Last updated 8th October 2019
The Diocesan Parish Vision Fund is available to provide funding to parishes seeking financial assistance for one of the four Vision 2026 priorities:
As well as applying for grants using the information and forms below, you may want to donate to the Parish Vision Fund, which you can do from this page here.
Applications for grants from the fund are particularly 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 20% most deprived parishes by income rank nationally (and will be in receipt of the Lower Income Communities Funding (LICF) grant (please ask if you're not sure if your parish meets the criteria)
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:
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:
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.
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 closing dates for receipt of applications for assistance in excess of £2,000 are:
All applications are reviewed at an initial meeting of the Group which takes place shortly after the closing date for their receipt. Should we need more information or any clarification, we will contact you after this first meeting.
If possible, please email your completed application forms, together with supporting documents, should be sent to: email@example.com.
If you need to send your application by post, please send to: Elaine Hargreaves, Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE
Information about other grants that may be of interest can be found here