BEH Benevolence Fund
Applications from lay and ordained - please contact the District Chair.
London Mission Fund
These funds are allocated annually to the District and distributed via the District Grants Committee. Development of property/maintenance is normally considered at 10% of new local money raised for the project, not including grants etc. Please note that the London Mission Fund no longer accepts donations; churches or circuits wishing to contribute to the fund should donate to the District Advance Fund. Contact Bob Butcher
The Osborne Trust
This is a trust established for the use of Methodist churches in the 'ancient county of Essex', administered by Rev Doreen Hare at The Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes, Central Buildings, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ; e-mail: Rev Doreen Hare. Funding available for building and development work in particular. Applications are considered during the months of February, March, June, October and November. Please click for application form.
The Rock Trust
This Trust offers funding for residential courses and other youth activities within the former London North East boundaries. Please contact the Secretary, Miss Kathy Burrell, for information. Please click for application form.
The Jean Richardson Fund
In the circuits formerly in the London North West District, to provide for exchange visits between young people in the UK and overseas. Please contact Mrs Hannah Roberts.
The Joseph Rank Trust
Full details and guidance can be found on the website at www.ranktrust.org/rank-trust-methodist-grants.htm. Applications must be sent to Bob Butcher (at firstname.lastname@example.org) for consideration by the District Grants Committee and then a hard copy sent to the Synod Secretary. Applications must NOT be sent direct to the Trust. The Trust is not accepting any applications until further notice, with effect from 13 June 2017.
In 2015/16 almost the entire budget of £4.9 million was spent on a large number of good quality applications.
The church has made a total of £5.6 million available in 2016/17 for Mission and Ministry in Britain and Property grants, including an extra million pounds to spend the excess reserves in the Connexional Priority Fund. Please help us to spend all this budget and grow the work of God’s kingdom.
Circuits and churches are encouraged to consider making applications for Connexional grants if they have a mission and ministry, heritage, chaplaincy, Methodist Action on Poverty and Justice or property projects that they feel might meet the Connexional grants criteria – see the website (link below). The CGC particularly welcome applications to support innovative Mission and Ministry projects where the potential impact is larger than local – these may be local projects if they are exploring new ways of working that others could learn from and share.
Please note that the criteria for Methodist Action on Poverty & Justice (formerly MAPP) have been redefined following a review. The guidance on the website has been updated and the grant application forms have been revised, with applications going live in September.
The 2016/17 deadlines for Connexional grant applications over £30,000 are midday 5 October 2016 and 2 March 2017. There is a rolling programme for smaller grants unless they have received applications in excess of funds available, in which case the stated deadlines come into effect for all applications. It is advisable to submit applications early so the Grants Team can advise if more evidence is needed to enable stream members to assess applications. The Grants Team are very happy to look at draft applications.
The District Property Secretary, Ian Hume, or the District Grants Secretary, Mr Bob Butcher, are available to assist in any way possible.
Further information from: www.methodist.org.uk/mission/connexional-grants.
Sarah Sutherland, 30/01/2014