Your Church has exciting plans to play your part in caring for God’s creation, but where is the money going to come from?

The Diocesan Stewardship and Income Generation team can help in a number of ways. Visit their pages to meet the team and view their resources here.

For your environmental project, you may want to consider raising money in a number of different ways:

  • Community Fundraising
  • Loan funding. If your project is likely to generate savings, you could take out a loan and pay it back with the money you save. For example, a fitting LED lights will often save considerably on a churches’ electricity bill with a short payback period on the capital outlay. The Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance lend money through their loan scheme. Find out more here
  • Grant Funding. See our list of grant funding bodies that fund environmental projects here.  

There is a 12 step Funding and Capital Appeals Guidance on the Church of England website. 

The DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee) can provide advice and information on applying for a faculty for development work in churches. 

Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund is available to help community groups in rural areas across our Diocese develop renewable energy projects. Organisations within a community of less than 10,000 inhabitants are invited to apply for up to £140,000 to assess the feasibility of installing new energy technologies such as wind, hydro, biomass, solar and anaerobic digestion. Energy efficiency projects and renewable heating systems are also included.

As applications must come from two or more buildings working collaboratively we think this will be of interest to school/church partnerships, multi-parish benefices and deaneries, but this is not an exclusive list and other groups are welcome to look at the opportunity.

Watch the presentation given by Alan Millar, the RCEF Project Officer, to churches on 30th September for more information. There are a number of groups of churches within the diocese looking to bid for funding. To join one of these projects or to initiate one contact Alan Miller Alan.Millar [at]  or Jemima Parker, Diocesan Environment Officer Jemima.parker [at]

Here is a presentation from Alan Millar, Rural Community Energy Fund Officer for the North East, Yorkshire and Humber Energy Fund, on the Rural Community Energy Fund.

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