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by Michael Ford last modified 16 Jan, 2018 10:23 AM

The e-Bulletin is a weekly update from around the Diocese on Tuesdays. The items below are from its 'Announcements' section.

The Aldhelm Mission Fund supports new mission initiatives in parishes, schools and the wider community in the Diocese of Salisbury. The closing date for the next round of applications is Friday 9 February 2018. There are application forms, guidelines and further details here

National Churches Trust grants
There is a 28 January deadline for Maintenance Grants!
The Pilgrim Trust has increased its allocation for maintenance funding this year, but wants to see evidence of greater demand before it pushes its funding even higher in future years. 
The programme is now to unlisted churches, with a funding range to £500-£3000, with min 50% match funding required, for the likes of rainwater goods, roof repairs, repointing/ rendering, stone repairs, glazing, drainage, floors and other internal structural repairs/ maintenance. Visit the website for more details

£5m Fund Launched!
In 2018, the Garfield Weston Foundation is 60 years old. To celebrate, there is a
one-off grants scheme, the Weston Anniversary Fund, providing capital grants ranging from £30,000 to £150,000. Details here

Churches Conservation Funding
There is a small grant programme for special conservation projects regarding the fabric and contents of historic listed churches and chapels in England. Grants awarded will be between £250 and £2,000; the grant must normally be within a minimum of 10% and a maximum of 75% of the total project cost. Is your church eligible? Check and apply

USPG offers an ‘Expanding Horizons’ grant scheme for Ordinands, Lay Ministers and Clergy who are considering an overseas church placement as part of their training, or as part of a sabbatical. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018. Further details here

'Praying Together':
Lent 2018

Following the success of last year's Praying Together booklets and app during Lent, we are printing a 2018 Lent prayer booklet, also called Praying Together. Parishes and other organisations which received copies last year will do so again in late Jan/ early Feb.
If you would like significantly more or fewer copies than you received last year, or would like some for a chaplaincy or ministry that did not do so last year, please email Gerry Lynch. We are keen to get copies to people in residential care, as well as new worshipping communities and Fresh Expressions. 

Success for #GodWithUs
During Advent and Christmas, the CofE's digital campaign reached nearly 7 million people- up from 1.5 million in 2016.
- Over 2 million video views
- Over 800,000 contacts via Twitter and Facebook
- Nearly 100,000 booklets
- 1.5 million page views on A Church Near You
Huge thanks to all who got involved! More info here

Church Urban Fund’s Big Pancake Party is back!
Invite some friends and family over and raise some money for those going hungry. Details here

Would your congregation appreciate a sung Evensong early on a summer’s evening?
If you have no choir of your own and are within a 20 mile radius of Fordingbridge, Laudamus, a liturgical chamber choir, would be delighted to come and sing the service for you on Sunday 24 June, free of charge, and share any collection with your church. To discuss this option, please email Jenny Davis or ring 07779 629780. 

Big Love 2018
Church Support Hub has a somewhat tongue-in-cheek approach to Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day this year – they are on the same day!
More here


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