New! Grants and Loans for Church Buildings
Following the success of the Diocesan Mission Grants scheme in 2020 we are now delighted to launch our new Church Building Grants and Parish Loans scheme.The grants scheme will provide £80,000 of church building grants per year for a minimum of five years. This welcome funding has been made possible by a number of restricted funds held by the Diocese of Leeds available exclusively to support church buildings.
The aim of the Church Building Grants and Loans scheme is to support churches with maintaining and improving their church buildings as vital centres of worship, community and mission. We are particularly keen to support projects that reduce the environmental impact of our buildings as we aim to meet the Church of England's 2030 carbon net-zero target. Alongside this we will consider awarding the church building grants towards all items of maintenance and improvement to the structure of the church, including heating,and lighting systems, particularly if the proposed works have been specificed in a Quinquennial inspection report. Parish loans, however, can also be granted for works on organs, bells and furnishings as well as works to churchyards and churchyard walls.
Church building grants awarded will be up to a maximum of £5,000 per parish ( including multi-church parishes which may allocate between churches). The first application deadline for the church building grants is 30th April 2021 with two further application deadlines this year ocurring on 30th June and 31st October. Parish Loans of up to £25,000 can be applied for at any time.
For full information on the Church Buildings Grants and Loans Scheme and to download an application form please click on one of the links below:
Grants and Loans for Church Buildings ( Word Version)
Grants and Loans for Church Buildings ( PDF version)
For queries regarding the Church Building Grants and Loans Scheme please email ResourcingParishes [at] leeds.anglican.org or telephone Becky Nicholson on 07496 265509 or Janet Edmond on 07376 525684
National Lottery Heritage Fund Briefing
We were joined in February by Nathan Lee, Head of Engagement for the North of England from the NLHF. Nathan explained the new fund criteria and gave tips on how to apply. Watch the webinar recording here.
Funding Opportunities for Big and Small Projects
A booklet compiled by several Dioceses about current funding opportunities is the best place to start your funding search. Click on the image below for the PDF.
The Heritage Funding Directory is a free guide to financial support for anyone undertaking UK related heritage projects. This is a useful starting point for navigating funding sources in the sector.
Funding for Environmental Projects
For a list of funders who will support your environmental project please click here.
Local Funding Opportunities
Harrogate: Up to £1000 is available every year for churches within a 7 mile radius of the Harrogate War Memorial through the Harrogate Churches Repair Fund. Please contact clare.bellamy [at] leeds.anglican.org to discover more.
Huddersfield and Wakefield: The Bishops Development Fund is a charity to help Anglican Churches in the Huddersfield and Wakefield Episcopal Areas to develop new mission initiatives. Email Caroline.Asquith [at] leeds.anglican.org to find out more.
The Leeds Church Extension Society exists to support churches in the episcopal area of Leeds. The objectives and activities are to help provide finance for mission halls and new parish churches and vicarages, to assist with the stipends of both clergy and lay workers, and to help maintain and re-order churches and church halls. In addition grants are made to church community and similar outreach activities within the city.
Finding Your Own Funding
Doing Good Leeds is an advice website if you are based in Leeds and the surrounding areas. There is an excellent funding document which is updated regularly and can be found here. Go to: https://doinggoodleeds.org.uk/
Nova is a helpful website for charities in the Wakefield area. It gives information about funds available both locally and nationally and has plenty of advice for running a charity. It also helps volunteers and charities find one another! Go to: https://www.nova-wd.org.uk/funding/
It's always good to get something back from the taxman and with the Listed Place of Worship Scheme you can do just that! Works to listed buildings are able to claim back VAT costs.
Five Community Foundations that operate in our Diocese are the Community Foundation for Calderdale, 2 Ridings Community Foundation, One Community, the Lancashire Community Foundation and Leeds Community Foundation. If you are planning a community action project then they are a good place to look for funding.
Ecclesiastical Fundraising Hub
Working in partnership with The Philanthropy Company, Ecclesiastical have produced this excellent set of webpages that will advise you on all aspects of fundraising. Click on the image below:
Where To Start If You Are Planning Major Fundraising
Fundraising is a crucial part of any project. 'Raise the Funds' is the Church of England's step-by-step guide to fundraising in your church. It begins with advice on putting together your fundraising team and gives guidance on developing your vision and story, collecting evidence and writing your strategy. An invaluable toolkit is available to download. This is an excellent place to start for ideas.
The Stewardship and Income Generation Team have produced a 20 minute film which will help you plan your fundraising for a larger project. Please click on the image below to be taken to the Digital Learning Platform.
We know that leading a larger project can be a daunting prospect and so the Church of England have produced a toolkit called 'Crossing the Threshold'. First created by the Diocese of Hereford in 2009, and subsequently updated in 2013, this invaluable resource is packed with 268 pages of advice, hints and tips for any group taking a community development approach towards adapting a church building for wider community use, while balancing the needs of existing worshippers. This free resource breaks down projects into three key stages:
- Preparing the Ground,
- Looking at Your Options,
- Delivering Your Project.
And Finally, Help is Always At Hand...
Support and advice is available through the stewardship team to help with funding projects. Look out for training events or contact us have a chat about the opportunities and challenges specific to your project.