MEF Grants

General Assembly established the Ministry Enterprise Fund (MEF) in 2014 and funds are available for mission purposes

Eligible projects

New projects in mission

Funding priorities are consistent with Council of Assembly strategic direction statements, and include:

  • Pilot or introduction of new missional ventures
  • Redevelopment of existing congregation/turnaround
  • New congregation or missional plants

Capacity building

MEF grants also fund building capacity within congregations to develop and extend their skills in relation to initiating a new mission project. More information about this category of development grant is available from the PressGo catalyst.

New mission seedlings

Recognised new mission seedlings, as defined and initiated in a partnership between a presbytery, a supervising congregation, and Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadship are also funded through MEF grants. More information about this category of grant is available from the PressGo catalyst.


Purposes which are ineligible for development grants are:

  • Regular operational costs including salaries and stipends
  • Building or redevelopment without an intentional missional rationale.

Who can apply?

All Presbyterian and Uniting congregations in Aotearoa New Zealand are entitled to make applications for MEF grants.

How to apply

Applications for funding generally close a month before each PressGo Board meeting. Read the applying PressGo for a grant for 2020 application deadlines and useful information to assist with your grant application.

Download the application form here: MEF grant application form (Microsoft Word)

It is strongly recommended those seeking a grant contact PressGo Catalyst, Lisa Wells for advice.