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/ 16 October 2019

Parish Fundraising Support: October 2019

Moving on from last months fundraising update, I am always mindful that local fundraising should reflect the local area. If you are part of a parish in say Tower Hamlets or Hackney a ‘Black Tie Ball’ is possibly not the sort of event that will appeal to your local community whereas parishes in Westminster or Kensington, especially if their congregations are well connected to The City, might well decide that this is a great way to raise funds for them.

Local – or sometimes community fundraising – can be achieved in many ways but will quite often be inspired by a personal challenge or a wish to make a difference.

The Revd Craig Holmes, vicar of St Richard’s Church, Hanworth, who has raised thousands of pounds through previous running adventures, decided to fundraise by taking part in the ‘Grand to Grand’ ultramarathon – 170 miles through the desert of Arizona and Utah USA, in 6 stages, over 7 days.

Craig, who has raised £3000 through Grand to Grand so far, has used his love of running to raise funds for a place he really cares about – Hanworth and the church’s community building project. This fundraising was definitely inspired by a personal challenge to my mind.

On a completely different scale, Izzy, my 6-year-old granddaughter wanted to make a difference.

Izzy, who has been learning about endangered and extinct animals decided she wanted to raise some money to help save the animals. The main challenge was how to do this to reach as many people as possible in a safe way. The answer for us was to set up a Facebook fundraiser: Izzy’s fundraiser for WWF UK. Help us save endangered animals.

Relatively easy to do – even for a dinosaur like me. I worked through the stages on Facebook, added a photo to bring the campaign to life; an explanation as to why Izzy wanted to do this and included a personal message from Izzy:

I want to raise money for all animals that are going to be extinct because humans are killing them.
We need to stop killing them and protect them.
Please help by giving some money to WWF so they can help the animals.
Thank you if you do give some money. Izzy

We then shared on Facebook and invited friends and family to donate. The fundraising target was set at a modest £100 (Izzy’s favourite number) but once it was reached within the first 12 hours, we increased it to £250 where it has remained, despite the actual amount of donations now heading towards £400. She was also awarded ‘Star of the Week’ by her school – a very special achievement for a little girl who just wants to make a difference!

This second example is just one way that digital marketing and social media has changed the way we can fundraise.

Crowdfunding is another popular way to reach the masses but best of all, apart from someone having to keep an eye on the fundraising page and, very importantly, thank people for their donations, this can be quite a simple way of spreading the word and keeping people updated about your project, whilst giving them a chance to share the news with their friends and family. One donation to Izzy’s campaign came from an American friend of Izzy’s grandad!

Fundraising training events:

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

Tuesday 5th November. 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Fundraising for your Church’s social action project

A 2-hour interactive workshop hosted by Capital Mass and the @fundmychurch team providing advice and guidance for churches on how to fundraise for social outreach in their local communities. To reserve your place click here.

The second part of the Two-part Parish Fundraising Workshop 2019 is taking place on Thursday 14 November. 7.00pm – 8.45pm. To find out more and reserve your place see:

Parish Fundraising Workshop – Part 2: 14 November 2019

Other training events:

Tuesday 19 November 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Winter night shelters, local authorities and benefits

An evening with speaker from the DWP exploring what provision in the new welfare benefit system there is for the homeless, and what benefits our guests are entitled to. Please book in advance to reserve your place.


Grant Funding Update:

The National Lottery Community Fund 25th Birthday £7.5m pot
Formerly the Big Lottery, the Community Fund has revealed that it will be making a special £7.5 million pot of funding available to mark The National Lottery’s 25th birthday. It will be open to applications in November, with further details to come on how to apply.

FCC Community Action Fund, England. Deadline 11 December 2019.
Grants between £2k and £100k are available for projects which involve the provision, maintenance or improvement of public amenities including community spaces in places of worship. Projects must be based within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility.

The Peabody Community Fund (managed by the London Community Foundation) supports projects and activities designed to improve the quality of life of Peabody residents and the wider community. See here for more information.

The London Community Foundation have also announced the opening of the inaugural London Impact Awards: Powering Youth. This new awards programme is dedicated to celebrating charitable organisations and young leaders across the capital who are working to reduce youth violence and build positive futures for children and young people at risk. There are four award categories:

  • Best Youth Voice:Ensuring young peoples’ voices are at the heart of their work
  • Best Innovator:Finding new ways to reduce youth violence
  • Best Collaborator:Maximising partnerships and collaboration to have a positive impact on the lives of young people at risk.
  • Young Leader with Impact:There are also up to three individual awards for young people who have made an outstanding personal impact on the issue.

Winning organisations will receive a £30,000 grant and winning individuals will receive up to £2,000 for personal development.


Useful Resources:

The Church of England’s Environment Programme autumn 2019 newsletter

The CoE national environmental programme exists to enable the whole Church to address – in faith, practice and mission – the issue of climate change and care of creation. Brian Cuthbertson, the Diocesan Environment Officer can advise you on green projects and put you in touch with other churches that have similar experiences.

In addition, Eco Church is an award scheme helping churches become more ‘eco’ in their worship and teaching; in how they look after their buildings and land; in how they engage with their local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of their congregation.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has set up Kick the Dust, a £10 million pilot programme to explore new ways of working with young people and gather the ideas learned so far from organisations that received funding.

Stir to Action launches Year Two of its New Economy Programme, October 2019
Workshops on various topics (setting up social enterprises, community engagement, community ownership) are being held in London. As there may-be some fully funded places available on a few of the workshops, it is best to check on the website before booking.

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 new dedicated email enquiry line for parishes.

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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