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/ 3 March 2020

Parish Fundraising Support

Fund my church collection buckets

As the Parish Fundraising Manager, I talk to a lot of people about fundraising. No surprises there!

One of the most common questions asked is whether I can provide the name of a grant-funder that will support their project. The answer, in a word, is always ‘NO’.

Applying to a grant-funder is a bit like applying for a job. Careful research is needed to make sure that this is the right funder (job) for you. Take the funders aims and objectives (job description and person specification) use your project (experience) to put together the application.

One really important thing to remember is that grant funding is not the ‘golden egg’ it used to be. Like a lot of other funders, grant makers want to make sure that any donation is well spent. And finally, when researching where the money you need is coming from, grant funding should be just one of several other income streams included as part of the fundraising strategy.

Fundraising training:

The following event will be hosted at London Diocesan House, 36 Causton Street, SW1P 4AU.

Tuesday 17th March. 4.00pm – 8.00pm – Parish Fundraising Workshop

For anyone not able to join us in 2019, this is the final re-run of the 2019 Parish Fundraising Workshop. A not to be missed opportunity for those involved – or going to be involved – in fundraising covering topics such as:

  • Planning your project
  • Creating your fundraising strategy
  • Writing an inspirational case for support

With plenty of time to network over refreshments provided, register here to secure your place.

Grant Funding Update:

The National Churches Trust are inviting churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the UK to take part in a new online survey to help find out how they are maintained, funded, managed and contribute to their wider communities.

The survey is available online https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JGRHHSY and will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The deadline for completion is Wednesday 4th March 2020 but please do take part if you can.

Data from the survey will be used in a new study into the benefits that churches provide to local communities and to the UK more generally. The new research will build on a similar study, undertaken in 2010, which looked at the physical condition of places of worship and also the way they are managed, funded and used by their communities.

Church Grants

And finally, a reminder that parishes in the Diocese of London can access the Church Grants database at no cost via London.churchgrants.co.uk.

We have been partnering with Church Grants since 2019 and hundreds of churches in the Diocese of London have already made use of the 350+ funder database to raise funds for repairs, restoration, heritage and social outreach projects. Recent additions to the Church Grants site include funders that have made donations for work to organs, bells and international development projects.

To carry out a free search enter the unique 4-digit parish reference number (the one used to identify the parish for the finance team) – 1234 – and then click the church/parish name from the drop-down menu. You can use this search engine as many times as you want to identify prospective grant funders for your projects.

You can also download a handy guide on how to use Church Grants here. Happy searching!

Any comments or suggestions about future fundraising events can be emailed to Parish Fundraising Manager, Carol Ward, at Parish Fundraising Support, the dedicated email enquiry line for parishes with fundraising queries.


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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