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/ 19 November 2019

Parish fundraising support ideas and resources

Ways to Fundraise

I walked into the reception area of my local gym recently to find a 12-hour ‘singathon’ in full swing. It was a fundraiser for ‘Children in Need’ and the staff there were definitely putting the fun into FUNdraising!

Inspiring others to fundraise on your behalf will not only raise much-needed funds, it will help to engage a wider audience and provide a platform to tell the story of why you are fundraising for a specific cause or project.

Sponsorship events are another great way of raising awareness. At a recent fundraising workshop, I shared the story of how one church leader had approached a local construction company to ask if they would take part in a sponsorship event. Several suggestions later a deal was struck.

The company that had several building sites surrounding the church, instructed 40 cyclists to each raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship, and ride to each building site and collect a stamp before returning to the church. Given the target amount was £10,000, I would have thrown a bit of a party in their honour at the finish – inviting family and friends of those taking part so they too could learn more about the church and all that happened there.

Looking forward, the fundraising team have some ideas and events listed below, that we suggest can help any fundraising project, including a re-run of our incredibly popular and successful Parish Fundraising Workshops on Tuesday 17 March at London Diocesan House – so save the date.

Grant Funding Update:

The National Lottery’s Community Fund 25th Birthday £7.5m pot. This has just opened, so here are further details on application processes.

The London Community Foundation announces the launch of a new £2m fund from the Government for grassroots organisations who in tackling loneliness. Further details will be announced in due course.

The Mrs Smith and Mount Trust provide grants for projects, running costs/core funding; salaries; advice services; furnishings/equipment and organisational development.

Useful Resources:

Mission +Mortar Encounter Tool

The free Mission + Mortar Encounter Tool from the Diocese of Hereford has been created thanks to as a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. It has been developed to help communities, who look after historic churches to identify new and existing resources, enabling them to continue as a worship focal point, whilst also serving the wider community.

To start a questionnaire and produce a bespoke set of resources, simply create an account and then select ‘Other Church’ rather than any Hereford Diocese church.

Community Businesses within places of worship

Some of the more rural parishes in the Diocese of London might be interested in learning how the Plunkett Foundation has been supporting rural communities across the UK to tackle the issues they face through community business.

Community Transformation Toolkit – Capital Mass, a partnership between the Diocese of London and the Church Urban Fund, has teamed up with the Cinnamon Network to secure free consultancy for churches wishing to engage deeper with their community, change lives and impact society.

Whether you are an established church reviewing its community engagement, or a church stepping out into social action for the first time, then this could be for you. Limited places are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email Tarn here to discuss further.

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. 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. This search engine as many times as you want.

It will flag up some of the big funders, but you can also restrict the search to find funders that will only support projects in your area. A great resource to help parishes start to identify those that may potentially support their project.

I trust you find this update useful and as always, please email any comments or suggestions about fundraising 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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