Giving and Fundraising Latest

28 October 2020

During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we will be regularly updating this page with the latest Giving and Fundraising news. Click on the heading to reveal all the information on news item.

If you haven’t yet registered your church as a good cause on Easyfundraising – now’s the time!  Registration takes only 2 minutes and opens up a whole new income stream for your church, through online shopping and direct donations.  Click for more info and a Step by Step guide to registering. If you are already registered then click here to get started.  For further advice, please contact Gary Watson or Sue Whitehead.
Generosity Week for autumn

Harvest is a time to gather what we have, a time to thank God for all he has given us, a time to think and reflect on what God is calling us to create.  The National Giving Team has produced some resources and materials which can be used over the course of a week, either during the Harvest season or during the autumn, to encourage people to live generously.  We hope your church will join in and share this time to grow our understanding of God’s generosity and how it enriches our daily lives.

The Generosity Week includes a week of free resources running from Sunday to Sunday:-

  • Service Content packs with a range of materials for two Sunday services, one on generosity and one on gratitude
  • Liturgy for a week’s morning prayer services for services in person or online
  • 8 daily audio reflection podcasts for congregation members
  • A small group study session with a guide for leaders, including a Biblical reflection and discussion questions based on the material from one of the Sunday services.

The resources are available on the national parishes resources website together with a flier which you can use to promote the resources to your parish.

Online Giving and Legacy Webinars

The National Stewardship Team at the Church of England is holding a number of one-hour Online Giving webinars, covering setting up and receiving online donations, encouraging online donations and communicating with your community:

You can still watch the Online Giving webinar that was recorded on 12 May 2020.

A Legacy webinar for parishes has been arranged for:


Localgiving will  match donations during the period 27 October to 9 November, or until the threshold of £1 million is reached.

·         Between 10:00 on 27 October 2020 and 09:59 on 3 November 2020 donations will be matched up to £75.
·         Between 10:00 on 3rd November 2020 and 12:00 on the 9th November 2020 donations will be matched up to £5,000.

Churches would have to register first at a cost of £96.  If you are fundraising for a large capital project, this could be useful to boost donations from individual donors.

Find out more about Local Giving’s Million Match 

Fundraising Webinar from Ecclesiastical

Top tips to continue fundraising for your church during COVID-19 and beyond

Ecclesicatical Insurance Group has recorded a church fundraising webinar including lots of tips and advice for churches.

COVID Relief grant funders

Funds relevant to churches that want to deliver activities which have been highlighted or exacerbated by COVID 19.

Postcode Dream Trust: Postcode Recovery Fund

Deadline: 30 October 2020, 5.30 pm

Power to Change: Community Business Renewal Fund

Grants of between £10,000 – £20,000 to support your community business to adapt as a result of COVID, focusing on high levels of deprivation.

3 hour application window: 3 November 2020, 10.00 – 1.00 (further application windows on 12 January 2021 and 2 March 2021)

Community Business Renewal Fund

The Ireland Funds

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain and Ireland for projects in community development, peace and reconciliation, education, and arts and culture.

Deadline: 6 November 2020

CAF Resilience Fund

Deadline: 10 November 2020  £10,000 – £100,000

Targeted emergency grants for charitable organisations delivering services to vulnerable & disadvantaged groups in England who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Increasing Access Fund: Adapted Good Causes Grants

Grants for smaller charities working within the areas of community, environment and the arts to reinvent their face to face service delivery through means other than digital as a result of the impact of COVID-19.  Grants of up to £10,000 are available for adaption of services within smaller organisations, or up to £25,000 for the transformation of existing services.

Deadline: 16 November 2020

Wessex Water Recovery Fund

Up to £2,500.  Deadline: 4 December 2020

The Foyle Foundation: Small Grants Scheme

£1,000 – £10,000.  Apply any time.

Volant Trust: Covid-19 Response Fund

Deadline: 31 December 2020

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva has launched the next round of its Community Fund, offering funding of up to £50,000 to small charities, schools and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty, through community resilience or financial capability and inclusion.

Deadline: 19 January 2021

Quartet Community Foundation: Express Grants

Bristol, B&NES, N Somerset, S Gloucestershire.  £500 – £5,000.  Apply any time.

Allchurches Trust: Hope Beyond

Up to £50,000.  Apply any time.

Grants for Capital & Revenue Funding

Bath and West Community Energy Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 for local community projects in Bath and the surrounding area that reduce carbon emissions and/or tackle fuel poverty.  Deadline: 2 November 2020

Allchurches Trust: Roof Protection Scheme

A scheme providing roof alarms to help prevent metal theft from churches has been extended to the end of 2020.  The Allchurches Roof Protection Scheme will fund up to 50 per cent of an alarm system’s cost up to a maximum of £2,500.

Grants can be made either direct to individual churches or group schemes through dioceses and local historic churches trusts.  The Allchurches Trust is advising that churches apply via a group scheme if there is one local to their area, as some local schemes have other funds available which can be added to the Allchurches grant.

Allchurches Trust: Growing Lives

Churches and Christian charities can apply for grants of up to £25,000 for innovative, impactful projects that help young people to explore and grow in faith, get active, access training and work opportunities, develop life and leadership skills and feel less isolated.

Funding will also enable them to offer a lifeline to local families through running services and activities such as: homework clubs; holiday childcare; parent and toddler groups.  The programme will also help fund structural changes.  Running costs, salaries or one-off events will not be funded.  The amount of funding will range from 10% of project cost through to 80%.

Applications can be made for funding under the Growing Lives programme even if the organisation has received a grant from Allchurches Trust within the last two years.

Applications will close on: 30 October 2020, 12.00 pm

National Churches Trust: Foundation Grant

Churches across the UK can apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards the cost of urgent maintenance works and small repairs.  The programme can award grants towards urgent maintenance works and small investigative works costing up to £10,000 and will cover no more than 50% of costs.  Applications are accepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship.

Next application deadline: 30 October 2020

National Churches Trust/Wolfson Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation gives away grants of up to £10,000 to churches in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  These grants were previously awarded by ChurchCare, but are now being awarded by the National Churches Trust.  Eligible projects include: Roof repairs; Masonry repairs; Rainwater disposal and drainage; Floorwork.  Applications are made via the Gateway or Cornerstone grant application forms depending on the size of the repair project:-

·         For projects costing up to £100,000 apply via the Gateway Grant Programme.
·         For projects costing over £100,000 apply via the Cornerstone Grant Programme.

Next deadline for applications (Cornerstone): 2 November 2020
(Gateway deadlines for 2021 yet to be announced)

National Churches Trust: Cornerstone Grants

The Cornerstone Grant Programme supports the conservation and sustainable use of church buildings, focusing on larger and more complex projects.  Grants are offered towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT.  The Trust will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT.  Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are awarded to represent a maximum of 50% of the project cost.  Applications are accepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship.

Next application deadline: 2 November 2020

Veolia Environmental Trust Grants

Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 for constituted not for profit organisations and registered Environmental Bodies towards: Community buildings; Parks & paths, play, multi use games areas (MUGAs) & recreational facilities; Nature reserves; Biodiversity projects.  Your organisation needs to be within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site (see postcode checker on website); the project must have a total cost of under £250,000 (inc VAT & professional costs); you must have secured 10% of funding prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application.

Stage 1 deadline: 3 December 2020, 12.00 noon (for projects starting between 22 March & 23 June 2021).

The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects which support small, deprived communities in remote rural areas which have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.  Local charities and other legally-constituted not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for funding for projects which will create resilient rural communities across the UK, particularly those with an ageing population or with few working age people.  Projects which protect or boost community assets and enterprises, or otherwise strengthen the sense of community will be supported.  Funding can be used to cover revenue costs.

Deadline for applications: 3 November 2020, 12.00 pm, or earlier if a large number of eligible applications are received.

War Memorials Grant Scheme

Grants for repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England, normally between 25% and a maximum of 75% of eligible costs.  Maximum grant is £5,000 for non-freestanding war memorials and £30,000 for freestanding, non-beneficiary war memorials.

Deadline: 31 December 2020

Quartet Community Foundation & Monica Trust: North Somerset Older People’s Community Grant

The aim of the Community Fund is to keep people independent and living into their own community for as long as possible, by helping individuals and families to buy the essential things they need or supporting them through a crisis. The average grant award size is £5,000. Applicants must be based and working in North Somerset, for the benefit of older people, and the project should aim to reduce social isolation. Priority will be given to smaller groups with an average income less than £500,000. This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.

Thinking about giving as churches reopen

During lockdown and the closure of our buildings, many churches will have seen their income drop significantly. This is most commonly due to a combination of lack of cash-giving at services and the inability to generate income through usual events and activities that happen in and around our churches..

Increase support for your church through Easyfundraising

Easyfundraising is a really valuable tool that can help your church in two ways:

Online Donation Platform

A free platform for your church to receive donations from those supporting your church. Donors can use a debit/credit card to make a donation. (Transaction Fee of 1.4% + 20p).

Donors can make a gift aid declaration with their donation and details will be sent to your administrator so it can be included in your usual claim.

A handy button is provided for your website or social media pages to take people directly to your donation page.

Online Fundraising Service

Your supporters can raise free funds for your church when they shop online using easyfundraising.  These funds come in the form of a donation from retailers when supporters complete a transaction on their website.

A single supporter usually generates an average of £30 in retailer donations per year when they shop online (groceries, entertainment, furniture, insurance etc).

There are no costs or fees to use the fundraising service.

To create your free easyfundraising account please click here and enter your church’s details.

Step-By-Step guides are available on the diocesan website to take you through how to do this and also how to configure your account.  Click here to find out more.

How to raise funds for your church when you shop around for car and home insurance

If you stay up to date with the information we include on the diocesan website then you’ll already be aware of a new fundraising tool that we are recommending to all our parishes and their supporters – easyfundraising.

Easyfundraising is an online shopping tool that generates donations from online retailers for your chosen cause, every time you place an online order.  See more information on how it works.

Most retailers offer fairly small donations of between 0.5 – 3% of your order value; however, online insurers usually offer larger donations of between £10 –  £25 for each new policy.  So, if you shop around for insurance when it comes to renewal, then read on to see one example of how this has worked for a church in Bath & Wells . . .

“I raised £35 in 30 minutes for my local church through easyfundraising!”

Gary Watson, Giving & Funding Adviser for the diocese writes . . .

“I’m a great believer in practising what I preach, so I recently started out using easyfundraising to support my local parish church in Woolavington and discovered a really helpful way to raise significant donations for the church with very little effort!

“Both my wife and I needed to re-insure our cars in May so I headed off to a comparison website to see who’d be cheapest this year (it’s well known now that insurance companies do not reward their customers’ loyalty with reduced premiums so I always shop around when it comes to renewing our insurance).  Within 5 minutes I had a list of quotes to choose from so I headed to to see if my chosen provider offered a retailer donation.  It did, £17.50 actually, so I clicked the link to take me to their website and bought the policy.  Within 2 hours I had an email confirming my insurer had provided a donation of £17.50.

“Not only was I able to save money on my renewal premium, I was able to raise a decent donation for the church too.  I was so impressed, I did it all again for my wife’s car and raised another £17.50.  Altogether the process took me 30 minutes and raised £35 for St Mary’s!”

Obviously, it’s worth pointing out that not all insurers offer a donation of that size (or at all).  If your insurer doesn’t participate directly with easyfundraising, you can still generate a donation from a comparison website instead.  As an example, ‘GoCompare’ offer a donation of up to £15 for policies purchased through their website (other comparison websites are also available and as a diocese we are not endorsing any specific provider).

It is also useful to install the donation reminder tool from easyfundraising so that when you’re browsing online, a small notification appears when you visit a retailer’s website which offers a donation.  Simply click the button in the reminder and you’ll be eligible for any donation generated when you place an order.

Take a look at our webpage on Online Fundraising and Donations to find out more.

An Important Update on GASDS (Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme)

Following many enquiries from parishes around the country regarding the impact on income resulting from not being able to collect cash and contactless gifts during the lockdown,  HMRC has now confirmed that, where churches normally make use of the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme (GASDS) in relation to small gifts given in weekly envelopes, it is happy to accept Gift Aid claims for separate weekly envelopes containing £30 or less given when Church buildings re-open or multiple gifts given in one envelope with a declaration stating how much was donated each week and the relevant dates.

Certifying your church as an excepted charity

When applying for grant funding and setting up new online giving accounts, churches will often be asked to provide evidence of their charitable status (i.e. a registered charity number).  Most churches are “Excepted Charities” and are therefore not registered with the Charity Commission.  In order to provide such evidence churches can now download a PDF that includes their name, address and church code.  This PDF, which is an extract from the Church of England’s database of churches, can serve as a certificate for churches requiring proof of their charity status when making applications.  The certificate is available in the “More Information” section of your church’s page on A Church Near You.

As always, for any queries and support with Giving or Funding please contact Gary Watson

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