The spring 2017 granting cycle is now closed. The fall cycle will open July 15, 2017 and the deadline for applications is 8 p.m. Eastern on October 15, 2017. Please visit the How to Apply section for more information.  

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Scholarships, Bursaries & Lectureships – Granting Funds

Scholarships, Bursaries & Lectureships – Granting Funds

Lectureships & Events

Please note that the application deadline is in April and October

The Alfred J. Mitchell Trust was established for the promotion of preaching of mission and ethics in the province of Ontario.

A grant of up to $20,000 is available to a United Church–related, Ontario-based organization such as a congregation, learning centre, community ministry, theological school, etc. (as authorized by the terms of the trust).

The successful applicant will provide a learning event focusing on one of the following topics:

  • the relationship of preaching and mission.
  • the changing nature of preaching (with an ethical focus).
  • the journey to becoming a missional church and the role of preaching and ethics in that journey.
  • preaching that connects with the ethical challenges within a post-Christian society.

Due to the pre-planning needed for a major event, applications may be made in the current year for an event to take place in the following year.

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Please note that the application deadline is in April and October

The William Naylor Trust was created by the members of the 1971 Keswick Conference Planning Committee to honour the memory of the late William Naylor who had been the Chair of that Committee.

Criteria:

  • Grants from this trust will be award to event organizers with the goal of lowering the registration fees for event attendees or offering bursaries to participants.
  • Events must be related to The United Church of Canada.
  • Events must have a Christian underpinning.
  • Events must contribute significantly to furthering the work of the church.
  • Events must have a plan for evaluation and further dissemination of the information shared at the event.
  • Preference will be given to events that draw from a broad geographic area and focus on leadership development.
  • Events must occur within 18 months of the application.
  • If a grant will be used to lower registration fees, the organizers must indicate by how much and identify how that will impact attendance.
  • If a grant will be used to provide bursaries the organizers must indicate what criteria and decision-making process they will use to award those bursaries.

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Please note that the application deadline is in April and October.

The James Robertson Memorial Trust is for the sponsorship of lectureships.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to an applicant that is a United Church–related congregation, learning centre, community ministry, theological school, etc. The grant will be awarded to a program outside of Ontario (as authorized by the terms of the trust).

Successful applicants will provide a learning event focusing on one of the following topics:

  • The relationship of preaching and mission.
  • The changing nature of preaching (with an ethical focus).
  • The journey to becoming a missional church and the role of preaching and ethics in that journey.
  • Preaching that connects with the ethical challenges within a post-Christian society.

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Faculty & Research Awards

Please note that the application deadline is on March 15.

Please note that this award is only awarded on even years. For example 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020.

The purpose of the Davidson Award is to attract and/or retain outstanding people in the service of the theological colleges within Canada, associated with The United Church of Canada, by providing an annual award or prize for excellence in teaching and scholarship.

It is the aim of the Davidson Trust Committee to acknowledge and promote excellence of both scholarship and teaching in theological education in making this annual award.
This award is available to any faculty member teaching in a United Church-related theological school through application or nomination.

Award

A minimum of $5,000 will be awarded.

Application/Nomination Guidelines

Either as an applicant or as a nominator of someone else, make a case outlining how this person fits the award’s purpose.

  • Submit a succinct description of how the applicant or nominee combines scholarship and teaching in her or her life as a theological faculty member, including the person’s understanding of being both a scholar and a teacher.
  • a description of how the person’s work as scholar/teacher contributes to the mission of The United Church of Canada.
  • two to three pieces of supporting documentation, such as articles or course outlines.
  • a biographical sketch of the individual.
  • In the case of nominations, indicate the name of the nominator. If the nomination is being made without the knowledge of the nominee, please indicate this as well..
  • Three references/endorsements are required, one of them from a student or recent graduate.
  • Applications and all supporting documentation are due by 8:30 pm EST, March 15.
  • The award is announced in May.

Recent Recipients

  • Lief Vaage.
  • Dr. Johanna Selles.
  • Ann Naylor and the Rev. Dr. Ted Dodd.
  • Dr. Graham and Rev. Farquhar.

Please note that the application deadline is on March 15.

Please note that this award is only awarded on even years. For example 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020.

The McGeachy Senior Scholarship is designed:

  • To foster the development of those who will provide The United Church of Canada with discernment and direction that inspire and challenge the church towards creative and faithful mission.
  • To enhance the work of a church leader at a creative moment in her or his life.
  • To provide not only for the person’s growth, but also for an impact on the broader church.
  • To provide income to allow a major portion of time to be used on a project of enduring value to the United Church.

The United Church of Canada invites applications or nominations for this important award and the award is open to anyone from any church or country, but the proposal must indicate how the project will address the concerns of The United Church of Canada. The deadline for applications is March 15. Announcement of the recipient will be made in June.

Background and Purpose

The McGeachy Memorial Fund represents a substantial bequest from the estate of William A. and Margaret H. McGeachy, an agricultural family in southwestern Ontario. The McGeachys’ commitment to the Christian church and the role of the church in society is memorialized in the McGeachy Senior Scholarship, derived from the Fund. Scholarships are offered periodically as interest income permits.

The intent of the scholarship project is to develop leaders who will provide The United Church of Canada with discernment and direction that inspire and challenge the church towards creative and faithful mission.

The McGeachy senior scholar is expected to express the prophetic vision of the church and to interpret Christ’s call to justice and peace in our pluralistic world. She or he will combine reflection and research with practical action, and communicate the results of this work in a form accessible to the wider church.

The scholarship is intended to free a person to use a major block of time for concentrated effort on a project of enduring value to the Church. It is hoped that the award will enhance the life work of the McGeachy scholar at a creative moment in her or his development, and thus yield continuing benefit to the individual and to the community.

Eligibility

Although designed for Canadians, particularly members of The United Church of Canada, the scholarship is open to applications from women or men anywhere. The McGeachy Scholarship Committee will give serious and fair review to all proposals. Any applicant, however, should indicate how her or his project will address the concerns of The United Church of Canada and make a contribution to its life and mission.

This “senior” scholarship is for persons established in their life work. It is not available to candidates in degree programs or other forms of professional preparation. A parallel in the academic world is the “post-doctoral fellowship,” although the McGeachy scholarship does not have a doctoral prerequisite.

Since the scholarship primarily seeks to provide time for major research and reflection, it is not generally intended for those who have sabbatical or retirement income. However, a scholarship of less than the maximum amount, with reduced funding for time, may be awarded to an applicant with retirement or sabbatical income when the committee evaluates their proposal as having exceptional merit. In all proposals, costs of travel and research materials may be included, but these costs are seen as secondary to the provision of time.

It is important that applicants indicate a clear time line, and show how a significant block of time will be arranged and set aside. Full time participation in the project for one or two years is the norm, though other plans will be considered.

Conditions of the Scholarship

  • The goal of the Scholarship is to serve the broader church as well as the individual doing the project. It is essential that any proposal indicate how the project will do this. The tangible product of the study does not need in every instance to be a written document but may be in some other format. Publication or development of this product of study is the financial responsibility of the McGeachy scholar.
  • The McGeachy scholar is invited to prepare a 5,000- to 10,000-word paper for possible inclusion in the McGeachy Papers Series. Printing and distribution of the paper is done at the expense of the fund and at the discretion of the committee.
  • McGeachy scholars are expected to provide the committee with one copy of any book or other product or publication resulting from the project.
  • The scholarship will normally be granted in three segments, 40% at the start, 30% midway, and 30% upon completion of all agreed conditions (normally no more than one year after the agreed completion date of the project). The final 30% may be forfeited in cases where the project is not completed as agreed.
  • A report is expected every six months for the duration of the project period. No further installments of the scholarship will be given without timely receipt of these reports.
  • The format of the proposal is given in the McGeachy Scholarship Application Guidelines. Please follow these in preparing a proposal.
  • Applications and documentation must be received no later than 8:30 PM EST, March 15. See the Guidelines for a list of necessary documentation. Announcement of the recipient is expected by June. The commencement of the scholarship period may be any time in the current year.
  • In making an appointment the final decision will rest with the McGeachy Scholarship Committee.

Recent Recipients

A Scholarship for Reimagining The United Church of Canada

Please note that the application deadline is on April 15.

The Marjorie F. Rowntree Fund, together with the Chester Rowntree Fund, offers an amount not to exceed $30,000 annually for research that explores, draws together, and reflects on fresh expressions of The United Church of Canada in our changing social context.

Criteria:

Applications will be based on existing and innovative expressions in ministry in either an operative or design stage. This ministry must contribute to an understanding of the church transformed for more effective and faithful ministry in the changing social context of Canada, including the focus on intercultural ministry. The grant will provide opportunities to an individual (or individuals)in a leadership and design role in this ministry to undertake focused writing time, travel, and consultation, leading to a written report.

The successful project will:

  • focus on research that explores ministry models and innovations that provide imaginative resources for the United Church and United Church ministries to more richly engage God’s mission in the world.
  • explore emerging practice as well as current writing in their area of focus.
  • include contexts of new ministry development, ministry renewal/re-development, new forms of ministry partnership.
  • make connections between the area of exploration and the United Church context and outline potential implications for United Church ministries, polity, and practice.
  • potentially include hands-on experimentation (creation of new ministries or experimenting with new models in existing ministries).

Successful applicants must submit a written report of their findings.

The Rowntree Scholarship Fund will assist the United Church of Canada in benefiting from research that explores and draws out implications from the experiences of ministers and ministries that will help the church of the future effectively minister within the new and emerging Canadian reality. Grants will be made in support of individuals working in United Church–related institutions.

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Post-Graduate Studies

Please note that the application deadline is in April

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.

Recent Recipients: Samuel V. Mpereh and Bethan Theunissen

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Please note that the application deadline is March 15th

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. The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to approve the school of study.

The McLeod Scholarship Committee will use the following criteria in relation to each applicant:

  • Intention to continue serving The United Church of Canada.
  • Commitment to pastoral ministry.
  • Academic standing.
  • Financial needs and resources.

In making its decision the Committee will also consider current special needs of the Church, such as leadership in ethnic ministries, rural ministries or women in ministry.

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Women in Ministry (including Lay Leaders)

Please note that the application deadline is in April and October

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 maturing of a significant annuity and the ensuing interest. Its purpose is to support women in ministry.

Criteria:

  1. The applicant must be a woman and be active in lay, ordained, or diaconal ministry. Preference will normally be given to those in paid accountable ministry.
  2. The bursary will support
    • theological studies,
    • continuing education, or
    • other professional development activity.
  3. The application must demonstrate how the studies, education, or professional development will enhance the applicant’s capacity to provide ministry.

Awards of up to $5,000 will be provided from this fund.

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Rural Ministry

Please note that the application deadline is October 15.

The Rural Ministry Award is an initiative of The Clifford Elliott Spirit of Saskatchewan Ministry Trust Fund, established in 2006 in memory of Clifford Elliott, a native of Saskatchewan and an ordained United Church minister.

Clifford Elliott was born in Langham, Saskatchewan, and was always fiercely proud of his roots. The broad sweep of the prairie landscape informed his soul and inspired an open view of the world. Cliff’s rural heritage instructed him in the importance of hard work, persistence, flexibility, and hopefulness. These values, together with the spirit of cooperation and compassion so necessary for survival on the prairies, were the hallmarks of his ministry. Cliff believed that these Saskatchewan values have a universal application and will enliven the ministry of the church wherever they are embraced.

The purpose of The Clifford Elliott Spirit of Saskatchewan Ministry Trust Fund is to:

  • support programs that honour, celebrate, reflect, and promote prairie values with the goal of nurturing Christian faith and leadership development in The United Church of Canada;
  • express commitment to learning and renewal on behalf of the whole church; and
  • enable further study (post-testamur or post-DLM training) for The United Church of Canada ministry personnel, who are settled in pastoral charges within Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, within the Saskatoon Theological Union.

 

The award for study is not intended to support students seeking the M.Div degree/testamur required for ordination/commissioning in The United Church of Canada.

The award is a scholarship of up to $5,000 to cover tuition and related costs for full-time or part-time advanced study within the STU in the Doctor of Ministry in Rural Ministry and Community Development Program or appropriate other academic institutions.

Criteria for Selection

Eligible applicants are:

  • Ministry personnel in current active (paid accountable) service in Alberta and Northwest Conference, Saskatchewan Conference and Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Conference of The United Church of Canada;
  • Committed to ministry in the rural context, with evidence of interest and experience in this particular specialty;
  • Intending to continue in ministry role in the rural context.
  • People with an academic background or proven potential to be able to profit professionally from such a program;
  • Accepted into the D.Min in Rural Ministry and Community Development in the Saskatoon Theological Union or appropriate other academic institutions.

 

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Ethnic Ministries

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. Bursaries are available for full-time students to a maximum of $4000 and for part-time students to a maximum of $2000. The bursary is eligible to be renewed annually upon application.

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Aboriginal Ministries

Alvin William Dixon was born on June 10, 1937 and grew up in and near Bella Bella, also known as Waglisla, on the eastern side of Campbell Island along the central British Columbia coast. He was raised by a grandmother who lived off the land in the traditional way.

Alvin was taken to the Alberni Residential Indian School on Vancouver Island when he was 10 years old. When he graduated, he enrolled at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as one of six First Nations students at the school. He majored in English and took teacher’s training. He paid for his degree by working summers as a fisherman.

He was a strong activist and held roles with the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia and, especially, within the United Church, where he served on the general executive council. He was one of the founders of the Native Ministries Consortium and the native ministries program at the Vancouver School of Theology.

Alvin died of cancer on July 20, 2014 in Vancouver. His two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren, two sisters and a brother survive him.

Throughout his life Alvin quietly worked behind the scenes to improve the lives of First Nations people in many areas including those involved in the First Nations fishery, First Nation youth and to raise awareness with Canadians about the experiences of First Nation children in residential schools.

In honour of Alvin’s life and his dedication to the United Church and to education, we have established an endowed fund at The United Church of Canada Foundation in his memory.

The Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary Fund will support initiatives that focus on education for Aboriginal students.  Currently criteria for granting are being established and applications are not being accepted at this time.