Illustration of how to get from an idea to a grant from Embracing the Spirit
Credit: Embracing the Spirit/The United Church of Canada

Grants from Embracing the Spirit have been paused until further notice. Please read our news announcement for details.

New approaches to exploring and celebrating faith are constantly emerging, which is why we have three different types of grants to encourage their development. If your group has an innovative project in mind that will further the work of the church in your community, we want to support its development and growth.

Growth Grants

Organizations that have successfully qualified for an Innovation Grant can further develop their ideas with funding provided by a Growth Grant. Funding ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 is available for new and renewing faith communities whose projects have a spiritual, ecological, and social impact. See the Growth Grants Handbook at the bottom of this page for more information. When you are ready, complete the application form, also at the bottom of this page. 

All grant applicants should connect with us for a consultation before filling out the application. Connect with us at .

New Ministry Development

These grants specifically facilitate the formation of new communities of faith whose members have fresh ideas of how to live out God’s mission in the world. These grants can especially benefit new immigrants, and may be used to support leaders who want to serve as bridge builders as they facilitate the growth and development of these vital communities. Learn more about new ministry development on the EDGE website.

Seeds of Hope

Funding is available for projects that encourage innovative approaches to faith and spirituality. These could include projects that focus on seniors, children, the environment, or social justice issues. This funding also supports ministry during a transition period, or it can be used to promote and recognize excellence in scholarship and academics. Learn more about Seeds of Hope grants on the United Church Foundation website.

Application Deadline

Proposal deadlines for Growth Grants, New Ministry Grants, and Seeds of Hope are due twice a year on April 15 and October 15.