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Funds for Church-related Social Action

by Michael Ford last modified 21 Apr, 2020 05:01 PM

If your church project is part of a wider vision for greater community engagement, then we may be able to assist you.

We can, for example:

  • Give advice on how to carry out a community survey to identify local needs
  • Help you to analyse the information you receive back from the survey
  • Suggest ways of being more inclusive thus opening up potential funding routes
  • Help to identify sources of funding
  • Provide useful resources to help you plan and manage your project
  • Suggest ways of engaging with others in your plans

We would probably not be able to assist if your plans are purely for repairs, but if you were thinking about improvements, such as Kitchens and WC’s, we may be able to help.

If you would like to talk about your plans, please contact Colin Brady, Social Justice Manager: 07779 345408,

Looking for grants?

  • Wiltshire groups can use this database to search for local funders
  • Dorset groups can use this database to search for local funders

The Salisbury Diocesan Social Welfare Fund

  • Makes grants to promote Christian principles in human relationships and social morality within the Diocese of Salisbury.
  • Provides grants of up to £500 for those smaller projects or ideas that can make a difference in your communities.

The trustees have been able to support a range of projects over the past year including work to tackle loneliness, homelessness, family life issues, and community meals during school holidays. Decisions on grants are made twice a year, usually in May and November.

  • Application form here

St Mary’s Fund, Salisbury

  • Makes grants to promote and maintain moral welfare in accordance with Christian principles mainly among girls and women in Salisbury Diocese.
  • Provides grants of about £300 for single parents in need. Most grants are made following a referral from a Health Visitor or Social Worker but clergy may also make referrals where necessary.

The fund also supports some larger projects that provide services that may benefit single parent families such as the Mothers' Union holiday scheme and work at women’s refuges.

Decisions on such grants are made in the late Autumn each year and applicants are encouraged to discuss proposals in advance with Colin Brady.

  • Application form here

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