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Last updated 6th September 2017


Whilst it is generally a good principle for the day to day running costs and routine maintenance of the church to be met by regular giving, regular one off fundraising activities can significantly contribute to a churches income. In addition, there will inevitably be times in the lives of many churches when a major fundraising project is needed.

The Parish Resources website has a specifc page on fundraising cover the following four topic areas:

  • Capital Fundraising and Building Projects
  • Church Fundraising Events and Initiatives
  • Digital Giving for Churches
  • National List of Charitable Grants for Churches

Some parishes have signed up to the easyfundraising scheme.

Once registered, anyone can use the easyfundraising website to access one of over 3,200 shops and sites in the usual manner, and once a purchase is made the retailer gives easyfundraising a commission for their purchase. Easyfundraising turn that commission into a donation and give it to your parish. 

The ethical aspect of applying for lottery funding

Some parishes may question whether they should have anything to do with the National Lottery. Each parish is free to make its own decision. The policy agreed nationally in 1995 by the House of Bishops is as follows:

"Throughout the debate on the establishment of the National Lottery, the Church of England, along with other churches, has made known its reservations. We accept freely our own financial responsibility in worship, witness, evangelism and pastoral care, and see no basis on which Lottery money should be used by the Church in these areas.
"However, it is clearly the Government's intention that the Church's heritage responsibilities should attract grants from public funds made available through the Lottery.
"Sometimes the Church resists proposed changes in our society, but when the decision is made we have to live with it. In this instance we recognise that the Government has made it clear that the Lottery is the way it will increasingly fund heritage and charitable and other matters.   "The decision whether or not to apply for such help is a matter for the responsible body in each case."   It should be noted that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will not, in any event, provide money for worship, witness, evangelism or pastoral care: the HLF's priorities are learning, conservation and participation.


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