Grant funding latest

Funding news

On this page you will find some of the latest information on grant funding we have received. The details on this page are only a small proportion of the funders that may be available to support your church/project. Gary Watson is available to discuss your project/grant funding needs and will be able to provide a tailored list of funders specific to your project.

For the latest information, advice and support for giving, please visit our Giving latest webpage.

Movement for Good Awards 2022

The Movement for Good Awards have returned for another year and they are now open to receive nominations for your church. Originally operated by Ecclesiastical Insurance, the awards, worth £1,000, are now offered by The Benefact Group of Companies and this year they plan to give away more awards than ever!

In June, September and December each nomination will be entered into a draw over 600 winners this year. To increase your chances of winning, simply get as many nominations as possible into the draw. It costs nothing to make a nomination and in previous years churches and charitable groups within our diocese have received awards.

This year, to help spread the word to your supporters, the operators have created a number of tools such as email templates and social media posts so you can let all your contacts know that you’re hoping to receive as many nominations as possible.

Movement for Good not only seeks to celebrate the good that happens in our communities but also provides a great opportunity for you to reach out into your towns and villages and start new conversations with people you may never have met about your church and the difference it makes in your community. With the jubilee celebrations taking place next month this may be a fantastic opportunity to connect with lots of new people and stir up their interest in what church is all about! 

To nominate your church (or charity) for an award visit the Movement For Good website.

National Lottery Community Fund: Awards for All

Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects costing up to £25,000 which help your community and help address prevalent social issues. This can be a mixture of COVID-19 activities and general activities with which your church is involved. Funds new heating systems but not repairs.  Does not fund religion so make community based. Apply at any time.

Apply via the Awards for All website

COVID Relief grant funders

National Lottery Fund: Social Enterprises Support Fund

Grants of up to £100,000 to help social enterprises rebuild from COVID-19. Your social enterprise must have been incorporated for at least a year, annual income must have been between £20,000 and £1.8 million pre-COVID-19 or in your last financial year and most of your beneficiaries should be in England. The fund aims to support social enterprises that are helping marginalised communities affected by COVID-19 to recover, and to help social enterprises themselves to recover and rebuild their trading.

No current application deadline.

Apply to the Social Enterprises Support Fund

National Heritage Memorial Scheme

The National Heritage Memorial Fund has been set up to support important heritage assets in the UK that are at risk due to the impact of COVID-19 and is expected to remain open until April 2023. The fund will support historic buildings as well as other heritage items. Costs to safeguard a heritage asset which is at risk include urgent conservation work necessary due to COVID-19, investment to resolve maintenance backlog/deficit, condition surveys and associated professional fees. The NHMF wants to be considered as a fund of last resort and applicants must demonstrate that they have explored all other options for funding their costs when they apply.

Apply via the National Heritage Memorial Scheme website

Allchurches Trust: Hope Beyond

Grants of up to £50,000 to churches, Christian charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to meet changing needs within their communities and to adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic, to help religious organisations implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need. The programme addresses 3 themes: loneliness and isolation; growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and growing technological capability and resilience.  Funding for capital projects and some revenue costs. Applications can be made at any time.

Apply via the Allchurches Trust website

Power to Change: Match Funding for Community Businesses Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Power to Change has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Community Business Crowdmatch to support new or existing community businesses responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The scheme will help community businesses, providing services or activities which help local people experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the crisis, by match-funding for each £1 raised, to a maximum of £10,000. Power to Change is keen to support new and existing projects in more deprived areas of the country, and to work with ethnically diverse individuals/business owners.

Applications can be made at any time until all the funding has been awarded.

Apply on the Power to Change website

Grants for capital and revenue funding

Allchurches Trust: Roof Protection Scheme

A scheme providing roof alarms to help prevent metal theft from churches has been extended to the end of 2020. The Allchurches Roof Protection Scheme will fund up to 50 per cent of an alarm system’s cost up to a maximum of £2,500.

Grants can be made either direct to individual churches or group schemes through dioceses and local historic churches trusts. The Allchurches Trust is advising that churches apply via a group scheme if there is one local to their area, as some local schemes have other funds available which can be added to the Allchurches grant.

Apply on the Allchurches Trust website on the Roof Alarm page

Aviva Community Fund

Funding of up to £50,000 to small charities, schools and community interest groups for innovative ideas that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty, through Community resilience or Financial capability & inclusion. The project must also raise funds to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group.

Applications on a continuous basis, reviewed every three months. Applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder to which Aviva employees can donate funds.  Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.

 Apply via the Aviva Community Fund website

National Churches Trust: Foundation Grants

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards the cost of urgent maintenance works and small repairs. Project costs should be up to £10,000 excl VAT and awards will never exceed 50% of the costs. Applications accepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship. 

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 

Apply via the National Churches Trust website.

The grant programmes at the National Churches Trust provide grants for maintenance and urgent repairs, for projects costing between £500 and over £100,000, through Foundation Grants, Cornerstone Grants and Gateway Grants.

National Churches Trust: Preventative Maintenance Micro Grants

Listed and unlisted churches can apply for grants of up to £500 (excl VAT) towards the cost of building’s maintenance services. The grant will cover up to 50% of the cost of works. To be eligible, churches must book one of the following services through the MaintenanceBooker website: Rainwater goods maintenance; Lightning protection system repairs; Asbestos removal; Masonry repairs and high-level maintenance. Churches must be open for regular public worship and located within an area covered by MaintenanceBooker services.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Apply via the National Churches Trust website

Tesco Community Grants

Registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, schools, parish/town councils and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of £500, £1,000 or £1,500 for local good causes that focus on helping children and families across the UK. Three projects from each local area will be shortlisted to go to the public vote by Tesco customers every three months, with grants awarded depending on the number of votes their project receives. The scheme will give priority to projects that provide food and support to young people.

Apply via the Tesco Community Grants website

Moto in The Community Trust

Charities, schools and community organisations operating within a 15-mile radius of a Moto Motorway Services site can apply for funding for projects and activities that deliver benefits to local communities across the UK. The average grant awarded is £1,000, however, larger grants maybe agreed. Successful applicants will be able to promote their organisation at their Moto service area and will be entitled to one collection day per year in their nearest Moto.

Applications can be made at any time and will be considered on a monthly basis.

Apply via the Moto-way website

Rank Foundation: Pebble Grants

Funding between £250 and £4,000 to small UK registered charities and recognised churches for projects where the total cost is less than £150,000. The project must be for the benefit of UK residents, including but not limited to citizens, long-term residents and asylum seekers. Funding can be used for either:-

  • Capital costs, such as funding for fixed, one-time expenses incurred on the purchase of land, building work, refurbishment, and equipment;
  • Short breaks where funding is targeted towards annual respite breaks for disadvantaged young people, and short-term activities or programmes.

Applicants must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and already raised a third of the total costs.

Apply via the Rank Foundation website

Quartet Community Foundation: North Somerset Realising Potential Fund

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support community-based organisations addressing disadvantage in North Somerset. The Fund will support local voluntary and community groups and organisations that strengthen and improve the capacity of the community and voluntary sector, or respond to the needs and aspirations of disadvantaged local people.

Apply at any time via the Quartet Community Foundation website

The Foyle Foundation: Small Grants Scheme

Supports smaller UK charities, especially those working at grassroots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Grants from £1,000 to £10,000.

Apply any time on the Foyle Foundation website.

Calor Rural Community Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support school and community projects in rural communities in an off-grid location, that will improve local life.  Funding applied for must equate to 50% or more of the total project cost. The public will vote for the application that they would like to see win a grant to select finalists, from which winners from each category will be selected. Projects can be anything from schools, community centres, village halls and sporting venues to youth clubs and scout groups, initiatives to support the elderly, etc. 

Screwfix Foundation (UK)

Funding for projects that will fix, repair, maintain or improve properties and community buildings used by those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage. Grants of up to £5,000 for all kinds of projects, but potentially most relevant in our diocese to funding works needed on church halls where these are used for activities that benefit disadvantaged communities.

Applications at any time. Next quarterly review deadline: 14 August 2021, for trustees meeting in September.

Apply on the Screwfix Foundation website

Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)

Churches, community organisations, parish councils and schools in rural England that want to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to their communities, and also make money by selling it back to the grid, can apply for funding to investigate and install green energy; including solar battery storage, wind, hydro and geothermal heat projects. The RCEF provides a feasibility grant of up to approximately £40,000; then viable proposals can apply for further grants up to £100,000.

For application procedures and timescales for the South West, email the South West Energy Hub

Apply to the Rural Community Energy Fund

Hinkley Point C Community Fund

Funding is available for projects which benefit of one or more communities in the county of Somerset experiencing residual and intangible impacts as a result of the construction of Hinkley Point C. Projects may be designed to remove or reduce impact and improve the social, economic or environmental wellbeing of communities and improve quality of life.

Apply via the Hinkley Point C Community Fund website

Groundwork/One Stop Community Partnership

Supports groups and organisations working to tackle food poverty or supporting the elderly within the local community. One Stop stores will create partnerships with local community groups or charities to provide support for local good causes which could include funding, volunteering, fundraising and awareness raising.

Apply via the Groundwork/One Stop Community Partnership

National Lottery Community Fund: Partnerships

Grants of over £10,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations in England which work together with a shared set of goals and values to help their community thrive.

Applications are accepted at any time.

Apply on the National Lottery Community Fund website

National Lottery Community Fund: Reaching Communities

Grants of over £10,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations in England for projects that make positive changes in their communities.

Applications are accepted at any time – go to the National Lottery Fund website.

Quartet Community Foundation & Monica Trust: North Somerset Older People’s Community Grant

The aim of the Community Fund is to keep people independent and living into their own community for as long as possible, by helping individuals and families to buy the essential things they need or supporting them through a crisis. The average grant award size is £5,000. Applicants must be based and working in North Somerset, for the benefit of older people, and the project should aim to reduce social isolation. Priority will be given to smaller groups with an average income less than £500,000. This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.

Apply on the Quartet website

Quartet Community Foundation: Express Grants

Bristol, B&NES, N Somerset, S Gloucestershire.  £500 – £5,000.  Apply any time on the Quartet Community Foundation website.

Further information on grant funding for churches

We are now putting the most recent details of funding opportunities on this webpage, usually updated weekly.

If you wish to be added to a list of churches interested in being kept in touch with any further information about funding opportunites for churches, email Sue Whitehead.

Who to contact

For any queries and support with Giving or Funding please contact Gary Watson