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Discipleship Development Fund

The Discipleship Development Fund is being used in two ways: one is the large grant award, and the other is small, individual grants of up to £200 per annum which is operated by Synods.

Large grant award

Around £5,000 per award per year is available to recognised groups within the URC which can apply to the Discipleship Development Fund: Large Grant.

Grants can be put towards any purpose that will contribute to the Discipleship Development of lay people in or connected with the URC including personnel costs, facilities, travel, courses etc.

Multi-year projects can be supported for up to three years and a tapered approach to funding is encouraged.

Applications for grants that only partially fund a project are acceptable, but the application will need to identify the source of the other funds.

Who can apply for it?

Any recognised group can apply, but if the group applying is not an Assembly Committee or a Synod, it will need to gain approval for its application from their Assembly Committee or Synod. Applicants will need to clearly demonstrate how the grant will be used to develop discipleship and lifelong learning within the URC.

For more information about the fund and who can apply for it, download the Discipleship Development Fund Policy (PDF | 133kb) and the Discipleship Development Fund Large Grant Awarding Group operating policy (Word | 36kb).

How to apply for the large grant award 

Applications for the large grant award can be made by downloading and completing the simple form below.  Deadlines for applications are: 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December. Applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of the following month.

Small grants

Small grants are still available for lay people, these grants are usually up to £200 and are offered to support you in your learning.

To apply for the small grant, please contact your local Synod.

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