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/ 23 September 2019

Parish Fundraising Support: September 2019

Love it or hate it, for many parishes, raising money for necessary repairs, new or existing social action projects or day to day running costs is an essential part of church life.

We are here to support you. The following events are all hosted at London Diocesan House, 36 Causton St. SW1P 4AU.

Two-part Parish Fundraising Workshop 2019

Thursday 17 October and Thursday 14 November. 7.00pm – 8.45pm

Run over two separate evenings, this training event for anyone in the Diocese of London (clergy or lay) interested in learning more about running a fundraising campaign.

Find out more and reserve your place here.

For those unable to attend both sessions, limited places are available for both of the individual sessions. To find out more and reserve your place see:

Parish Fundraising Workshop – Part 1: 17 October 2019

Parish Fundraising Workshop – Part 2: 14 November 2019


Fundraising for your Church’s social action project

Tuesday 5th November. 6.00pm – 8.00pm

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.


Parishes that are interested in Homelessness and Winter Night Shelters may be interested in attending the following events:

Winter night shelters, refugees and migrants

Wednesday 02 October 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Helping churches who are involved in hosting and volunteering at a Winter Night Shelters or homeless drop ins support their guests who are refugees, asylum seekers, European migrants or vulnerable to modern day slavery.  Please book in advance to reserve your place.

Winter night shelters, local authorities and benefits

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

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.


Useful Resources:

Crossing the Threshold Toolkit is a step-by-step guide to managing a church building project. The toolkit can be downloaded in PDF format for FREE as a whole document or as individual chapters.

Churchgrants is a searchable database of grant funders that will support church building projects and Christian mission (social outreach). Parishes in the Diocese of London can access the database at no cost via this link London.churchgrants.co.uk. To carry out your free search enter your unique 4 digit parish reference number (the one used to identify your parish for the finance team) – 1234 – and then click your church/parish name from the drop-down menu. You can use 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 really great resource to help parishes start to identify those that may potentially support their project.

Parish Resources Grant List provided by the national church, is divided into sections to help parishes target the best grant makers for their specific projects and needs.

National Churches Trust supports a wide variety of projects through its grant programmes:

  • Cornerstone Grant programme – grants between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at over £100.000 incl. VAT.
  • Gateway Grant programme – grants of £3,000 to £10,000 towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1.
  • Foundation Grant programme – grants of £500 – £3,000 towards urgent maintenance works and high priority small repairs (not exceeding £10,000), identified by a QI or survey report.
  • MaintenanceBooker Services have now been expanded to include expert conservation and repair work to stonework, masonry and mortaring and roofs and towers.
  • National Churches Trust grants list of major grant funders for church buildings


Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant making charities.

  • Growing Lives is a £1 million grants programme aimed at helping churches to build lasting links with local families and support the next generation to reach their potential.


Health Lottery London East – Active Communities opened in parts of Haringey on 18 September 2019. Deadline for applications is 1pm on Wednesday 26 October 2019. Projects lasting up to 2 years can seek investment of between £5,000 and £50,000.

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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