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Last updated 4th September 2017

Financial Assistance Group

The Diocesan Parish Vision Fund is available to provide funding to parishes seeking financial assistance for one of the four Vision 2026 priorities:

  • Making disciples of Jesus Christ
  • Being witnesses to Jesus Christ
  • Growing leaders for Jesus Christ
  • Prioritising work among children, young people and schools

Applications are particulalry welcome from parishes seeking additional resources that focus on three of the Vision priority contexts (2016-2019):

a) Presence and engagement

the importance of the Church both remaining present in multi religious areas and engaging positively with communities of other faiths. NB Presence and Engagement is different from inter faith dialogue, although complementary to it

b) Outer estates

outreach through words and action in parishes that are in the bottom 40% nationally for multiple deprivation (please ask if you're not sure if your parish meets the criteria)

NB Applications are particularly welcome from parishes to subsidise attendance (both fees and travel) at the Mission Shaped Ministry Course (September 2017-March 2018)

c) Turnaround parishes

outreach through words and action in parishes that have seen decline in numbers and financial strength over the past five years, and are determined to see growth in the number of, and depth in, discipleship

 

What you can apply for

Examples of the type of work that we will fund include activities that support and enable:

  • 'Seed corn' funding for feasibility studies for Vision 2026 initiatives
  • Clusters of parishes working together
  • Christians working together ecumenically and, where appropriate, entering partnerships with local faith communities and other groups
  • Outreach into a local community

Applicants may like to consider the following list of initiative categories that, from research, appear to be resulting in church growth in the Church of England today:

  • Encourage personal and parish discipleship (eg attendance at external discipleship events, parish day/ weekend away) 
  • Planting new congregations
  • Improving welcome and integration
  • More lay involvement in leadership
  • Evangelism and outreach for any generation
  • Making the Gospel accessible (Kids' Clubs, Christian Holiday Clubs, Messy Church, street parties, weekend events, Bible Study weeks)
  • Setting up and running discipleship courses
  • Training for evangelism, outreach and mission
  • Showing God's love through practical action in the community
  • New or replacement parish liturgical/ worship materials

Please note that funding is normally limited to a maximum of three years. If your project is expected to last for more than three years, we would expect you to explain how you will fund the work after our funding ceases. If the project is to end after three years, we would like you to explain how the work will come to an end, and what will happen to anyone employed. 

Application Process

Applications for assistance of less than £2,000 can be submitted at any time and will be considered by the Head of Finance and the relevant Archdeacon. 

The deadlines for receipt of applications for assistance in excess of £2,000 are:

11 September 2017 - to be considered by the Financial Assistance Group on 19 October

29 January 2018 - to be considered by the Financial Assistance Group on 8 March

16 April 2018  - to be considered by the Financial Assistance Group on 17 May

3 September 2018 - to be considered by the Financial Assistance Group on 11 October

Completed application forms, together with supporting documents, should be sent to: Elaine.Hargreaves@Blackburn.Anglican.Org or posted to:

Elaine Hargreaves

Diocesan Offices

Clayton House

Walker Office Park

Blackburn

BB1 2QE