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Funds and Grants

There are a number of Funds and Grants churches can apply for or support. This page contains details of such that are available to support mission and ministry.  You can also visit the funding pages within our Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) section to find details of funding support for building works.

The Parish Resources website also has a wealth of information including specific advice on funds.

  • The Centenary Fund - a Centenary legacy-+

    The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich was created out of the Dioceses of Norwich and Ely 100 years ago as a deliberate move on the part of the Church of England to minister directly to the historic county of Suffolk. The year 1914 also saw the outbreak of the First World War which left its mark on our county as it did elsewhere.

    The new Diocese embraced virtually the whole of Suffolk except for the area in the far north east around Lowestoft known as Lothingland. It was agreed the Cathedral should be in Bury St Edmunds and that the Bishop should be based in Ipswich.

    The Centenary Fund has been launched to celebrate the past 100 years and to provide a meaningful legacy for future generations. Over that time the role of churches has changed and expanded and many exciting things happen through congregations and the wider use of church buildings.

    The Centenary Fund is an endowment fund where the gift forms the legacy and we use the interest to fund projects to encourage and enable churches to better serve the wider
    community across the Diocese.

    The Fund will be managed by Suffolk Community Foundation and aims to support community projects such as making church buildings more accessible to community groups; providing activities for those who are isolated; supporting the work of a parish nurse; organising a learning activity with a local school, or aiding a conservation or environmental project. It will add value to the work already undertaken by the Church of England in partnership with other churches and organisations.

    To be eligible for funding, projects must involve an Anglican organisation, for example a Parochial Church Council or church school, but hopefully many projects will feature partnerships with community groups or other churches. Watch the website for when to apply for funding.

    About the Centenary Fund

    How to Contribute to the Fund

    Donations can be made via the Suffolk Community Foundation. Cheques can be sent direct to the Foundation. Alternatively a standing order can be set up by downloading the form and sending it to the Suffolk Community Foundation. Or you can give directly by going to the Suffolk Community Foundation website www.suffolkcf.org.uk.

    To download a standing order form click here. You can contact Suffolk Community Foundation on 01473 602602.

    How to Apply for a Grant

    Contact the Suffolk Community Foundation via their website http://www.suffolkcf.org.uk or via 01473 602602 for details.

  • The Foundation of St Edmund-+

    What is it?

    This is the Cathedral’s fund which will help assist it with fundraising for the future life, work and mission of the Cathedral.

    Where does the money go?

    On Cathedral projects which develop the resources to support the mission and ministry of the Cathedral (eg. Tower Tours and Music Outreach).

    Where does the money come from?

    From legacies and individual donations, either with one-off or regular donations.

  • Elizabeth Walters Trust-+

    A Trust, established nearly 450 years ago, is still available for groups and individuals, in and around Ipswich, who are organising Christian projects for young people.

    The Trust was established following a legacy from a 16th century benefactor Elizabeth Walter, daughter of John Moore, Bailiff of Ipswich and Burgess to Parliament (MP) for the Borough in 1571. Amongst the many gifts left in Elizabeth’s Will was £50 for ‘the maintenance of a godly and worthy preacher for Ipswich St Lawrence’. A further £300 was set aside for ‘the relief of virtuous preachers who may be in need’. In 1598 Elizabeth’s executor Thomas Kempe bought a tavern in Tavern Street (known as The Seven Stars in the 17th and 18th centuries) with the £50, to which parishioners added another £30. The rent from the tavern provided the stipend for the St Lawrence minister. In c.1612 a further £50 (perhaps from the legacy of £300) was used by Samuel Ward, town preacher, to establish a library for his own and other preachers’ use. Details of these purchases can be found in the Benefactors’ Book at Ipswich School. The Trust exists today, more than 400 years on, to keep the church of St Lawrence in good repair and to pay half the stipend of its preacher. It also offers grants to individuals and organisations for religious and educational purposes in connection with the Church of England amongst children, young persons and adults within the deanery of Ipswich. Recent beneficiaries of the Trust include: Whitton St Mary and St Botolph for its Steppin’ Up summer club; Ipswich St Helen for The Life Exhibition, an interactive, multi-media event about the life of Jesus, and Sidegate Primary School for the creation and distribution of multi-faith stories. Grants issued are usually around £300-£1000 per project. The Trust is chaired by the Archdeacon of Suffolk and meets twice yearly at the Diocesan Office.

    Application forms can be obtained from the Trust’s clerk Philip Keeble via philip.keeble@cofesuffolk.org or downloaded from the following link. 

    Elizabeth Walter Trust | PDF

  • FUNDfinder-+

    FUNDfinder gives your parish free access to comprehensive funding information. Register now to search a database of thousands of opportunities.  This is an easy to use programme which asks you for search criteria and then generates relevant funding sources.

    What is FUNDfinder?

    It is a free and easy to use tool for parishes to access funding.

    How will it help me?

    You can use it in your own time to find possible funds for your local church projects.

    When can I start?

    Right now.  Register now using this link to go to the website

    Benefits

    • Provides clear fund details showing the criteria, contact details and links to application forms
    • Time saving
    • Dedicated local support section
    • Automatic e mail alerts to keep you up to date with new funding opportunities
    • Save you search results to a personal profile