Mission Grants for local churches
The Strategic Mission Fund’s purpose is to support projects or personnel, including supportive roles enabling mission, where the money is not to be spent on church buildings.
For work with Children and Young People contact the Children’s and Youth Development Officer (CYDO), Tom Hackett [email protected].
Currently, whilst the MDO post is vacant, for other, missional, people-focused, risk-taking projects, please contact the Secretary to the Strategic Mission Fund panel via [email protected] Projects might be quite small, and applications are particularly encouraged from churches which have not previously received Synod funding. Larger projects might typically involve the employment of a specialist worker.
Applications for up to £20,000 will normally be considered electronically and a response given within a month.
Larger applications, or ones that raise wider policy issues, will be considered at the periodic meetings of the SMF Panel.
The initial application form can be used for all applications. Where sums in excess of £20,000 are requested, applicants should also be prepared to provide:
· a clear mission statement;
· evidence of an honest appraisal of its situation within the local community in which it will operate;
· confirmation of a thorough investigation of other sources of finance, or of the financial input of partner organisations;
· a detailed and costed plan with full information on the way in which the project will be managed through its development and planning stage, its implementation and its on-going operation.
Applicants for larger grants may also be asked to make a personal presentation to the Strategic Mission Fund Panel as part of the process of seeking approval.
Within one year of an award being taken up, a report should be submitted by the local church or group of churches to the Strategic Mission Fund Panel Secretary indicating how the project has helped in local mission. For larger projects, the SMF Panel may ask for additional monitoring and will report periodically to Synod Together.
see more details in the Guidance document here
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