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/ 1 September 2021

Fundraising update: helpful content for your grant applications

Carol Ward shares some research which can be used in funding applications.

In October 2020, the National Churches Trust, produced its The House of Good report to highlight why church buildings are so much more than places of worship.

Fundraising Consultant, Dr Clare Jefferis, MCIOF has produced this very helpful summary of highlights from the report that can be copied and pasted into funding applications to help strengthen the case for support. As an example, who would have known that there are more foodbanks than McDonald’s in the UK and most are linked to a church…….

  • There are over 40,000 churches in the UK. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.4)
  • Together, the UK’s church buildings provide the social glue that keeps our communities together. They are the safety net that stops our most vulnerable people falling through the cracks. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.5)
  • There are more foodbanks than McDonald’s in the UK – most are linked to a church. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.5)
  • 89% of churches continued providing local support [during Covid-19]. They are a ready-made network of responsive hubs providing care and creating wellbeing for our local communities. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.9)
  • The National Churches Trust report ‘House For Good’ (October 2020) reports that because churches have rigorous safeguarding and volunteering checks already in place, they are in a position to rapidly reach out to their communities, enabling them to respond to local need.
  • In 2017 the Church of England estimated that only half of its churches have a kitchen and one third lack toilets.[1] (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.15)
  • Churches in the most deprived parishes in the country are far more likely to struggle than those in less deprived areas and even more likely to close (Struggling, Closed and Closing Churches Report, Church Buildings Council February 2020, p. 4)
  • Our church buildings are in danger. And if they’re in danger, so are our most underprivileged communities. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.15)
  • The Covid-19 pandemic has underlined how much life-changing work churches do to support the most vulnerable in our society. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.15)
  • People are willing to give their time, energy and compassion to support their local communities. Each church in the UK reports an average of 214 volunteer hours per month. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.25)
  • Churches play a vital role in setting up and running the vast majority of Trussell Trust food banks and 50% of independent food banks in the UK. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.28)
  • The National Churches Trust report ‘House For Good’ (October 2020) reports that church volunteers, for example bellringers, cleaners, flower arrangers, choir say that volunteering contributes to their self-confidence; physical and mental health; and their spiritual wellbeing.
  • Evidence shows that people who attend church services feel happier and healthier than those who don’t. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.29)
  • The increased wellbeing experienced by people attending church could be due to ‘companionship and social interaction… a sense of belonging and purpose. Also, it could simply be the pleasure of being in such a beautiful place with a rich history.’ (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.29)
  • Using 2020 church attendance figures, the wellbeing value of regular church attendance in the UK is £604 per person (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.29)
  • Church buildings should be regarded as key places – recognising the life-changing social and wellbeing value that they bring to everyone, but especially the most vulnerable people in the most disadvantaged towns and villages in the UK. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.32)
  • Church buildings should be regarded as key places – recognising the life-changing social and wellbeing value that they bring to everyone. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.32)
  • Churches] are a ready-made network of responsive hubs that look after the care and wellbeing of the local community. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.32)
  • Places of worship in deprived areas find it hardest to raise money for their buildings. Yet that’s often where they do the greatest amount of good. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.32)
  • In more deprived areas where church buildings are a major contributor to caring for the community but where raising funds is more difficult. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.32)
  • Use of church buildings for community activities, in addition to worship, increases their long-term viability. Additional uses bring in new people who then have a stake in the future of the building. Funding to provide toilets, kitchens and other essential facilities in church buildings will enable these buildings to fully function as Houses of Good. (The House of Good report October 2020, National Churches Trust p.32)

Dr Clare Jefferis, MCIOF
Fundraising Consultant
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Training Webinars  – Meet the Funders

A reminder that the first of our ‘Meet the Funders’ webinars is on 16 September when Chloe Ewen, Grants Manager from All Churches Trust will be joining us at 2pm to explain more about their grant funding streams. To reserve a place please register in advance

Information, Advice and Guidance about fundraising is available from the @fundmychurch team via email to parishfundraisingsupport@nulllondon.anglican.org

 

[1] Parishes wanting to install/improve bathroom facilities, may find useful statistics on these websites:

British Toilet Association

Accessible Toilet Survey


About Carol Ward

Carol Ward is the Parish Fundraising Manager for the Diocese of London, and has a wealth of experience across many sectors for parishes to call on. She is married to Andy. Together, they have three children, two grandchildren, and a dog called Jack.

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