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/ 15 January 2020

Parish Fundraising Support: January 2020

New Year! New Start!

With (almost) the whole of 2020 ahead, many parishes will take the opportunity to think about their mission and discuss how they would like to serve their neighbourhood.

Sometimes this can be overwhelming. How can the urgent and emerging needs of local communities be identified? Carrying out a Community Audit is by far the best way of finding out. The results of this audit can also be used to inform the parish Mission Action Plan (MAP) and, when prospective funders ask ‘Have you consulted with your local community?’, the answer is a resounding ‘YES!:

Fundraising training events:

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

Tuesday 3rd March. 2.30pm – 5.00pm – Fundraising for Social Action

Join us for this training session as we look at how churches can raise money to respond compassionately to the needs they see in their parish and community.

Whether you need to raise money to get a project going, or need funds to keep an existing project running, this session is for you! With input from expert fundraisers and those already working in parishes, there will be plenty of time to share ideas and network over refreshments, so please register in advance.

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 Deo Gloria Trust seeks to promote the Good News about Jesus Christ and to encourage Christians to share it with others.

To celebrate the continuous support they’ve given to Christian Organisations over the past 55 year, the Deo Gloria Trust: 2020 Competition provides an opportunity for 4 charities to each win £20,000 over a 3 year period.

Both of these Community Foundations are managing the London provision of the #iwill Fund – a UK-wide campaign that is providing grants to make social action part of life for as many young people as possible.

Parishes in the City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets that are interested in finding out more about grants available to them should click here and then scroll down to find the link to their borough.

Parishes in the other London boroughs should click here to find out more.

Previously known as the Big Lottery Fund, The National Lottery Community Fund offers a wide range of grants.

This ACT grants programme aims to help churches and Christian organisations to connect with children and young people and forge lasting links with families in their area.

Useful Resources:

Start with the Why

In this video clip, Andy Burns, previous Exec Director of Capital Mass, explains how to tell your story to prospective funders in an inspirational and compelling way.

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. 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.

I trust you find this update useful. Previous blogs about fundraising can be found here.

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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