WelcomeStewardship and Funding and Development Wordle to the Stewardship Funding and Development Team

Beyond GPOW - HLF Funding; a one off training with the HLF staff, looking at what the HLF has to offer churches following the changes to GPOW - 19th September 2017 at 7pm in Church House, Leeds.  THIS IS NOW FULLY BOOKED!


Finding Funding: Activity Plans and Looking Wider - a training for parishes looking for funding and unsure where to look and any parishes looking to apply for HLF funding and need advice on their activity plan. Dates offered in Sept, Oct and Nov 2017 with venues across the Diocese. 

​​See our Training and Resources page for information and how to book for all these trainings.

*** ​Heritage Lottery Fund: Significant Changes to Grants for Places of Worship*** 

​Funding for places of worship will be available through the HLF open programmes of Our Heritage and Heritage Grants, meaning churches will be competing with all other forms of heritage building for funds.

Whilst this is a significant change and will likely present difficulties in attracting funding repairs, we would encourage churches to see this as an opportunity to better engage with mission.

For more information see our funding page and training and resources page.

** Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme Update - claiming under the scheme just got simpler! See our Stewardship page for more information**

The Stewardship, Funding and Development Team work to support parishes to build the resources of the Church to enable mission.

Our churches grow most effectively, in size and depth, when we are encouraged to engage all of our gifts in the service of God. This might be as simple as encouraging people to get involved in the day to day activities already happening at church, or to consider how their gifts, passions and interests might be used to begin something new. It might mean encouraging church members to regularly consider their giving, not simply as a way of meeting the needs of the budget, but as an act of worship and thanksgiving and an integral part of their Christian Discipleship.

It may also mean developing existing resources such as growing our activities and changing buildings to make them welcoming places fit to serve and be at the heart of every local community.

Above all, the team is here to help parishes to realise their potential by turning their plans and ideas into practical action.  

The Team

The Stewardship, Funding and Development Team, based in Church House, Leeds, is here to provide essential  support to parishes in many aspects of Stewardship and Development:  Stewardship programmes including resource development, training  and workshops; assistance with basic legal and governance issues; advice on planning and developing mission projects; developing the use of buildings; and advice on funding and applying for grants.

SFD team at SynodThe Team are from left to right;

Susan Rundle – Director of Parish Resourcing – Susan’s focus is advising parishes on community engagement and developing projects and buildings to serve the mission of the church in the wider community.  She is also our resident expert on Heritage Lottery Funding having spent some of the past 5 years obtaining £5m of grants for the redevelopment of Wakefield Cathedral. 
Michael Southworth -  is based in the Dales and has a particular focus on rural parishes and the challenges of rural stewardship.

Paul Winstanley – Stewardship Adviser with a particular emphasis on budgeting and financial review – works closely with the finance services team and has represented the stewardship team on the share review group.

Jo Beacroft-Mitchell - Stewardship Adviser

Uell Kennedy – Development and Stewardship Adviser, Uell is an accredited trainer with the institute of fundraising and he specialises in training and resourcing church members to apply for funding as well as offering stewardship advice and support. 

Cath Fox – is the team administrator and does her best to keep us organised!

See below for contact details.

Contact the Team                                  

Cath Fox Cath Fox
Parish Resourcing Team Administrator
0113 3530 221
Jo Beacroft-Mitchell Jo Beacroft-Mitchell
Stewardship Adviser
0113 3530 214
Susan Rundle Susan Rundle
Director of Parish Resourcing
0113 3530 213
​(does not work Mondays)
Paul Winstanley Paul Winstanley
Stewardship Adviser
0113 3530 216
Uell Kennedy Uell Kennedy
Development and Stewardship Adviser
0113 3530 217
Michael Souhworth Michael Southworth
Stewardship Adviser
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