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Pelican Foundation

The Pelican Foundation provides a means to give expression to the vision of the Diocese and is therefore a mechanism for “changing lives and transforming communities”.

The Diocesan Mission Initiatives, 2020, specifies the following objectives:

• Encouraging missional engagement with our communities;
• Raising a new generation of disciples and leaders;
• Responding to human need through ministries of care and advocacy;
• Equipping all God’s people for mission and ministry;
• Connecting the church and the world;
• Inspiring a culture of worship and mission;
• Promoting and practising environmental stewardship; and
• Encouraging healthy communities confident in Christ.

At Synod in 2010 Bishop Stuart made clear that these priorities will shape our Diocesan life together until 2020 and he invited constituent parts of the Diocese to discover how they express God’s purpose for the people around them.

Structure of the Pelican Foundation

The Pelican Foundation is a specific trust of the Anglican Church Property Trust Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. It receives and manages the investment and distribution of funds. Its assets are managed by the Board of the Pelican Foundation and the Registrar of the Diocese is the Secretary of the Board.

The current Board comprises:

Bishop Trevor Edwards (Chair)
Mr Paul Brand (Registrar’s Representative)
Mrs Margaret Wheelwright
Mr Wayne Harris

Symbolism of the Pelican

The symbolism of the pelican originates from Medieval Europe where the mother pelican’s devotion and attentiveness is to the extent of providing her own blood for her young when no other food is available. Within Christianity this imagery became a symbol of the passion of Jesus and of the Eucharist. The Pelican symbolises Jesus our Redeemer, the One who gives His life for our redemption.

Key objectives of the Pelican Foundation

The primary objective of the Pelican Foundation is to fund projects that change lives and transform communities.

Preference for funding in 2016-2018 will be given to projects that expand the mission of God by:

• focusing on developing missional leaders.

Assisting the Foundation

You can assist the Pelican Foundation by making a donation or bequest or by becoming a regular donor. Contributions to the Foundation will help to increase the capacity of the Board to fund additional projects and facilitate community engagement.

Click here for a donation form

Applying for a grant

Grants will only be made available to individuals or groups from within the Diocese who are endorsed by their parish council or governing body.

  1. Grants will not be made available for capital projects such as building renovations, to fund parish budget deficits, both real and de-facto, or to fund stipends of incumbents.
  2. Any project to be considered must be able to be effectively evaluated and the outcomes deemed to enhance the profile and work of the Pelican Foundation.

The Pelican Foundation Board may call for grant applications each year and applications close on 30 June. Grants would commence from 1 January in the following year.

To download a copy of the objectives and funding principles of the Pelican Foundation Click here.

To download an Application Form Click here.

 For more information contact the Diocesan Office on 02 6245 7101

Meeting Dates for 2017

16 Mar, 6 Apr, 20 Jul, 24 Aug, 16 Nov.