Mustard Seed matching grants for Toronto churches in 2017

Mark PetersenGrants

Stronger Philanthropy is pleased to provide the Mustard Seed Foundation with a platform to share its news of granting opportunities for Toronto churches in 2017.

This Washington DC-based foundation has been providing grants to local congregations in the world’s megacities since 1983. The MSF has given away more than $96.7 Million USD in more than 17,000 grants and scholarships. The average grant awarded globally last year was $5,210 USD. Last year, the MSF approved 191 grants and paid out just over $2 Million in grants and scholarships worldwide. The top cities granted to in 2016 were to churches in Mexico City, Delhi, Lima, Accra, Los Angeles, NYC, Toronto, Kampala, Bogotá, and Agra.

The average grant awarded last year in Toronto was just over $7,500 USD.  Approved Toronto projects included the following:

  • A campus outreach at the University of Toronto
  • Expand evangelistic theater ministry in Woodbine Heights
  • Help a new church plant in the West End
  • Expand an outreach among Muslims in Thorncliffe
  • Outreach among Chinese immigrants
  • Outreach among caregivers and children in Bloor West Village
  • Evangelistic theater program in Woodbine Heights
  • A new church plant in Don Mills
  • Outreach in highrise apartments in Willowdale
  • Holistic ministry for people who were trafficked in the sex industry
  • Youth discipleship ministry in Weston
  • Holistic outreach ministry in Queen West
  • VBS among immigrant children in Brampton/Scarborough
  • Children’s theater ministry in The Annex
  • Outreach among Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus in Etobicoke
  • Evangelism among single parent families in North York
  • Evangelistic play for Arabic speaking families in Richmond Hill
  • Holistic youth ministry in downtown
  • Production of a musical based on the book of Job
  • Outreach in apartment buildings in Silversprings Park

In each of the above projects, the MSF matched the giving from the tithes and offerings of the local congregation in the neighborhood of ministry. The typical congregation they grant to has less than 200 members.

The MSF regrets the following are not eligible:

  • New church planting grants (for this year)
  • Building purchase or renovation projects
  • Book publishing or mass media
  • Crisis responses to a chronic need
  • Parachurch ministries, church planting movements, denominational offices, or other non-profit agencies
  • Megachurches

Brian Bakke will be in Toronto June 19-22, 2017 to meet with church leaders. General informational group meetings for church leaders are being arranged in the West Side, Downtown, North York and the East Side of the city, and are designed for any church leader within the GTA. Brian will also be meeting with church leaders regarding specific projects in one-on-one sessions. These individual meetings are only for church leaders that have met with Brian in a group meeting previously, and who, prior to the meeting, will send a half-page description of the idea their church has for a new or expanding evangelism or discipleship project.

For more information, visit the MSF website.  To make an appointment for the meetings in June, contact Brian Bakke directly at