Strategic Development Funding supports major change projects which lead to a significant difference in dioceses’ mission and financial strength. It is only available to dioceses and the projects should fit with their strategic plans. If wish to know more about the application process please contact your diocese's SDU delivery lead. 

The funding is already supporting many transformational work programmes.

There is a two-stage application process. The Church Commissioners have released the money which is used for Strategic Development Funding. The Archbishops’ Council is responsible for deciding the principles for its use. The Council has created the Strategic Investment Board to decide on grant applications among other things.

  1. The short first stage assesses the proposal and the extent to which it is consistent with the diocese’s wider strategy. The opportunities to apply for Strategic Development Funding in 2020-22 below.

  2. If a diocese is invited forward, they prepare a detailed project plan. The Strategic Investment Board then makes the final decision on the grant.


First Stage Applications due

Dioceses notified of outcome

Project Plans for successful applicants can be submitted by

Dioceses notified of outcome / awarded funding


1 November 2020

End December 2020

19 March 2021

End April 2021




14 May 2021

End June 2021


10 September 2021

Late October 2021

25 March 2022

Early May 2022




13 May 2022

End June 2022

We want to learn from projects as they develop and we have therefore introduced monitoring and evaluation processes. This will help to ensure that we capture and share learning with dioceses and the Church more widely. 

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