Grants and loans to churches

Following the agreement of the Finance Committee and Synod Trust in 2016, applications are invited for grants and loans to support suitable projects to develop the mission of your Church. This could involve work on church premises or other mission initiatives (applications for youth work should still be made to Turn the Tide).

In 2017, £250,000 will be available, although applications for a grant are not normally expected to exceed £20,000. If the application is for the development of church premises, it will also be expected that Churches will be able to match from their own funds a sum similar to that being sought in the application.

If the application involves work on your church premises then the current process for approvals will need to be followed before an application can be considered. However, an application for finance can be made in parallel, but it will not be agreed until the property issues are approved. Applications for assistance for work normally considered to be routine expenditure on buildings will not be considered.

Comments will be sought on applications from Synod Areas, so it would be of benefit to keep them abreast of your plans. It will also be possible for Synod Areas to apply for funding (e.g. for a pastoral project), in which case matched funding may not be necessary. However, the agreement of the Synod Ministries Committee should be sought for these initiatives.

If you are successful in obtaining a grant or loan, it is expected that you will not apply again within the following 3 years.  All successful applicants will be asked to provide a typed report one year after the grant and/or loan has been paid out, describing how the grant has been used and how it has enhanced the mission of the church.

To download a grant application form, click here.  The form can also be found in the Documents Library under ‘Finance’. It would be helpful if applications can be made by E-Mail to Simon Harding at finprop@urcsouthern.org.uk.

It is hoped that churches will find this opportunity can be a way of contributing to their future Mission.

John Denison

February 2017