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 email@example.com
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
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://www.cuf.org.uk/how-we-help/cuf-funding/together-grants
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: http://www.wakehamtrust.org/
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: www.familyfund.org.uk/
Porticus UK award grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 for registered charities that strengthen family relationships or enrich education. Details at: http://uk.porticus.com/en/application-guidelines