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/ 14 May 2020

Parish Fundraising Support webinars and grant ideas

Captain Tom Moore is a name that will forever be associated with the Covid-19 lockdown.

At the ripe old age of 99, this WWII veteran decided he wanted to do something to help the NHS. He decided to complete 100 laps around his garden at his home last week before he reached his 100th birthday, AND raise money at the same time to support the NHS charities in their fight against coronavirus.

The initial target on his Just Giving page was £1,000. Having checked (when writing this blog) over 1,500,000 had donated nearly £33m!

Captain Tom had captured the nation’s imagination. Donors gave money to Captain Tom so he could support the NHS. (Captain Tom having already received excellent care from a couple of medical professionals during a recent hospital stay). He wanted to say thank you to them and give something back. Captain Tom proved an essential fundraising adage: people give to people!

Raising much need funds is about having a great story and sharing it so that others can buy in and be part of it.

Even strange times such as the ones we are living through can offer amazing opportunities!

Fundraising Webinars

Capital Mass – Focus on Funding week

Join us next week (18 – 22 May) as the @fundmychurch team link up with Capital Mass for a series of webinars on raising funds in a crisis.

As they continue their weekly series of informative coffee mornings, Capital Mass will be joined by a variety of fundraising experts who will share insights as to what it’s like to raise funds in these unprecedented times.

The full program and registration details can be found here

Grant funding update:

In these unprecedented times, many grant funders are joining together to create bigger than usual emergency funding streams. For the most up to date information click here and scroll down to the fundraising section.

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. 

London Funders

London’s funders are working together to provide coordinated funding to support groups responding to the needs of communities in the capital affected by the covid-19 pandemic. Administered by the  London Community Response, there are two funding streams available:

  • Crisis response grants of up to £10,000 are available to help meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials to equipment and additional short-term staff costs.
  • Delivering differently grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 designed to help change the way work is delivered to provide ongoing support and services.

Applications for a ‘delivering differently’ grant will need to be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday 19th May, after which applications for this programme will be paused.

Information about a new funding round for this grant stream is expected in early June. Click here for more information

Church Grants

And finally, a reminder of the link to the Church Grants database: London.churchgrants.co.uk.

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

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 see 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.

Read more from Carol Ward

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