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.
In the meantime we have created a Guide to Fundraising which you may find helpful and interesting.
Watch this space for information and updates about on-going and new funding initiatives and opportunities.
A new Funding Opportunity
Calor rural community fund - up to £5000
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.
The fund is currently closed, however if you register your interest you will be notified of when the fund is open and the submission dates for 2019. Just go to https://www.calor.co.uk/communityfund
In early 2019 the Heritage Lottery Fund will begin a new, five-year Strategic Funding Framework that sets out how they will distribute National Lottery good causes money for heritage.
In addition, the UK Government has recently published its Tailored Review of HLF performance and the Mendoza Review of Museums in England. Both of these recommend new ways of working, including simplifying our grant giving processes and operating even more efficiently, getting the most value from National Lottery funding.
This year 2018-2019 is a transitional year and HLF have begun to simplify their grant programme portfolio ahead of the new Strategic Funding Framework. The Heritage Grants and Heritage Enterprise programmes closed in mid-August, while all other grant programmes are open until late January 2018.
In late January 2019, as HLF publish our new Strategic Funding Framework, their new funding portfolio will open. This will be a simpler and more flexible funding offer, with a single open programme for all types of heritage project, and new resources and digital guidance on our website to support applicants. HLF will offer grants from £3000 to £5 million, with proportionate processes and requirements at different levels of grant.
More detail about application requirements will be published in January.
For more information, please see:
National Churches Trust grant programmes are changing
In line with the National Churches Trust's new strategy for 2019-2023, NCT are revising their grant programmes.
Each of the existing grant programmes closed at its last deadline and 3 new grant programmes are opening: Foundation, Gateway and Cornerstone Grants.
For more information and deadlines, please see: https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/grant-programmes-2019-2023
The Cornerstone Grant is open, offering awards of between £10,000 and £50,000 for structural repairs/maintenance issues costed over £100,000; installation of kitchens and toilets over £30,000.
Keep visiting the National Churches website for future deadlines and information on the grant programme.
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.
The Transform Foundation - New Grant Programme To Fund Website Redevelopment For Small Charities - may be worth a look and a phone call to find out more.
The Transform Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new funding programme designed to fund the development of new websites for small charities with incomes below £350k who are not eligible for their main Website Grant.
With the success of our Website Grant for charities with incomes above £350k, there has been consistent demand from smaller charities for a programme tailored to their needs.
This is why we have created this new programme, currently in its pilot phase, to meet this demand. To this end, successful applicants to this programme will receive a more streamlined website design and build process, which requires less time and resource from the charity and is therefore more suited to small charities.
You can find out more details on this programme and how you can apply by visiting:
The Transform Foundation believes nonprofit projects should be able to make a difference to the greatest number of people.
Together with our Facebook Advertising Grants, Charity Incubator and Digital Skills Timebank, the programme forms part of our wider effort to help the charity sector transition from traditional fundraising techniques to the digital world.
If you’re a charity considering redeveloping your website or keen to unlock the power of digital fundraising, we look forward to hearing from you.
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