Grant funding information 2019 - 2020

Mr Bob Butcher


The District Advance Fund (DAF)


Grants policy

Priority will be given to grant applications for new work, satisfying one or more of the following criteria:
  • Work with children, young people and those in the 25 to 40 age group
  • New ways of being church
  • Mission initiatives
  • Ecumenical initiatives
  • Community based initiatives, especially in areas of new housing development
  • Rural work
  • Development of property - normally up to 2% of the total cost of the scheme, with a maximum of £20,000 and with a clear strategy to reach new people:
  • to establish or maintain a Methodist presence
  • to expand into new geographical areas
  • where there are signs of, or potential for new growth
For schemes of over £100,000 that require a grant, normally a presentation should be made to the District Policy Committee following a recommendation from the District Grants Committee.

For non-property grants, an annual report will be called for and evaluated by the District Grants Committee before the release of subsequent grants.

We will continue to accept applications in letter form for requests up to £500.
 
Applications Timetable

 

The District Grants Committee meet three times per year. Applications to be considered at these meetings should be made on the District Grant Application Form and be sent to the Grants Secretary, Mr Bob Butcher by:
  • 30 September 2019
  • 31 January 2020
  • 23 May 2020
This timetable allows time for queries and for circulation to committee members ahead of the meeting. Application forms can be downloaded below or be obtained from Mr Bob Butcher.
 

The Joseph Rank Trust

Full details and guidance can be found on the Joseph Rank Trust website.  Applications must be sent to Mr Bob Butcher 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.  Please check the Trust website for details of application deadlines.

Connexional Grants

 

The purpose of awarding Connexional grant funding is to encourage new ideas in mission, the taking of risks, the development of capacity, leadership and infrastructure for mission and to support equality and diversity. Mission and evangelism are very central to the life, witness and service of the Methodist Church and will continue to be a major commitment of the Church and its resources in the years ahead. This grants programme should be seen in that context. 

 

Methodist Insurance Grants

Methodist Insurance Grants are awarded for building development, for mission, outreach and community benefit, with some demonstration of energy efficiency. Grants are not awarded for routine building maintenance.

Allchurches Trust 

Allchurches Trust is one of the largest grant-making charities in the UK. Funding priorities are building communities, helping people in need to flourish, growing churches spiritually and numerically. A new programme, Growing Livesawards grants of up to £25,000 to help churches to connect with children and young people and forge lasting links with families.  

National Churches Trust 

The National Churches Trust supports a wide variety of projects through grant programmes, helping to keep churches open for worship and community activities and allow them to continue serve people in all sorts of ways.

Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District Training Grants 

Grants of up to £100 per person for lay and ministerial training, that support the mission of the church and are not otherwise available through the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network, are available. Applications will be considered three times a year (October 2019, February 2020, and June 2020). The Training Fund is administered by the District Finance Officer and Treasurer. An application form may be downloaded here.

Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District 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. An application form may be downloaded here or 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. 

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. 

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.

Application forms:


District Advance Fund

London Mission Fund

District Training Fund