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A photo of a food pantry worker handing box of food to a client.A photo of a food pantry worker handing box of food to a client.

Spirit of MDS Fund

The goal of the MDS Canada Spirit of MDS Fund is to encourage local congregations in Canada to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities.

As an agency that is primarily a network of volunteers, our hope is that grants will be a catalyst that helps mobilize volunteers within churches and ministries to serve others. Grant applications that highlight how the funds will utilize and mobilize volunteers will be given priority. While our grants are meant to be a catalyst, we don’t have the capacity to support programs on an ongoing basis.

About the Spirit of MDS Fund

Grants are available to assist people in the community who are experiencing a crisis or other need. This may include:

    • Construction or renovation projects of homes of people in need;
    • Food or other needed resources for those in crisis (e.g. through a food bank);
    • Ministry and service projects that involve volunteers serving the neighbourhood;
    • Other creative ideas that are a fit with MDS Canada’s two Core Values: Faith in Action and Caring Relationships.

Note: For church renovation projects, projects that will be considered are those that enable a church to serve the community better. (e.g. to renovate a kitchen to make it more efficient for a food pantry or soup kitchen.)

Where able, MDS Canada might also offer assistance in leadership or volunteers for building or construction projects.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available, with some exceptions. Grants are only available to Canadian churches or organizations. Normally, only one grant per year is given to an organization.

After receiving your application, it will be reviewed by MDS staff and provincial unit leaders, with information about approval to follow within two weeks of receipt of application.

Click here for an application form you can download and e-mail to MDS Canada.

Canadian congregations receive grants from Spirit of MDS Fund.

Thanks for giving us an opportunity to come alongside your congregation or ministry to help you be the hands and feet of Jesus in your community!

“Our goal at MDS Canada is to partner with local congregations as they seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities. They know where the needs are in their communities and how best to meet them. We can be a support to them, and together we can help people recover from disasters both big and small.”

Ross Penner, Executive Director of MDS Canada