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/ 7 July 2020

Parish Fundraising: Writing your Case for Support

In my last blog, I touched on how to plan a Capital project and, with the help of a recent Church Grants webinar, looked at the various steps needed to do this. The first step when planning a Capital (or any) project is to understand what you want to achieve and why. This can then be encapsulated into a written ‘Case for Support’.

A solid and well-constructed Case for Support is vital for a successful fundraising project. This document will sit at the very heart of your fundraising strategy and should be shared to make sure that everyone (both internal and external stakeholders) has a clear understanding of what is to be achieved and how.

A Case for Support can also be:

  • The basis for a funding application to a grant maker or trust foundation
  • Turned into a brochure for major donors – providing it’s not too long!
  • Part of a planning application/DAC submission
  • Adapted to form an appeal for individual donations and digital appeals.

More about writing a Case for Support can be found on the newly created Fundraising Training Resources page at Webinar 2: Writing a Case for Support

All of our webinars, along with the PowerPoint presentations and the speaker’s notes are available on this web page, as are recent blogs by the fundraising team and other contributors. Click here to see more.

Fundraising Webinars:

Join us at 11am on Tuesday 14 July for our Parish Fundraising Webinar 4: Writing a great funding application. In this 20-minute masterclass, Fundraising Manager Sarah Reilly will share her top tips for writing an inspirational funding application. Please register here in advance to receive the Zoom link for the Webinar.

Grant funding update:

The London Community Response Fund has announced its new funding streams.

Click here for more information. Three types of grants are available; crisis, enable and adapt.

  1. Crisis grants – for organisations that need to urgently provide food, essentials and support to communities through crisis.
  2. Enable grants – to support work that helps to prevent difficulties arising from the crisis escalating, and that enables people to emerge from crisis.
  3. Adapt grants – to help organisations to restart, adapt or collaborate for the future.

A reminder that Ecclesiastical’s ‘Movement for Good second phase is now open. It will award £50,000 grants to 10 charities. All the information about the awards can be found here. The closing date is 24th July.

Ecclesiastical have also put together a list of resources and funders to help churches meet their day-to-day funding needs. Access their funding hub here.

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.


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

Ecclesiastical Insurance has a web page which covers all their advice relating to COVID-19. This includes useful guidelines on how to look after your church building whilst it is temporarily closed or unoccupied.

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

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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