The Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada Spirit of MDS Fund is issuing a second call for applications from churches in Canada.
The goal of the Spirit of MDS Fund is to provide financial support to Canadian Anabaptist-Mennonite congregations that are assisting people in their communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $100,000 has been made available; to date 46 congregations and other ministries have received support from the Fund.
With funding still available, a second call for applications has been issued for this fall; this second call for funding is in operation until Oct. 31.
Grants will be a maximum of $1,000, although there can be some flexibility on a case-by-case basis. Projects that can be funded include replenishing a deacon’s fund; restocking a food pantry; assisting with a family’s emergency financial needs; purchasing technology to help churches serve their members through online services, or to help seniors or shut-ins connect with family and friends; and assisting with rent for a refugee, among others.
To apply, visit bit.ly/mds-spirit-fund-app and fill out the downloadable form. Then send it by email to email@example.com or mail it to MDS Canada, 200-600 Shaftesbury Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2J1.
—Corrected Sept. 10, 2020