Community Funding

Project Development Grants and Funding

News and Information

The 2017 Project Development Grants Programme is currently open
"The Project Development grant programme is a pilot grant programme offering awards up to £10,000 to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, by testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability, and through development of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, or other large church heritage funders."

Please note that the next deadline for applications (due to have been 27 February) has been extended to 10 May 2017. For more information or to download the application form, please click here.

From The Historic Religious Buildings (HRBA) Alliance:
AllChurches Trust announces £13m grants for churches and charities:

  • Allchurches Trust is one the of UK's largest charitable trusts and is the charitable owner of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. Over the past three years, Allchurches has given £34.6 million in grants. Last year it gave grants totaling more than £13 million to charities and church groups all over the UK and Eire, empowering them to tackle homelessness, isolation, poverty, addiction and issues of mental health. It also helped restore historic buildings and develop projects in schools, colleges, hostels and prisons.

    On the 27 January their Chairman Sir Philip Mawer announced grants from its most recent funding round and invited more local churches and charities to ask for Allchurches’ support saying “If you are actively involved in helping others then perhaps Allchurches can help you”. 

    Latest grants include:

    • Sunderland’s “Canny Space” – the Churches Conservation Trust is turning a neglected Georgian church into a creative centre for the most deprived area of the city. Allchurches is funding three apprenticeships in traditional building skills
    • St Michael and All Angels Church, Harrow Weald, is building a new community centre to expand its offer of English classes, debt and employment advice, night shelter and other services
    • Northampton Roman Catholic Cathedral’s new Cathedral Centre will allow its growing congregation to address the area’s most pressing needs, foremost of which are poverty and addiction

    £210,000 funding boost to community projects:
    Minister for Faith and Integration Lord Bourne has announced a £210,000 funding boost to be shared among Near Neighbours community projects in England managed by the Church Urban Fund.

    Near Neighbours brings together diverse communities and different faiths, through a range of activities that improve their lives and the local community in which they live.

  • Community Projects Training from FaithAction:
    FaithAction is a network of faith-based and community organisations serving their communities by delivering public services (such as childcare, health and social care, housing and welfare to work). They are now offering training days to faith-based organisations geared to their needs on project management, event management, presentation and facilitation and fast track to funding. All sessions take place in Dagenham Essex.

  • Livability - a national Christian disability and community engagement charity.
    "We deliver disability services, community projects, education and training resources that promote inclusion and wellbeing. We also share our expertise internationally. We are an enabling network of people, tackling barriers in society to make community livable".