Diocese of Manchester

Securing a grant to help you finance a parish project can make all the difference. We are here to help and guide you through the process, from planning, searching for funding and getting your project off the ground.

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Places of Worship : Security Funding Scheme open for bids

Bids are invited for the provision of security equipment for places of worship that are vulnerable to or have been subject to hate crime. 

Closing date for online applications is 12 August 2018. Successful bids will be announced early October 2018. 

Grants of up to £56,000 are available and scheme costs cannot exceed £70,000. Places of worship are expected to make a 20% contribution. Further details can be found here or please contact Heather Ford

How do I apply for a diocesan grant?

First, take a look at the Grants Leaflet which details types of diocesan funding and who to contact.

The following diocesan grants are available. (Note that Mission Development Grants, main and small, are no longer given.)

  • Church Building Grants and Loans – for urgent repairs to your church buildings
  • Maintenance of Ministry Grants – assistance for parishes struggling to meet the working expenses of their stipendiary clergy. 
  • St Agnes Fund – grants of up to £150 for people in dire need (i.e. for food, clothing, and essential household items). Grants are paid via the diocesan BACS system directly to parish accounts. There is no application form; applications are only accepted from a parish for someone living within the boundary of that parish. To request a grant, please send an email with the person’s name, amount requested and brief details of what the grant is for to Sue Heil.
  • Personal Grants for Clergy – clergy wishing to claim a grant to help with their personal circumstances should contact their Archdeacon.

Check if you are eligible

You can check whether you meet the criteria for diocesan grants by downloading an application form. All applicants are expected to contact the relevant officer before making an application.

Who do I contact?

Open 4 Funding

Open 4 Funding is an external funding search facility which is free for parishes to use. It is an excellent tool and we would encourage all parishes to register and use it on a regular basis to get maximum benefit for your parish.

As detailed in the Grants Leaflet there are people to help and advise you and we would strongly recommend that you contact the relevant officer before you start funding searches, so that you can be guided through the whole process.

If you need any help in using Open 4 Funding, please contact Sue Heil.
Start your search here.

Financial support for clergy and their families

The comprehensive Clergy Grants booklet details grants for clergy and their families, including:

  • Bursaries, Sabbaticals, Education and Training
  • Children of Clergy
  • Clergy Spouse/Retired Clergy
  • Debt Assistance
  • General Assistance with Hardship
  • Health
  • Holidays
  • Vocational Grants

Other grants available for communities

The Diocese of Manchester is fortunate to have access to an endowment fund – Council for Social Aid (CSA). In times of austerity it is a positive to be able to respond to the needs of our parishes through funding that is flexible in meeting the needs as found in our communities.

More information here
CSA leaflet
CSA Financial statement

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The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400