Mission Grant Scheme
The Mission Grant Scheme is for a variety of missional activities. For example: to help buy resources to start a Messy Church; a lunch club for the elderly or to fund youth projects and evangelistic events. Grants are available to £3,000.
Introducing the Mission Grant Scheme
Diocesan LIFE Development Fund
This supports the work of churches and communities across the diocese, making grants towards the revenue costs of specific projects for up to three years, as well as one-off grants.
Full details of LIFE Development Fund
Sylvanus Lysons Charity
Sylvanus Lysons works to further the religious and other charitable work of the Church of England in the Diocese of Gloucester. The Charity provides financial support for all sorts of projects, which may include initiatives taken by individuals, parishes and other Christian organisations.
Visit the Sylvanus Lysons web pages
The Hibiscus Project
Grants for projects to enable a welcoming and caring church.
Click here for details and forms
Small grants from the DBF
Loans for PCCs and small grants are available.
Click here for details and forms
Cecil Adams Organ Fund
The Cecil Adams Organ Fund exists through the generosity of the late Cecil Adams, who for many years was organist of Dursley and Diocesan Organs Adviser. Grants are made towards repairs and maintenance (but not alterations) of pipe organs in the Diocese of Gloucester.
Guidance Note for applicants
Cecil Adams Organ Fund Application
Table Tomb Fund
This small grant fund can assist with the cost of conservation repair of stone or slate table tombs and their surrounding ironwork in any churchyard in the Diocese of Gloucester, provided that such tombs shall be of a date prior to 1850.
Table Tomb Fund application (pdf)
Table Tomb Fund application (Word)
Warneford Ecclesiastical Charity
This charity assists with the preservation and repair of church buildings in the Diocese of Gloucester, subject to the restrictions and provisions of the Foundation Deed. The Trustees meet annually in December to consider applications for small sums. Application forms and further information can be obtained from the Secretary to the Trustees, Michael Eliot at Ampney Cottage, Ampney St Mary, Cirencester, GL7 5SN or by email: moc.t1701551331enret1701551331nitb@1701551331toile1701551331leahc1701551331im1701551331
Whether you are considering fundraising for repairs, a re-ordering scheme or a missional project of some sort, this section is intended to help signpost you to the right kind of information to suit your particular project.
In addition to our guidance sheets below, the following links might also prove useful to gain information on some of the more well known grant-giving bodies:
- The National Lottery Heritage Fund – N.B. HLF has resumed funding projects as of February 2021, however their priorities have shifted somewhat to focus to inclusive Covid-19 recovery projects as well as sustainability projects, more than on improvements to the condition of heritage assets. Please read the following guidance here.
- Heritage Funding Directory
- Church Care
- Wildlife/environment grant for parish churches
- National Churches Trust – NCT have four funding pathways: Gateway grants, Cornerstone grants, Foundation grants and Preventative Maintenance Micro-grants.
- The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme
- Allchurches Trust
- Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust
- HMRC VAT Advice
- Ecclesiastical Fundraising Guidance
Further organisations that provide grants for more specialist aspects of conservation:
- On Organ Fund – provision and restoration of pipe organs.
- William and Jane Morris Fund – for the conservation of pre-1896 decorative features and monuments.
- The Barron Bell Trust – conservation of carillons of bells.
- The Pilling Trust – repair of organs.
- The Sharpe Trust – conservation of bells.
- War Memorials Trust – conservation, protection and access for war memorials.