Diocese of Manchester

Securing a grant to help you finance a parish project can make all the difference. There's plenty of help and guidance available including planning, searching for funding and getting your project off the ground.

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Diocesan grants

The following diocesan grants are available:

  • Church Building Grants and Loans – Grants and Loans are for urgent repair work to the church building. They can be used towards match funding for heritage grants or other major repair work. Loans are interest free and are usually paid
    over 3 years. Grants are for a maximum of £15,000, and Loans a maximum of £10,000. 
  • Maintenance of Ministry Grants – These small grants are given to assist parishes which are struggling to meet the day-to-day working expenses of their stipendiary clergy. They are usually for no more than £1,000 per annum.  
  • 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 Lesley Riley.
  • Personal Grants for Clergy – clergy wishing to claim a grant to help with their personal circumstances should contact their Archdeacon.

External funding

Open 4 Community 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.

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