The opportunities to develop our mission and reach out into the community are great, but they often come at a cost which cannot always be met through the regular giving of the church members.
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.
A similar but equally useful resource has been written by Resourcing Scotland's Heritage. This leads fundraisers on a four step journey to success:
- Understanding the Principles of Fundraising
- Developing a Fundraising Strategy
- Writing a Case For Support
- Attracting Funding From Private Sources
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.
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.
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 Cath Fox at bdf.enquiries [at] gmail.com 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
Funding Central is a membership database which lists over 4000 funders for all kinds of projects. It is free to join if your income is under £100,000 per year.
The Diocese subscribe to the Directory of Social Change's Funds Online portal. Here you can search through over 8000 funders for your specific project. Please contact parishresources [at] leeds.anglican.org for your log in details so you can find your perfect funding match!
Doing Good Leeds is an advice and funding search website if you are based in Leeds and the surrounding areas, although it also includes details on funds that can be accessed by everyone. There is an excellent funding database to search and a monthly list of funders is published. You can sign up to be notified when new funds become available. Go to: https://doinggoodleeds.org.uk/funding/
BFunded is a great source of advice and information about funding in the Bradford area, although it also includes information that is relevant to everyone. You can sign up to receive latest updates by email. Go to: https://www.bfunded.org.uk/finding-funding/
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/
Kirklees has its own funding website. Very similar in layout and content to the Doing Good Leeds website, it also points charities in the Kirklees area to local funding as well national opportunities. Go to: http://www.open4funding.info/kirklees/default.htm
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.
Three community Foundations that operate in our Diocese are the Community Foundation for Calderdale, 2 Ridings Community Foundation and Leeds Community Foundation. These handle money donated from a number of individuals and companies and allocate them to social action projects.
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.