Diocesan grants


Kathryn Warner.
Email: ku.gr1718992571o.coi1718992571dsolg1718992571@renr1718992571awk1718992571
Tel: 01452 835529

Or write to:
Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Officer
Church House
College Green

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LIFE Together Fund

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”
(Words of Jesus from 10:10)

The Diocese of Gloucester’s vision of LIFE Together emerged from listening to stories from across the Diocese and noticing what was being lived. Together we committed to go out and share the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that people may know life in all its fullness.

Our LIFE Together Fund aims to serve and engage communities through our five spotlight commitments, with a hope that people of all ages and backgrounds will be inspired to discover Jesus Christ for themselves, transforming lives and communities. To do this we invest, support, and empower people with great ideas from across the Diocese to drive change and growth in their local area.

If you are someone, lay or ordained, who has a vision and a path to realising it, whether that be starting gaming sessions for teenagers, or building a county-wide network of social enterprises, then we may be able to help you do that with some encouragement, support and finance.

The 10:10 Circle

If you have a great idea and want to develop a new project or partnership, or you are looking to build on an existing activity, then we would like to invite you to join our 10:10 Circle. This five-session programme brings together Christian leaders from across the diocese to help each person develop their vision and to grow a network of leaders, with everyone benefiting from the collective wisdom in the room.

To find out more about the 10:10 Circle and funding available please read our information booklet:
10:10 Circle Booklet

For more information about the 10:10 Circle and the LIFE Together fund please contact Kathryn Warner on ku.gr1718992571o.coi1718992571dsolg1718992571@renr1718992571awk1718992571

Your application

Up to two people from an organisation may apply and you will need to include 400 words about your project, 300 words about your skills, 300 words about what you would hope to get from the 10:10 Circle and a two-minute video about the project. Each applicant will also need to provide two references.

To make an application to become part of the 10:10 Circle click here.

2024 10:10 Circle dates

Members of the 10:10 Circle will meet at the Grace Network hub in Brimscombe.
The dates set for the 10:10 Circle programme are –

Tuesday 27 February

Thursday 21 March

Thursday 25 April

Thursday 16 May

Thursday 20 June

(Times usually run between 9.30am-4pm)

Mission Grant Scheme

In support of LIFE Together, the Diocese of Gloucester has a Mission Grant Scheme to enable and encourage local mission initiatives. It is particularly keen to provide ‘seed-corn’ grants to help local projects get off the ground, but will also consider applications for larger sums up to £3,000.

A wide variety of missional activity will be considered. It may be money to help buy resources to start a Messy Church or holiday club, or a lunch club for the elderly. In the past, money has been given to help fund youth projects and evangelistic events. The key thing is that the work is consistent with the aims of LIFE Together. The fund wouldn’t normally support ongoing costs or maintenance repairs to buildings.

The fund is chiefly to support the work of local churches, chaplaincies and fresh expressions, but we will also consider applications from individuals and other entities, provided their objectives are consistent with the aims of the Diocese of Gloucester.

An application form with further guidance notes is available from Ruth Cameron ku.gr1718992571o.coi1718992571dsolg1718992571@nore1718992571macr1718992571

If you would like to know anything more about the Mission Grant Scheme please contact the Director of the Department of Mission and Ministry the Revd Canon Dr Sandra Millar – ku.gr1718992571o.coi1718992571dsolg1718992571@rall1718992571ims1718992571.

The Hibiscus Project

Hibiscus Project logo: Grants for projects to enable a welcoming and caring churchGrants for projects to enable a welcoming and caring church.

All worshipping communities can apply for grants of up to £350 from The Hibiscus Project to support projects that enable a welcoming and caring church.

Bishop Rachel said: “The Hibiscus Project has been developed in memory of Neil Todd. Neil was a victim of Peter Ball, and tragically took his own life in August 2012. We wish to commend his tenacity and courage and that of other victims and survivors.

“Neil was a nurse with a passion for caring for others. It was with this in mind that we wanted to provide a fund to support projects that care for and welcome people of all ages to engage in church life and worship.

“A small fund has been dedicated to helping local worshipping communities to deliver new and existing ways of ensuring that all people, no matter what age, are able to attend, participate and engage with church life and worship.”

This grant offers opportunities for supporting a wide range of projects or activities such as:

• holding a party to celebrate carers in the community;
• sending a member of your church on a training in welcoming a specific section of the community (ie dementia awareness, accessibility);
• starting a monthly coffee morning for people who are lonely.

You can be as creative and imaginative as you like.

How to apply

Please contact The Revd Canon Dr Sandra Millar, Director of Mission & Ministry in the first instance.

Other funding opportunities and useful links

The Sylvanus Lysons Charity provides funding for local projects within the Diocese of Gloucester. Further details can be found on their webpage here: Sylvanus Lysons grant-making charity – Diocese of Gloucester (anglican.org)

Support for charities in developing specific projects and longer term resilience: For Charities | Pilotlight

Support for charities and parishes from the Benefact Trust: Advice and Resources | Benefact Trust

Invest Leadership Programme for Gloucestershire Charities: Invest Programme – Gloucestershire CF

There are some alternative way of funding posts that might meet the criteria for an apprenticeship – take a look at the information below to see if apprenticeship funding might be suitable for you:

Use of the Apprenticeship Levy; Apprenticeship Funding Application Form May 2019

www.actionfunder.org – matching up businesses who want to invest in community projects, with charities delivering those projects

www.acf.org.uk – Association of Charitable foundations

www.glosvcsalliance.org.uk – Voluntary and Community Sector’s funding bulletin



www.dsc.org.uk – Directory of Social Change

www.grantnav.threesixtygiving.org/ – App to help you find funders




https://www.inspiringimpact.org/ – free guidance on planning your project, using data to increase the impact of your project, creating a culture that embraces learning

https://charitysetup.org.uk/ help in setting up your charity

https://www.startandgrowenterprise.uk/ – support for start-ups and new entrepreneurs in Gloucestershire

Learning Programme 2022 – Barnwood Trust


See also: small grants and PCC loans