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/ 22 June 2020

Planning a Capital Project

Managing your church building project

In my last blog, I shared my thoughts about Delivering a Capital Campaign during COVID 19 and suggested ways the parishes could make the most of this present time.

Despite the uncertainty and challenges being faced at present, the fundamentals about fundraising for a Capital Project remain the same – there is a lot of planning required before any fundraising can start!

In partnership with Church Grants, the @fundmychurch team has recently presented a set of 3 Parish Fundraising Webinars. The first of these Master Classes, Webinar 1: Planning a Capital Project covered:

  • The right order in which to approach a capital project – the various steps to be carried out
  • Who can help and when to ask them – who you should be speaking to at each stage
  • The key things you need to get right at each stage

It also outlined the steps to be taken:

  • Understanding what you want to achieve and why
  • Developing a good design scheme and getting the necessary permissions
  • Developing your budget and planning your fundraising
  • Raising the money

This webinar, along with the PowerPoint presentation and the speaker’s notes is available on the fundraising web page here.

Fundraising Webinars:

Join us at 11 am on Tuesday 14 July for our Parish Fundraising Webinar 4: Writing a great funding application. In this 20-minute Master Class, 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:

Historic England’s second COVID-19 fund is open. The Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund will award grants to help fund urgent maintenance, repairs and surveys at some of England’s locally-cherished historic buildings and sites. The deadline for applications is 28th June.

The London Community Response Fund has been paused. Waves 1 and 2 are closed. There will be a Wave 3 but it hasn’t been announced yet.

The Antonio Carluccio Foundation has now closed for emergency applications.

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 is also hosting a webinar – Fundraising support during COVID-19 and beyond. Top tips to continue fundraising. See here for more 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. 

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.

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