Parish Fundraising Support during lockdown
As we enter our fifth week of lockdown, it seems to me that life is beginning to settle down into a strange ‘new’ normality with people starting to look ahead to see what may be possible during this current season. This includes considering what fundraising options might be available.
The good news is that funders such as the National Churches Trust (NCT) continue to make grants despite the lockdown/pandemic and are actively encouraging applications from churches that need help to tackle urgent repairs, maintenance work and install modern facilities such as kitchens and toilets.
St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield (probably best known as the location of the fourth wedding in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral) is an example of a church that recently received an award from NCT. A £10,000 Cornerstone Grant will help fund repair of the Lady Chapel roof making the church watertight and preserving its historic fabric.
NCT plans to distribute £1.4 million in grants during 2020. Additionally, the Trust will administer the distribution of £200,000 of funding through the Wolfson Fabric Repair Grants (full details at www.nationalchurchestrust.org/grants) as mentioned in my previous blog.
I also mentioned that many grant funders have joined forces to create bigger than usual emergency funding streams. A list of these emergency funding sources is available on the Diocesan website. Click here to access the Parish Finances & Fundraising page; scroll down to the fundraising section and click ‘Where can I find a list of current funders?’ to access this information.
Fundraising training events
Given the latest news that social distancing might well continue until the end of the year, the @fundmychurch team are looking at other ways we can help support parish fundraising. One suggestion is a series of webinars to offer targeted IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) to help parishes think through the available options during these very strange times. If you would be interested in learning more about this webinar option, email Parish Fundraising Support with the word WEBINAR in the title line.
We also remain hopeful that the cancelled Parish Fundraising Workshop on 17 March will be rescheduled for later in the year, possibly as a Zoom option.
For a list of articles about fundraising, (including fundraising posts by other teams) visit: https://www.london.anglican.org/articles/category/fundraising/
Grant funding update
A reminder that parishes in the Diocese of London can access the Church Grants database free of charge through this link: London.churchgrants.co.uk.
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.
Recent additions to the Church Grants site include funders that have made donations for work to organs, bells and international development projects as well as for repairs, restoration, heritage and social outreach projects.
If you are unfamiliar with applying for funding and would like support with how to complete your application, you can contact Sarah Reilly, Fundraising Manager (maternity cover) by email for advice.
Parishes that need additional help with their fundraising may wish to consider using Kickstarter, a new service from the Church Grants team.
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.