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Financial assistance

There are several grants and funding opportunities that are available at any time.  These include:

Emergency Grant from the Capital Works Fund

Congregations may apply for up to $10,000 to assist with urgent repairs or works that are not covered by insurance and the congregation is unable to fund fully itself. The application requires the congregation to demonstrate the need for the works and to provide information as to its financial position. Please note any building works will also require the separate approval of the building scope and costing.

For more information go to our Property page

 

Emergency Grant from the Sustentation Fund

Congregations may apply for up to $10,000 to assist with the cost of stipend for a minister in placement, which the congregation is unable to cover themselves. This grant is to allow time for a presbytery consultation of Life and Witness of the congregation to determine its future and also ensure the minister is paid during this period. The application requires the congregation to provide information regarding its financial position and a cash flow for the period the grant is to cover.  Successful grants will be paid in monthly installments.

 

Grant from the Disability Access Fund

Congregations may apply for a grant to contribute 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. The application requires the congregation to provide details of the scope and cost of works, plus information detailing how the remainder of the project will be funded.  All proposed works are to comply with the Australian Standard (AS 1428.1) for disability access. Please note any building works will also require the separate approval of the building scope and costing.

For more information go to our Property page

 

Access to Property Sale Proceeds

Congregations may access proceeds from the sale of church property to assist with a range of projects, including:

  • Capital projects – including repair, refurbishment and redevelopment of existing property, plus buying new property.
  • In certain circumstances, a congregation may access the capital for non-capital purposes. These include projects of high missional priority and, for small rural congregations, operational purposes to extend ministry in the region.
  • Assistance with the payment of manse allowance. The proceeds from the sale of a manse may be reserved for manse purposes, either to buy a new manse or to invest the funds and use the interest earned to assist with Manse Allowance payments to the minister in placement.
  • Investment of proceeds into an Interest Only Mission Fund, whereby the interest earned is distributed to support a specified and approved mission project.

Please note any building works or property purchase will also require the separate approval of the project scope and costing.

For more information go to our Property page

Access to a Loan

Congregations may apply for a loan to assist with the cost of a capital project. This requires the congregation to demonstrate its financial capacity to support the loan for the duration of the lending.

Please note that any building works or property purchase will also require the separate approval of the project scope and costing.

For more information go to our Property page

 

More information

Contact our grants coordinator, Natalie Brown, on (03) 9251 5420 or grants@victas.uca.org.au