Each year, a range of grants are available to individuals, congregations, Presbyteries and affiliated agencies and Ecumenical bodies throughout Victoria and Tasmania. There are three main categories of grants:
- Financial Assistance
All grants have specific qualifying criteria, application processes and evaluation requirements.
Some are funded from donations or bequests from generous individuals to be used for specific or general purposes. We are very grateful for such kind support. To honour these gifts, much time is given to matching the funding source/s with the projects. It is essential that funding is used for the approved purpose, and each project is reviewed at the end to ensure this happens.
Educational grants and scholarships
There are many grants and scholarships available for individuals (ordained and lay) and groups. There are also many types of grants available, including theological education, youth ministry, lay education, continuing education, regionalisation, tertiary education, secondary education and bursaries for ministers’ children.
For further information, go to Educational grants and scholarships.
These assist UCA congregations and Uniting agencies with the cost of mission programs, ministries, and capital works projects. Grant programs are generally held annually, unless advised otherwise, and approved through the Mission Grants Executive committee. Specific grant programs are held for:
Ministry and Mission programs
Grants may be available to support ministry or mission projects, to assist with the cost of lay or ordained personnel and program costs over a period of up to five years. This program is not open for applications in 2022.
Capital works programs
Grants may be available to assist with mission-focused building projects. Grant programs are held annually.
Small grants for small rural congregations
Grants may be available to small rural congregations in townships of less than 5000 people, to assist with ministry or facilities projects that will build community either as a congregation or in connecting with the wider community. Grant programs are held annually.
For further information, go to Mission grants.
Several other grants and funding opportunities may be available to assist congregations in need. These include:
Emergency grant (Capital Works)
Limited grants may be available from the Capital Works Fund, to assist congregations with urgent capital repairs they are unable to cover themselves. Grants can be considered at any time of the year, assessed through the Property Applications Review Team (PART)
Emergency grant (Stipend Support)
Limited grants may be available from the Sustentation Fund, to assist a congregation in financial crisis with the cost of stipend for a minister in placement, which the congregation is unable to cover itself. Grants can be considered at any time of the year, assessed through the Property Applications Review Team (PART)
Disability Access Grant
Grants are available from the Disability Access Fund, to assist a congregation with up to 50 per cent of the cost of disability access works, such as accessible toilets and ramps, up to a maximum amount of $50,000. Grants can be considered at any time of the year, assessed through the Property Applications Review Team (PART)
Congregational Debt Relief Grant
Grants are available from the Congregational Debt Relief Fund, to assist congregations with the repayment of loan debt held with UEthical. Grant programs are held annually.
Other funding opportunities may be available to congregations, including:
- Access to proceeds from a property sale to assist with capital projects and, if eligible, some missional or operational projects
- Access to proceeds from a property sale to invest in an interest-only Mission Fund, of which the interest earned may be used for a mission project
- Access to a loan to assist with a capital project.
For further information, go to financial assistance.
Contact our grants coordinator, Natalie Brown, on (03) 9251 5420 or email@example.com