Each year, we offer a range of grants to individuals, congregations, Presbyteries and affiliated agencies and Ecumenical bodies throughout Victoria and Tasmania. There are three categories of grants:
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 mission and ministry, capital works and rural congregations.
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. Funding for approved projects will be available from each January and is paid in monthly installments for the duration of the program.
Capital works programs
Grants may be available to assist with mission-focused building projects. Funding for successful projects will be available from the January following approval for two years and is held at our office to be drawn from as required.
Small rural congregations
Small grants of up to $3,500 may be available to small rural congregations in townships of less than 2000 people. These are to assist with ministry or facilities that will build community either as a congregation or in connecting with the wider community. Funding for successful projects will be paid directly to congregations in the November following approval.
For further information, go to Annual grants.
Several other grants and funding opportunities can be considered at any time of year. These include:
Emergency grant from the Capital Works Fund
Grants of up to $10,000 may be available to congregations to assist with urgent capital repairs they are unable to cover themselves.
Emergency grant from the Sustentation Fund
Grants of up to $10,000 may be available 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. The grant is paid in monthly installments for a nominated period up to 12 months.
Grant from the Disability Access Fund
Grants are available to a congregation to assist 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org