The opportunities to develop our mission and reach out into the community are great, but they often come at a cost which cannot always be met through the regular giving of the church members.
We will provide details of any on-going and one off funding opportunities that we hear about here, or if you want to receive emails alerting you to new funds available, do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to our mailing list.
To contact Sammi:
Sammi Tooze on 0113 3530 217 or mobile 07966 058833
Watch this space for information and updates about on-going and new funding initiatives and opportunities.
A new Funding Opportunity
Calor launches £50k rural grant scheme
Off-grid energy supplier Calor has announced a fund for 21 individual prize pots to support rural communities throughout the UK. Launched in 2017, past submissions included funding for community centres, village halls and sporting venues, as well as the installation of fibre broadband into an off-grid village.
Applications open on 20 March however those wishing to register their interest can do so
In 2017 The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced significant changes to the way they will fund repairs to listed churches.
The changes means that for the first time in 40 years there is no state supported funding for church repairs despite the C of E caring for over 45% of the nations listed buildings.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has decided to close the dedicated Grants for Places of Worship Scheme (GPOW). Instead, they are encouraging churches to apply through their open grant programmes; Our Heritage (grants up to £100K) and Heritage Grants (over £100k). They have issued a press release, which is available here. For further information and details about apply see the HLF website at Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
On the face of it, this is going to present difficulties in attracting funding for repairs; however, it can also be seen as an opportunity to better engage with mission, an opportunity for churches to engage with our communities, using heritage activities, in new and exciting ways.
For further information, the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division has produced a briefing note, which outlines the Church of England’s position and suggests how we might respond. Click here for to the briefing note.
Funding for urgent Structural repairs on church buildings (National Churches Trust)
Grants up to £40,000 for projects carrying out urgent and essential structural repairs to listed and unlisted buildings originally built as places for worship and open to public use. Deadline 5th March 2018 for a decision in July. Click here for more details.
Funding for essential repairs to architecturally significant church buildings (Churchcare).
Grants are available to support parishes and cathedrals caring for their buildings with the costs of essential fabric repairs such as roof and masonry repairs.
Click here for more information about funding and grants available for churches through Churchcare.
Funding for church projects aiming to increase community use of their buildings - National Churches Trust
The 2017 Community Grants programme is now open: grants available for up to £20,000 for projects supporting churches to improve their facilities, making them more accessible, enabling increased community use of places of workship. Next deadline is 5th March 2018 for a decision in July 2018. Click here for further details.
Yorkshire Maintenance Project - National Churches Trust's Maintenance Grants Programme
The National Churches Trust, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, has set up this pilot programme which offers grants of between £1,000 and £2,500 to encourage churches to act on small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs to listed church buildings, as identified in a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report, condition survey or report by a gutter management contractor, and costed between £2,000 and £10,000.
Proposed works must be to the main listed church building, and applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs, and to have obtained two quotes for the works.
The next deadline for applications is 24th January 2018...watch this space for other deadlines in 2018.
JustGiving is now available FREE to churches. JustGiving for Churches is a tool which enables churches to fundraise online and by text. Click here for further information on registering for this opportunity to boost your funds or raise funds for a specific project.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
All Churches Trust
Heritage Alliance Funding Directory
Trust funding - you will need a password to access the search facility - please contact the team.
Awards for All
Parish Resources and in particular the funding list.
DAC - Churchcare grants