Fundraising

by Michael Ford last modified 30 May, 2019 05:25 PM

Sources of finance for short term or one-off church projects.

Updated Listing = latest updates

Persimmon injects £24,000 into regional good causes
Malmesbury-based Persimmon Homes Wessex, a leading regional housebuilder, has launched a community fund. Charities and groups can apply for 'Persimmon Community Champions' funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Simply complete an online form at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.

Wiltshire Churches Together wants to encourage new ways of working together with different denominations in order to further the Kingdom of God. Grants up to £500 are available for groups who are seeking to try out new ventures. Grants have been obtained for setting up a new course in relationships for young people, running community fun events for families, running a ‘vision’ day and many more. Do you have a new project or event that needs funds to get it off the ground? Contact the secretary of Wiltshire Churches Together via liz.overthrow@btinternet.com.

 
There are some useful fundraising links here.
 

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Funding for the ministry and mission of our churches comes mainly from church members through their commitment to regular giving. However, there will be ‘one-off’ projects, such as repairs to buildings, new buildings, funding a community worker or new mission initiatives that need special fund-raising.  On these occasions funding will be sought from the local community and at county, regional and national levels, statutory bodies and grant making trusts.

Running a capital fundraising appeal is a major undertaking requiring careful planning, organisation and persistence.  A well thought out fundraising strategy is essential for an appeal to succeed.  However, fundraising cannot begin until the full details of the project itself have been agreed. All this will take time, so it is advisable to seek early advice on how to plan your project and how you will fund it. This advice is available from a number of sources.

Diocesan Support

Community and Social Projects
If you are planning to use your church building for greater community engagement or are planning a project involving work in the wider community, contact:

Church Building Maintenance and Re-ordering

General Fundraising Advice

Regional and National Support

There is a long list of websites carrying information on planning fundraising appeals and sources of funding. Some are wide in their coverage of fundraising issues while others relate to specific aspects of funding. It is a good idea to set aside plenty of time for browsing to identify which ones will be most helpful to you. 

Click here to browse them.


Diocesan Grant Making Bodies and Trusts

There are a number of diocesan ‘funds’ to support activities in parishes. It is always advisable to contact the person responsible for administering a fund before making an application.

  • The Aldhelm Mission Fund Grants for mission initiatives and fresh expressions of church outside normal parish ministry.  Funds are not available for church building projects. Details here. 
  • The Erskine Muton Trust Fund Grants to Anglican churches in Dorset for church buildings. Details here
  • The Salisbury Diocesan Social Welfare Fund Grants of up to £400 for those smaller social projects or ideas that can make a difference in your communities. Details here
  • St Mary’s Fund, Salisbury Grants of about £200 for single parents in need. Details here
  • Pastoral and Development Fund The Diocesan Board of Finance offers loans from the Pastoral and Development Fund for repair or construction projects on buildings in legal church ownership that will make an important contribution to the support and enhancement of mission and ministry in the parish. The available capital is limited and is normally used for a number of relatively short term loans of up to about £20,000. Applications for larger sums over longer periods however will also be considered. It is very unlikely that the DBF would approve a loan to a parish in arrears with payment of Share. Details of the loan scheme and an application form are available from pastoral@salisbury.anglican.org or call 01722 438650.
  • Wiltshire Churches Together wants to encourage new ways of working together with different denominations in order to further the Kingdom of God. Grants up to £500 are available for groups who are seeking to try out new ventures. Grants have been obtained for setting up a new course in relationships for young people, running community fun events for families, running a ‘vision’ day and many more. Do you have a new project or event that needs funds to get it off the ground? Contact the secretary of Wiltshire Churches Together via liz.overthrow@btinternet.com.

 

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