There are a wide variety of external funding sources that can be used to support the churches work and ministry.
Although some of these are specifically set up to support and further Christian mission, many are from secular sources who share our objectives with respect to looking after important heritage assets and improving and enriching peoples lives.
Many funding sources are oversubscribed and success will often depend on the quality of the application you send. Time spent in researching suitable funders and preparing a good application will always be worthwhile.
Although Diocesan staff cannot write applications on your behalf, the Parish Finance and Resources Advisor is able to advise on which sources of funding may be best suited to your project. Diocesan staff are also happy to look over completed applications prior to them being submitted.
A large number of Funding Guides can be found at www.parishresources.org.uk/funding.htm
They represent a comprehensive guide to every aspect of developing and submitting external funding applications and have been devloped with our Diocese's involvement as part of the national good practice group.
You may also wish to review the Funding Central website. This is a free webiste for the voluntary and community sector (if your income is under £100,000) which has a searchable database of over 2,500 different grant making trusts. This can be found at: http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk/default.aspx