7 May 2020: During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we will be regularly updating a new page Giving and Fundraising Latest with details of funding opportunities for churches. Please also keep an eye on the latest news on the Practical Matters page in the Coronavirus section. You may also wish to download the ‘Changing the way we give’ guidance below.
Giving and Funding news
For treasurers, planned giving promoters, Gift Aid officers, clergy and others. Download the most recent newsletter plus past issues below.
Gift Aid & GASDS
2020 update: HMRC has confirmed that, where churches normally make use of the Gift Aid Small Donations 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.
The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme enables churches to claim under either the main top-up amount (for single church parishes) or under the community buildings amount for each church (for parishes with more than one church). The threshold is £8,000 of eligible donations per year.
With effect from 6 April 2019, donations of up to and including £30 (up from £20 prior to this date) can be claimed under the GASDS, which brings it in line with the maximum Contactless amount, so all Contactless donations can be included from this date. Note that any donations made using Chip and Pin up to £30 and over are not eligible for GASDS but can be included in Gift Aid if eligible.
Churches and charities are strongly encouraged to use full forenames on Gift Aid Declarations, because HMRC is looking to see an improvement in the number of claims including full forenames to help with their eligibility checks.
A revised Gift Aid Guide may be downloaded from our Gift Aid page.
Giving by Card & Contactless
As many people no longer carry cash, the national church has been exploring ways for churches to offer card/contactless. A number of devices are available through Parish Buying at discounted rates, which you can view if you register with Parish Buying. Contactless/card giving does not replace regular donations by Standing Order or regular envelopes. It is an additional option for one-off gifts, visitors, wedding guests, etc, as well as marriage banns, hall hire fees, etc. Cash giving typically stays level but churches receive additional gifts. A guide to some of the card readers available with guidance for parishes, plus a price comparison document, are downloadable below.
Giving study sheets
A series of sheets suitable for home groups to prompt discussion around giving may be found on our Talks, sermons and study sheets page.
Download the most recent funding bulletin below for news on current grant fundraising sources to help with church buildings, work with communities, young people or older people, support for schools, overseas development.
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Honorary Stewardship Advisers
We are looking for volunteers to join our team of Honorary Stewardship Advisers to work with parishes to help them encourage generous giving to our churches. An outline of the role description is downloadable from the bottom of this page. Contact us to find out more.