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The Raymond Ross Small Grant Scheme

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.

2020 remaining application deadlines are:

  • 18 September for an October decision
  • 4 December for a January 2021 decision

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

Please note: If you have a larger project which you are looking to fund, the Raymond Ross Large Grant Scheme will become available again shortly – watch out for announcements on this website or in E-news.

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

>> Download The Raymond Ross Small Grants Scheme application form [Word]

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National Churches Trust

Click here for more information on the Wren Heritage Fund and other grants available through the National Churches Trust.

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National Grants List

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

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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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Church Urban Fund - Together Grants

The Community Project Development Officer acts as the Diocese Link Officer for the Church Urban Fund.

The Mustard Seed Grant programme aims to provide grants of up to £5,000 to enable churches and faith-based organisations to engage in social action, by supporting them to initiate or develop community work.

For details and updated funding criteria, go to

All applications to this fund have to come through the Diocesan Link Officer and should either be emailed to or posted to Church Urban Fund Link Officer, Derby Church House, Full Street, Derby, DE1 3DR

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The Lone Parent Fund

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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External Funders

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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Funding Training

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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The Diocese of Derby

For SatNav directions, please use DE1 3DR. However, please note that the car park behind Derby Church House (Derby Cathedral Car Park) is contract only Monday-Friday and so unavailable to visitors. Paid parking is available at Chapel Street Multistorey Car Park (DE1 3GU), Park Safe (Bold Lane) DE1 3NT and the Assembly Rooms Car Park (DE1 3AF). Derby Cathedral Car Park is available as paid parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

Contact and Find Us

Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

01332 388650


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