There are many ways to generate additional funds to support the mission of the Church, such as grant-making trusts and charities.
The below resources are designed to help you plan and fundraise for your church project:
- How to fundraise for your project
- How to develop a fundraising strategy
- National Funding Guide: This Charitable Grants for Churches guide lists a selection of funders that support church projects nationwide. Download the guide
- Diocesan Funding Guide: This guide is designed to supplement the National Funding Guide and is for all funders of church buildings and projects across the Diocese of Bristol.
Download the guide
- You might also find some of this information from NCVO about searching for, and applying for grants helpful.
- You can find loads of free information and webinars about how to find grants and apply for them on the Benefact Group (Ecclesiastical Insurance) website. Whilst this is a great resource, we have not had time to review it all, so if you find any of the resources particularly useful, please let us know, so we can signpost to it here.
Proving your charitable status
Generally only the largest churches are registered charities, but all Church of England churches are exempted charities. You can now download a certificate for your church from the A Church Near You website that will demonstrate your charitable status, and is accepted by an increasing number of organisations such as JustGiving.
Sometimes funders will ask you for 'Articles of Association' or other documents
Grants for churches and charities
St Matthias Trust
The Foundations primary objective is the advancement of education in the Dioceses of Bath & Wells, Bristol and Gloucester, with a preference for higher and further education; such education contributing to the advancement of the Church of England.
Download an application form
The Bristol Impact Fund
* four-year grant funding to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the city
* smaller grants for 18 months to encourage new ideas and involvement from more diverse communities
Learn more about BIF
Diocesan Creative Arts Fund
The fund exists to support and invest in engagement with the creative arts by Anglican Churches in the Diocese of Bristol. The fund is particularly concerned with supporting projects, work and initiatives which further the creative arts within Diocese of Bristol Churches within the following areas of focus:
* have a focus on sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with people;
* provide opportunities for people to encounter the Christian faith and Christian community within Diocese of Bristol churches;
* deliver a resource for artists and creatives for personal and spiritual development;
* are concerned with issues of justice and oppression.
Applications for funding should be submitted for consideration by the Fund Managers through Revd Erica Bebb. Whilst there is no limit to the amount of funding that can be requested, please be advised that this is a small seed funding fund, with limited financial resources, that is unlikely to fund repeat applications. Applications must be made by, or with the expressed endorsement of, an Anglican church in the Diocese of Bristol. For further information, email: Erica.Bebb@ccweb.org.uk
Learn more about the Creative Arts Network
Every Bristol Diocese parish also falls under at least one of the following funding organisations:
For more information on their Building Improvement Grant, visit the Benefact Trust website.
Fundraising support from the Diocese
There are a number of sources of support and advice to help you plan and develop your church project. If you're looking for support, you can contact the External Relations Team by emailing email@example.com or speak with an external fundraising consultant with experience of supporting churches to realise projects. We can provide support with sourcing these consultants, as required.
Diocesan Loan Scheme
The Diocese may be able to provide a loan to support your church project. Loans are provided for projects that have already secured the majority of their funding, and are not offered as a 'start up' loan. Applications are considered monthly by the Diocesan Finance Committee.
For more information, contact your Archdeacon: