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/ 29 July 2020

Parish Fundraising Support: July 2020

Grant Makers and Trust Foundations

Fundraising is a continual and ever-present challenge for many parishes – always there, bubbling away in the background. In my role as Parish Fundraising Manager for the Diocese of London, I am charged with doing all I can to help parishes understand what needs to happen before the actual fundraising can start.

In our recent webinars, we looked at how this could be achieved. Starting with planning a project and then, when the project was agreed (including what was to be achieved and why) writing the ‘Case for Support’ so that all interested parties were on the same page.

The next step would be to look at where the money will come from!

The long-held belief that receiving a donation from a grant maker or trust foundation is the answer to many funding crises, is sadly no longer true. To run a successful fundraising campaign today a parish will need a well thought through fundraising strategy to identify the different funding streams that best fit the needs. Trust and grant funding may be included as one of these streams.

Two recent 20-minute Fundraising Master Class webinars looked more closely at this area of fundraising:

  • Webinar 3: Raising funds from Grants and Trusts
    • How grant-making Trust & Foundations operate
    • How to approach these funders
    • Which funders should be targeted
  • Webinar 4: Writing a great funding application
    • How to write trust funding applications to maximise the chances of success.

Both these sessions, along with the PowerPoint presentations and speakers notes are available at https://www.london.anglican.org/support/fundraising/fundraising-training-resources/

All of our webinars etc, can be accessed on this web page, along with the recent blogs by the fundraising team and other contributors. Click here to see more.

Fundraising Webinars:

Following the success of our 20-minute Fundraising Master Classes, we will be hosting fortnightly webinars from Tuesday 8 September. More information will follow so please keep an eye on the Fundraising Training Resources web page and follow us on @fundmychurch Twitter feed for the latest news on the guest presenter and the fundraising topic.

Grant funding update:

Allchurches Trust has launched a new grants programme – Hope Beyond – aimed at enabling churches and Christian charities to meet changing need within their communities as the longer-term impact of Covid-19 becomes clearer.

Funding projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, Hope Beyond will help churches, Christian charities and communities to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic – building resilience and encouraging hope.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available, and the amount you receive will depend upon the cost of the project and level of need in your community, ranging from 10% to 80% of the project cost.

The London Community Response Fund has information here about the three types of grants (Crisis; Enable; Adapt) currently available.

National Churches Trust have grant funding available for essential maintenance work and small repairs through their Foundation grant programme in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust.

Their final deadline for 2020 funding through this programme will be 30 October 2020, but as maintenance is so important to the condition of church buildings, they are urging you not to delay! Majority of their grants fund repairs to rainwater goods, drainage repairs, small repointing and stone repairs, and/or small roof repairs. Follow the link for the full guidance and access to the online application form. NCT also have maintenance plans and resources to assist parishes care for their buildings.

Church Grants

And finally, a reminder of the link to the Church Grants: London.churchgrants.co.uk – a free to use searchable grant funding database for all parishes in the Diocese of London

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.

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.

Useful information:

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.

Any parishes that feel they need help with their fundraising may consider using Kickstarter, a new service from the Church Grants team*. For more information email: info@nullchurchgrants.co.uk.

*The Church Grants Team are Andrew Clark MinstF (Cert) and Matthew Lagden MinstF, two expert fundraisers with many years experience of raising funds for churches. They work in partnership with the Diocese of London to provide the Church Grants searchable database (free access to all parishes in the Diocese of London via London.churchgrants.co.uk) and training resources.

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.

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