03 January 2012
A new funding focus to support bridge building church community
projects has been approved by the Church and Community Fund (CCF)
for an initial three years starting today. The new focus will
direct funding towards projects concerned with neighbourhood
renewal, community projects with church growth at their core and to
support replication of successful community projects that can
easily be copied and rolled out elsewhere.
The CCF has given away £3 million in grants across the country
in the past six years and its new focus will ensure future grant
making is more effective by funding those projects with the
greatest need and opportunity. Grants between £10,000 and
£20,000 can be applied for online through the CCF website with larger grants
of more than £20,000 being offered for replicating
successful community engagement.
In a Church of England podcast
podcast the Ven.George Howe chief of staff for the Bishop of
Carlisle and chair of the CCF tells the story of Holy Trinity,
Swiss Cottage that recently received a grant for a youth project
aimed at challenging gang culture. He says the Fund is keen to
support similar projects that act as bridge builders between the
church and the local community.
"We are very keen that parishes take a look at the new criteria
on the website and start to consider now their applications for
2012," he added.
The new focus, based on the Archbishop of Canterbury's strategic
goals to the new General Synod in 2010, particularly emphasise:
- · Developing the Church's engagement with the whole community
through supporting innovative use of resources;
- · Helping to transform areas of greatest need and opportunity
- · Encouraging the church to grow spiritually and
The website also contains advice on how to apply online for a
grant, a new set of funding guidelines that include detailed
information on whether your project is eligible for funding and how
to donate to the Fund.
Notes The CCF was established in 1915
originally to support the central workings of the church. In 1985
it broadened its distribution policy to include "local projects
proposed by parishes, deaneries, or dioceses connected with the
work of the Church of England". Formerly known as the 'Central
Church Fund', it changed its name to 'The Church and Community
Fund' in June 2006 and is now under the trusteeship of the
Archbishops' Council (registered charity number 1074857).