides grants to projects and priorities that support the theological studies at the theological schools and educational centres of The United Church of Canada.

    LGBTIQ2S+ Global Solidarity Fund
    The LGBTIQ2S+ Solidarity Fund strives to advance the rights, dignity, and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, and Two-Spirit people around the world.
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    Supporting the work of the United Church of Canada

    The Archives Endowment Fund
    Provides annual grants to support the preservation of our shared history.

    The French Ministries Fund/ Fonds des Ministères en français
    Provides annual grants to support ministry that primarily serve French-speaking communities, and who are exploring the transformation of an existing Francophone ministry, or the creation of a new Francophone ministry. 

    Supporting Indigenous Ministries and Justice

     

    Healing Fund

    The Healing Fund, established in 1994, offers financial support to grassroots projects that focus on healing and reconciliation. The Healing Fund Council, with representatives from the All Native Circle Conference, British Columbia Native Ministries, and Ontario/Quebec Native Ministries, seeks to represent the diversity of Indigenous communities across the country, determines the fund’s criteria, and evaluates applications.

    Dorothy Jenkins Fund

    The Dorothy Jenkins Fund promotes community development strategies, healing models toward truth and reconciliation, healing the spirit, building right relations, and continuing education for ministry personnel.

     Justice and Reconciliation Fund

    The Justice and Reconciliation Fund was established in 2000 by the Residential Schools Steering Committee of The United Church of Canada to assist the church to understand and respond to the legacy of harm and broken relationships that have resulted from the Indian Residential School system. The fund supports projects, initiated by Regions, congregations, outreach/community ministries, and education centres, that foster dialogue, reconciliation, and relationship-building between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

    Scholarships

    Victor Blatherwick
    Created through a bequest, the Victor Blatherwick Memorial Bursary Fund is a yearly scholarship that is available to a member of The United Church of Canada who is enrolled in full- or part-time studies leading to an academic doctorate suitable for teaching in a United Church theological college. Priority will be given to a student demonstrating both financial need and academic excellence, and preference will be given to visible minority or aboriginal students. The scholarship may be awarded for multiple years to support the studies of selected candidates.

     Norman MacLeod Scholarship

    The W. Norman McLeod Trust Fund was established in 1972. The Fund represents accumulated donations of cash, securities and investments donated from time to time by Mr. William Norman McLeod, with the intent to constitute a trust fund for the promotion, advancement and encouragement of theological education. The scholarship made available out of the income from the trust fund is known as “The W. Norman McLeod Scholarship.”

    The Scholarship is available to ordered ministers in the United Church of Canada for post-graduate study. Applicants in a master’s (not M.Div.) or doctoral program may re-apply for two additional years.

    Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary Fund

    The Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary was established in memory and honour of Alvin’s life and his dedication to the United Church of Canada and to education. This bursary will help support Indigenous students seeking to enter or continue post-secondary education or study at religious and spiritual centres. The Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary is a annual award that is available to Indigenous students enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies. 

    The Endowment Fund for Indigenous Post-Secondary Education

    The Endowment Fund for Indigenous Post-Secondary Education was established by donors from Peterborough, Ontario in March 2010 to help support Indigenous youth seeking to enter or continue post-secondary education. The Endowment Fund is a yearly scholarship that is available to Indigenous youth (18‒29 years old) enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies. 

    Anna Jentzsch-Bill Endowment Bursary

    This bursary was set up as a memorial trust fund in 1994 with an initial gift of $100. The fund was subsequently added to with generous bequest from the Estate of Anna Jentzsch-Bill.  Its purpose is to support women in ministry.

    The Elizabeth White Bursary

    The late Mrs. Elizabeth White and her husband had a vision for Chinese ministry more than half a century ago. The purpose of the fund is to develop leadership win the United Church focusing on the Chinese community.

    Work with Specific Age Groups

    Watkins Fund & Ann Baker Estate Trust for Innovative Ministries with Senior Adults
    The Watkins Fund for Senior Adults is a bequest to The United Church of Canada from Reginald W. Watkins for the purpose of work with senior adults. The Ann Baker Estate Trust is a bequest to the United Church of Canada from Ann Baker for the purpose of work with seniors and seniors’ homes.

    Grants from the fund are available to United Church pastoral charges, United Church outreach ministries and United Church corporations to support innovative initiatives in seniors’ ministry.

     

    Watkins Fund/Wesley C. Smith Fund for Innovative Programs and Projects in Addressing Poverty and Children at Risk
    The Watkins Fund/Wesley C. Smith Fund is comprised of a bequest to The United Church of Canada from the estate of Reginald W. Watkins for the purpose of work with economically disadvantaged populations and a bequest to The United Church of Canada from the estate of Wesley C. Smith for work with at-risk children.

    Grants from the fund are available to United Church pastoral charges, United Church outreach ministries and United Church corporations to support innovative ministry with the poor or with children at risk.

     

    Good Samaritan Fund
    The Good Samaritan Fund was established by The Good Samaritan Foundation Board of Directors, Montreal Presbytery and the United Church of Canada to carry on the good work of the Griffith McConnell Residence, which served the seniors of Montreal for many years.

    This Fund focuses on granting to programs that work with seniors at risk (with special attention paid to those within the former Montreal Presbytery’s jurisdiction) which will both benefit most from these funds and remain consistent with the original intent of the mission of The United Church Montreal Homes for Elderly People Griffith-McConnell.

    Supporting the Diakonia of the United Church of Canada

    The Barbara Elliott Trust Fund for Innovative Ministry
    The Barbara Elliott Trust Fund for Innovative Ministry supports innovative and/or non–traditional ministries that find it difficult to secure regular funding. It was established in memory of Diaconal Minister, Barb Elliott.

     

    The Kaufman Renewal and Emergency Fund
    The Kaufman Renewal and Emergency Fund is to help with the cost of retreat, reflection, renewal and rest experiences and to make possible a grant or loan for people who are in an emergency situation. United Church Diaconal Ministers and graduates of the Centre for Christian Studies (and its forerunners) are eligible to apply. It was established to memorialize Emma Kaufman’s lifelong commitment to deaconesses and to the Training School/Covenant College/Centre for Christian Studies.

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