Special Funds/Projects

See below for the following:

  1. Compassionate Justice Initiatives
  2. Student funds
  3. Lutheran Triune Grant information

  1. Compassionate Justice Initiatives – Synod Antipoverty Grant

YOUR congregation can make a difference!

The ELCIC can provide funds to assist congregations with projects that address hunger and poverty in Canada (e.g. community gardens, community kitchens, Out-of-the-Cold shelters, Outreach Workers to address homelessness, urban ministries to low income people, etc.)

Please use the link below for the Compassionate Justice Initiatives information and application form.

Due January 31, 2020: ELCIC Compassionate Justice Grant Application form 

2. The Bishop Stephen P. Kristenson Seminarian Endowment Fund

The Bishop Stephen P. Kristenson Seminarian Endowment Fund was established in 2006 by the Synod of Alberta and the Territories (“the Synod”) to celebrate the ministry of Bishop Stephen P. Kristenson, Bishop of the Synod from 1994 to 2006. In his twelve years of service as Bishop, he and his wife Jane, contributed significantly to the life of the Synod especially in the area of advanced administration, leadership in governance, and wise and dedicated pastoral oversight of the congregations. The purpose of this Fund is to assist those who are involved in seminary training leading to ordained and diaconal ministry.

The Endowment Fund Program
The Bishop Stephen P. Kristenson Seminarian Endowment Fund is directed and administered by the Executive Committee of Synod Council and managed by the Edmonton Community Foundation (“the Foundation”) as a named fund under the terms of a fund agreement between the Synod and the Foundation.

The Fund seeks to make awards to Alberta students in pursuit of a vocation as an ordained or diaconal minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Awards will be made annually and will be based upon funds available from the income of the endowment. Recipients are eligible to re-apply in subsequent years while attending seminary on a full-time or part-time basis.

The following general criteria will apply to awards:

  1. Recipients of awards are engaged in or beginning studies in pursuit of a vocation as an ordained or diaconal minister  at a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
  2. Recipients must be a member of a congregation of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories.
  3. Awards will be based upon –

Christian character
Financial need
Academic achievement
Vocational promise
Participation in the church community

4.  A photograph suitable for publication in the Alberta Synod section of the “Canada Lutheran” and written permission to publish this photo, if successful.
5.  Applications will only be considered if all information required is complete.
6.  The applications are due by January 1st and Sept 1st of the year in which the award is sought. No time extension is allowed.

Awards will be granted twice yearly by the Synod Candidacy Committee (“CC”). The CC shall receive the applications through the Synod office.  For further information regarding donations to the Fund or an application for funds, please call the Synod Office at (780) 439-2636, or click here: SOS information and application form

3. Lutheran Triune Educational and Benevolent Society of Calgary


Application for 2020 

The foundation’s mandate is to support charitable organizations in initiating action that will foster the mission of our Lord’s church.

They invite all congregations to submit proposals for funding of initiatives based on the following criteria:

  • Funding application’s Primary Focus shall be either for a Christian Charity or Christian Education initiative that targets to enhance the ministry of God’s church.
  • Grant Applicant must be a Qualified Donee for the application year, i.e. they must provide a valid Registered Charity Business Number issued by the Canada Revenue Agency.
  • Funding applications can be made to support start-up or one-time initiatives but will not be considered if they are primarily in support of base budgets.
  • Funding applications shall be for one year only and shall be for no more than $25,000.  (a Qualified Donee is not restricted from submitting a separate application in subsequent years but each application will be judged individually on the criteria stated herein)
  • Funding application for a capital project shall be in support of a clearly defined program or purpose and shall not be for more than 1/3 of the project’s total cost to a maximum Grant of $10,000.00.
  • Preference will be given to requests from Lutheran organizations.
  • Within the group of requests from Lutheran organizations, preference will be given to those from the Synod of Alberta & the Territories congregations or organizations and other ELCIC congregations or organizations.
  • All applications shall provide a financial break down totaling the grant request amount of how funds will be expended.
  • All successful applicants shall provide a report to LTE&BSC by September 30 of the following year of how the initiative went including an accounting of how the money was spent.
  • Unspent funds are to be returned to LTE&BSC.

Deadline for applications is October 15 of the current year for the next year’s grant.