Parish Grants and Fundraising

Picture by Philip King.

When it comes to raising funds for your church buildings – whether it’s for urgent repairs, installation of toilets and kitchens, a re-ordering for a more community-friendly space, or conserving historic treasures, this section will guide you through your first steps.

Grants and funding

Beccy Hills is the Diocesan Parish Funding & Grants Advisor. Beccy supports parishes and benefices in the following ways:

  • Advise on how and where to access grants, and their deadlines – for example, funding available for Quinquennials work, or community engagement and fundraising
  • Provide guidance on crafting a strategy
  • Provide feedback on your draft bid/grant applications successful fundraising
  • Setting up a voluntary fundraising network across the Diocese – volunteers are needed to advise parishes on how to write successful bids for funding, and to share best practice. If you are interested please let us know!

If you would like to know more on how we can help – please email your queries to Beccy Hills or call her mobile: 07702 079051.

Your strategy

Aspirations, needs, priorities, outcomes. All this ‘grant-speak’ can be daunting but you’ll soon get the hang of it. Take a look at the checklist below from the leader of a highly successful project in a modestly-sized church within a small village to help you focus on your own scheme. 

Strategy Checklist | PDF

Apply early

Funders such as the National Churches Trust like to see projects in their planning stages. Potential partners and funders will want to see a professional business plan for your project and your Statement of Significance is a good starting point.

Business Plan | PDF

Statement of Significance | PDF

Who can help?

Only a handful of funders can help with your particular project. That’s because each has strict criteria – usually found on their website. If you can’t match their requirements, it’s time to move on. You can view helpful presentations from the National Churches Trust and Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. They can help with both grants and advice on other funders. 

Charitable Grants for Churches | PDF

Heritage Funding | Webpage

National Churches Trust | Weblink

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust | Weblink

National Churches Trust | Weblink

Parish Resources | Weblink

The Centenary Fund | Webpage

Elizabeth Walters Trust | Webpage 

FUNDfinder | Webpage 

Growth fund | Weblink

Fundraising friends

When raising funds from your own resources, the obvious place to start is with your Friends Group. Don’t have one? The National Churches Trust has a downloadable resources pack is approved by the Charity Commission.

Setting up a Friends Group | Weblink


Page last updated: 1st November 2021 12:24 PM