While we have recently covered opportunities to do your own fundraising, we know there are numerous paths to funding that are considered in your church budget.  With hopes for a brighter 2021, we’ve collected a few upcoming funding projects and church grants.

Grants for Digital Projects

Looking to expand your digital presence, or invest in equipment? The following available grants and organisations may help.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief (UK) Tech for Good Digital Development Fund 

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for grants of up to £70,000 to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services during the Covid-19 crisis. The fund is making over £1 million available to individual not-for-profit organisations or those working in partnership to define, test and develop user-centred digital solutions to create more impact for the people they work with.

The programme aims to fund a portfolio of digital projects at different stages of development, and will support a range of digital interventions. The funding is being made available through the Tech for Good digital development fund ‘Build’ programme and will open for applications on the 7th January 2021.

Grants for Building Maintenance

Many of the most accessible grants for churches center on the building itself. Here are a few with ongoing or upcoming deadlines.

National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust now offers four types of grants for building repair and maintenance:

  • Cornerstone  –  For urgent and essential structural repair projects with estimated costs of at least £100,000 that will help places of worship become wind and watertight, and for installing kitchens and toilets with estimated costs of at least £30,000, to improve access for all.
  • Gateway – To support churches in their project development up to RIBA stage 1; supporting local church trusts; and essential repair projects with estimated costs of between £10,000 and £100,000.
  • Foundation Grants for Maintenance – Small grants to support small, urgent maintenance and repair issues or to carry out small investigative works costing up to £10,000.
  • Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grants  – Grants to support the cost of Maintenance Booker maintenance services.

FCC Community Action Funds

The FCC Community Action Fund- England provides grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The next funding round for the FCC Community Action Fund opened on 16 December 2020 and closes at 5.00 pm on 3 March 2021.

The FCC Scottish Action Fund provides grants of between £2,000 and £40,000 to not-for-profit organisations for the following types of projects eligible under Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF). The next funding round for FCC 2021-2 opens on 17 March 2021 and closes at 5.00 pm on 2 June 2021. Expect decisions for this round in September 2021.

Allchurches Trust

Allchurches Trust’s Methodist Grants Programme seeks to enhance the mission and ministry of the Methodist Church in the UK and Ireland. The programme provides grants to Methodist churches to run building development projects that focus on church growth (both numerically and spiritually), community engagement and improving accessibility.

Grants normally fund capital projects and equipment, not salaries or running costs. The exception is grants for their  transformational and Hope Beyond programmes. In most cases, Allchurches Trust gives a small percentage of the project cost, not the full amount.
To be eligible, churches must be members of one of the following: Churches Together in England (CTE), Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS), Churches Together in Wales (Cytun), the Irish Council of Churches or a local ‘churches together’ group.

The fund runs without deadlines, so you can explore funding and apply here.

COVID-19 Funding

Several funding opportunities are available that specifically address hardships faced as a result of the pandemic.

The National Lottery Community Fund

Funding for COVID-19 projects that support you to continue to deliver activity, whether you’re responding to the immediate crisis or supporting recovery activity , OR change and adapt, becoming more resilient in order to respond to new and future challenges. Funding awards range based on need. You can explore the opportunities here

Norfolk Community Foundation

The Winter Resilience Fund is for charities, voluntary and community groups, churches, parish/town councils, and social enterprises. These entities can apply for funding of up to £5,000 to help the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in Norfolk affected by coronavirus during the coming winter months.

The Norfolk Community Foundation’s Norfolk Winter Resilience Fund will support groups and activities that will help those facing very real challenges as the weather gets colder; including the frail and elderly, disabled people, people with chronic medical conditions, and the homeless.

Funding may be used to help reduce isolation, provide food supplies or warm clothing, and help vulnerable people access local services and information. Funding must be spent by the 31st March 2021, and can also assist immediate community action where local outbreak restrictions are imposed. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Note – to keep the grant information as clear as possible, we have carried the content from the sites themselves. We encourage you to go directly to the links provided to learn more about the opportunities and check to see if your church may qualify.