This fund offers parishes an exciting opportunity to develop their local church or hall premises, making them more community and mission shaped, and accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Your project needs to meet outcomes which achieve and support mission, community or growth. A preference will be given to applications from parishes in deprived areas of the Diocese. The maximum grant available will be £25,000 and requires match funding. Parishes will be required to take up grants within two years of a successful application. 

Applications will be assessed by the Business Committee on a quarterly basis. 

The fund is not available for maintenance or repair and cannopt be applied for retrospectively.


To dowbload the fund criteria and general information click HERE


To download an an application Form click HERE


Remaining 2021 application deadlines:

13th December for the Business Committee in January 2022

For any further information about applying for the Raymond Ross Large Grants email:

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This new £100k fund is aimed at supporting local congregations to act with a generous faith, through engaging with and embracing the communities they seek to serve. The Diocesan Vision encourages us to be outward facing, rooted in and connected to our communities.

There is an expectation that parishes will work in partnership and create networks for the common good, with particular care for the marginalised and vulnerable. The projects this fund is seeking to support are those which see the church proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom in word and action. The church needs to be good news for all, and this means projects that look to include and/or partner with, other groups or individuals in the host community, demonstrating meaningful and open engagement with those who have had little or no contact with the congregation.

The Diocese wishes to particularly encourage churches to reach out to those who have not considered the church community as a group to which they can relate. Projects that build on the notion of tolerance, reconciliation and friendship will be of particular interest, as will projects that clearly demonstrate the key characteristic of outward-facing generosity, impacting the world for good​.

You can apply for up to £2000 without match funding required. Further information, criteria and application forms can be downloaded here or requested from the Community Project Development Officer, Gareth Greenwood by email at


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis to be considered by the Business Committee. For monthly cut-off dates, see below.

Remaining 2021 application deadlines:

November 1st - Business Committee on November 18th

November 29th - Business Committee on December 16th


You can download the application form and criteria here

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Do you have a small church project that could have a big impact?

Are you looking for a relatively small grant that requires no match funding?

If so, this could be just right for you; £5,000 to fund small but not insignificant capital projects that will generate outcomes which achieve and support mission, community or growth.

There are always good ideas on the boil to enhance welcome, improve accessibility, or perhaps to make small but much needed changes to internal areas. So now is the time to make a significant impact through a small change.

Details, including a full list of criteria and downloadable application form, are available below.

Remaining 2021 application deadlines are:

  • November 1st - Business Committee on November 18th
  • November 29th - Business Committee on December 16th

 If you are successful, you will be expected to draw on the grant within 12 months.


>> Download The Raymond Ross Small Grants Scheme information and criteria [PDF]

Download Application Form here

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Please click here for the National Grants List which lists the charitable grants available to churches

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If you are unsure as to the cicumstances in which you can apply for a loan under this scheme, don't hesitate to contact the Head of Finance

Download application form here

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Help with fundraising ... get in touch as early as possible as it can save a lot of time in the long run!

Raising funds from external sources (charitable trusts, government funding streams, the Lottery etc) is a complicated and time consuming affair and it needs dedication.  There is a wide range of support available through different agencies across Derbyshire, contact details for which are available from Gareth Greenwood, the Community Project Development Officer.  These include software to search through the many thousands of trusts and funding streams to select those who may be persuaded to fund your initiative.

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The Community Action Officer is able to offer funding via churches and other organisations in Derbyshire advocating on behalf of lone parents in particular need.  Amounts up to £150 can be applied for by writing to Lone Parent Fund, Derby Church House, Full Street, Derby, DE1 3DR marking the envelope and letter confidential or apply by email to or  


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Particular charitable trusts or other funding streams are regularly brought to our attention and we include them here.  Please note however that there are a wide range of trusts and if you are serious about raising trust funding it is always worth doing a systematic search of funding sources.  Various organisations have software to help you do this including the Councils for Voluntary Service in districts across Derbyshire and in Derby itself.

Derbyshire County Council have a useful page listing some local sources of funding. They also have access to GrantNet, an online directory of sources of funding.  Funding Central, is a similar national resource.

Click here for further funding. 

Feedback please ...

If you have any experience of applying to these or other trusts that you want to share, again please do contact  and we may include it on this page so that others can learn from your experience.

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New National List of Charitable Grants:

A Guide to finding funding, investment and support 
Produced by the East Midlands Funding Forum and launched at One East Midlands annual conference on 21 November, Funding the East Midlands has been developed to help signpost groups and organisations to finding the right funding, investment or support for their community and social projects. The booklet is a start point for those new to finding funding and investment, but also a reminder for those more experienced of the wide range of funders and investors still supporting the East Midlands region. – download the guide from:-

Forget the grant – how to raise local donor funding

South Derbyshire CVS offers a comprehensive Funding Advice Service
To any group or organisation working in or supporting people from South Derbyshire. If you have an idea for a project or need funding to carry on doing what you’re already doing, then the team, may be able to help you. The team can offer advice on what funding is available, how to make an effective bid and much more, so for more information please contact them on 01283 219761 or email

40 minutes to improve your funding applications
For a series of brief video clips and exercises which could improve your bid writing go to

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