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Zinnbauer Mission Fund

The Zinnbauer Mission Fund supports community-based mission and ministry initiatives of congregations and departments of the Lutheran Church in South Australia and the Northern Territory. It was established with the proceeds from the sale of the Lutheran Emergency Family Shelter in College Park, which was run for many years by Pastor Albert Zinnbauer and his wife. The fund has an annual income of around $100,000.

The below forms are to assist those considering applying for a grant:

Download the Zinnbauer Mission Fund Information Sheet

Download the Zinnbauer Mission Fund Application Form

Download the Zinnbauer Mission Fund Reporting Form

For further information, please contact the ZMFAT secretary Steen Olsen (08 8267 5211).

Application criteria

Applications normally need to meet the following criteria:

  • It is ultimately directed toward the transformation of people’s lives in Christ
  • Only LCA SA/NT congregations and district departments are eligible to apply
  • It is not for ongoing costs of existing ministries, including time for oversight by pastor or other staff
  • It is not for capital projects or the purchase of equipment
  • It is for outreach and not for internal ministry normally provided by congregations
  • It does not exceed $25,000 per year or $75,000 over 3 years
  • All required information is supplied with the application form

Not all eligible applications will be approved. ZMFAT will assess the likely effectiveness of proposed projects taking into account issues such as the following:

  • The extent to which the project seeks to reach those who do not yet know Jesus Christ
  • The impact on the lives of people in the community who are disadvantaged in some way
  • The extent to which the laity are released and equipped for ministry and mission
  • The extent to which multiplication of ministry and mission is an integral part of the project
  • The applicant is also making a significant financial contribution to the project
  • Where applicable, that a ‘train the trainer’ emphasis is a part of the project
  • How the project will be funded in the future (where applications are for more than one year, it is preferred that the applicant takes up costs progressively)

Other information

  • Application and reporting forms are available from the ZMFAT secretary
  • Applications are approved by District Church Council on the recommendation of ZMFAT
  • Applications may be for more than one year but normally approval will only be given for one year at a time and subsequent grants will be dependent on satisfactory reviews
  • The greater part of the income of the fund will be used for reaching those who do not yet know Jesus Christ and/or low-income families and individuals
  • It is recommended that applicants consult with a member of ZMFAT, or the relevant district department, before submitting an application
  • Applications close at the end of February, May, August and November each year