The opportunities to develop our mission and reach out into the community are great, but they often come at a cost which cannot always be met through the regular giving of the church members.
Where To Start
Fundraising is a crucial part of any project. 'Raise the Funds' is the Church of England's step-by-step guide to fundraising in your church. It begins with advice on putting together your fundraising team and gives guidance on developing your vision and story, collecting evidence and writing your strategy. An invaluable toolkit is available to download. This is an excellent place to start for ideas.
A similar but equally useful resource has been written by Resourcing Scotland's Heritage. This leads fundraisers on a four step journey to success:
- Understanding the Principles of Fundraising
- Developing a Fundraising Strategy
- Writing a Case For Support
- Attracting Funding From Private Sources
We know that leading a larger project can be a daunting prospect and so the Church of England have produced a toolkit called 'Crossing the Threshold'. First created by the Diocese of Hereford in 2009, and subsequently updated in 2013, this invaluable resource is packed with 268 pages of advice, hints and tips for any group taking a community development approach towards adapting a church building for wider community use, while balancing the needs of existing worshippers. This free resource breaks down projects into three key stages:
- Preparing the Ground,
- Looking at Your Options,
- Delivering Your Project.
New Funding Opportunities
The Screwfix Foundation is a registered charity set up in 2013. They have a clear purpose of raising funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK. With grants of up to £5000 they support all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.
The Transform Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new funding programme designed to fund the development of new websites for small charities with incomes below £350k who are not eligible for their main website grant.
With the success of their Website Grant for charities with incomes above £350k, there has been consistent demand from smaller charities for a programme tailored to their needs. If you are looking to develop your own, professional church website then this could be for you.
All Churches Trust have a brand new fund called 'Growing Lives' . Growing Lives, aims to help churches and Christian organisations to connect with children and young people and forge lasting links with families in their local area. Grants of up to £25,000 are available.
Tesco Bags of Help supports projects that bring benefit to their communities – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.
Near Neighbours offer funding for local groups who are involved in developing relationships and improving communities.
Local Funding Opportunities
Harrogate: Up to £1000 is available every year for churches within a 7 mile radius of the Harrogate War Memorial through the Harrogate Churches Repair Fund. Please contact clare.bellamy [at] leeds.anglican.org to discover more.
Huddersfield and Wakefield: The Bishops Development Fund is a charity to help Anglican Churches in the Huddersfield and Wakefield Episcopal Areas to develop new mission initiatives. Email Cath Fox at bdf.enquiries [at] gmail.com to find out more.
The Heritage Lottery Fund supports all types of Heritage projects. If your church or project will actively encourage people to engage with heritage then you may be eligible - check here to see if your project counts.
Funding for Buildings
Essential repairs to architecturally significant church buildings is covered by Churchcare. Grants are available to support parishes and cathedrals caring for their buildings with the costs of essential fabric repairs such as roof and masonry repairs.
Structual repair works are also funded by the National Churches Trust. Their Foundation, Gateway and Cornerstone funding programmes provide grants from £500 to £50,000.
All Churches Trust will fund all sorts of repairs and mission work going on in your church. Check out their website to discover more.
In Yorkshire, The Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust provides funds for churches, chapels and meeting houses of all Christian denomination within the county of Yorkshire. Funding ranges from relatively small schemes such as repairs to monuments, to much larger ones including large scale re-pointing of stonework, complete roofing repairs and replacements and other more complex conservation works.
The Places of Worship Protective Funding Security Scheme is open for applications. It provides funding for protective security measures to places of worship and associated faith community centres that are vulnerable to hate crime.
Finding Your Own Funding
Parish Resources produce a document that lists funders who will help with a wide range of Church Projects, from buildings, to bells!
A quick and easy online search portal provided by Voluntary Action Leeds can be found here.
The Diocese subscribe to the Directory of Social Change's Funds Online portal. Here you can search through over 8000 funders for your specific project. Please contact parishresources [at] leeds.anglican.org for your log in details so you can find your perfect funding match!
The Heritage Funding Directory is a free, easy-to-use funding search tool and guide for anyone undertaking UK related heritage projects.
It's always good to get something back from the taxman and with the Listed Place of Worship Scheme you can do just that! Works to listed buildings are able to claim back VAT costs.
And Finally, Help is Always At Hand...
Support and advice is available through the stewardship team to help with funding projects. Look out for training events or contact us have a chat about the opportunities and challenges specific to your project. We will provide details of any on-going and one off funding opportunities that we hear about on these pages. If you want to ask any more specific questions do contact one of us and we'll see if we can help.
Raise The Funds - Church of England
Resourcing Scotland's Heritage - Inspiring Fundraising
Crossing The Threshold - Churchcare National Lottery Heritage Fund
All Churches Trust
Heritage Alliance Funding Directory
National Lottery Community Fund
Parish Resources and in particular the funding list.