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 from the funding pages on the Diocesan website 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.

May 4th - Business Committee on May 20th

June 1st - Business Committee on June 17th

June 28th - Business Committee on July 15th

August 9th - Business Committee meets September 2nd

No September daedline, as next Business Committee is in October

October 4th - Business Committee on October 21st

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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The Raynond Ross fund

Criteria and deadlines for applications to follow soon.


The South Derbyshire Community Partnerships Scheme  

Has been developed to provide support, advice and grant funding to community projects in South Derbyshire. It encourages self-help, joint working relationships and the fulfilment of community aspiration. It is designed to assist community groups to attract external funds such as lottery money to South Derbyshire. They support a wide variety of projects providing that they benefit communities within South Derbyshire. Typical examples include: sports, arts, heritage, environmental and other community projects

• the provision of new community buildings or refurbishment / improvement of existing community buildings
• the purchase of major items of equipment - individual items must cost a minimum of £4,000 to be eligible
• purchase of land - with an application for grant towards the cost of the acquisition of land or buildings, the authority may take advice as to the value of the property and grant will not be given on expenditure in excess of the price recommended by an approved valuer
• access improvements to buildings, particularly for people with disabilities.
Partnership Development Officer, South Derbyshire District Council Leisure and Community Development Civic Offices, Civic Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 0AH.Tel: 01283 228741; Email:

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Community Action Grant
In 2016-17, Hardyal Dhindsa, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire will share £275,000 among community safety organisations that support his Police and Crime Plan Priorities. These include keeping vulnerable people safe from harm, supporting victims, maintaining strong and effective partnership working, tackling drugs and alcohol, supporting those with mental health issues and working with young people to break the cycle of offending and repeat victimisation.
He has invited community groups, non-profit making organisations and third sector organisations to work with him to deliver his priorities at a local level.
Large grants of between £2,501 and £25,000 will be available once during any one financial year while smaller grants of up to £2,500 will be allocated three times per year. All successful grants will run for a maximum 12-month period.
For further guidance and information, please follow the link below:

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Funding for Young People to Improve their Community 
vInspired Cashpoint has reopened. To express your interest please visit and fill out the form. The concept is simple - if you're 14-25 and have an idea for a project that will benefit your community we want to help. They are offering grants of up to £500 to turn your ideas into reality. You'll get plenty of support from their cashpoint team but you'll get to run your project, the way you want to. Select apply online and we'll email you with the link to the application form and some further information to help get you started.

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Funding for work with isolated elderly people 
CUF recently received a generous legacy of £50,000 from one of their supporters to be used to support work with isolated elderly people. They are sharing this through the Together Grants Programme.  If you want to discuss possibilities locally, the best person to contact would be your diocesan CUF link officer, Gareth Greenwood, tel: 01332 388690;

The Church Urban Fund are  keen to ensure that the money available does get spent!   

More information about the Together Grant programme can be found at

Wakeham Trust supporting the improvement of communities 
Support for groups of individuals as well as small community and voluntary groups that want to improve their communities.  Small projects favoured - often, start-ups. Grants are usually £75 - £750 to help people rebuild their communities. See:

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The Family Fund 
Helps families with severely disabled children to have choices and the opportunity to enjoy ordinary life. Grants are given for things that make life easier and more enjoyable for the disabled child and their family, such as washing machines, driving lessons, hospital visiting costs, computers and holidays. The Fund is a registered charity. See:

Family projects  
Porticus UK award grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 for registered charities that strengthen family relationships or enrich education. Details at:

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