Missional Property Fund

Spring 2020 Update

Applications to the fund are currently on hold.

Applications to the Missional Property Fund are being put on hold for a while. Our external funding partner, Marshalls Charity, have let us know that they are pausing their grant-making activity as the current circumstances have made their financial situation uncertain. Any grants already agreed (eg in 2018 and 2019) will be honoured. Applications already received for the 2020 funding will be kept safe until they are able to be considered. Marshalls Charity trustees will review the situation in July, and we will let parishes know what is happening after that.

Background

The Missional Property Fund has been established with a primary aim to support projects which allow parishes to open up church buildings for mission. The Fund has been made possible by generous support from Marshalls Charity, match funded by the Diocese of Rochester by funds from restricted funds.

This new approach to the allocation of grants from Marshall’s Charity is driven by their stated aim to increase the impact of the Charity’s grants, specifically to ‘support projects where the building works will benefit the mission and ministry of the church’.

Please see examples of reordering case studies from Rochester and Canterbury dioceses here

This approach is a two-year trial of the new process, but if successful will be adopted for longer.

This approach has been developed following feedback offered as part of the Our Conversation; Our Future engagement in 2016/17. Many church responses to the question ‘What do you currently spend your energy and resources on’ included maintenance, keeping the church building going, and the perceived burden of near-constant fundraising.

In addition, when responses were of a ‘missional’ lean, mention of the restrictions of their current property situation were mentioned. This included a lack of toilets and kitchen facilities, and the layout and function of buildings. From this it is possible to conclude that, in a number of parishes across the Diocese, the property is hindering rather than supporting the mission of the Church. The Missional Property Fund hopes to offer support in this area, increase the funds available, and provide a transparent process for application and allocation.

The Grants

Each financial year the Missional Property Fund will make five grants of up to £20,000, and one grant of £15,000 to repair or improve church buildings, where this will enable the mission plans for the area.

What do you give money towards?

Grants are given towards the repair or improvement of church buildings.  Grants have been given in the past for:

  • roof repairs
  • tower repairs
  • stonework
  • church floors
  • new heating and lighting*
  • new toilets
  • adaptations for disabled access
  • reordering including kitchen facilities, as long as they are within the footprint of the church
  • sound systems
  • rewiring
  • mullions (not glazing)

* The Trustees would like to encourage churches to consider installing heating systems based on renewable technologies (e.g. air source heat pumps) or micro generation of electricity.  An application for such a system is likely to be considered for the maximum possible grant. 

Is there anything you do not fund?

We do not give grants for:

  • professional fees
  • works outside the footprint of the church, including:
    • church halls
    • external meeting rooms and facilities
    • church grounds
    • boundary walls and fences
  • redecoration including re-gilding
  • bells
  • organs
  • clocks
  • monuments
  • brasses
  • stained glass 

The Application Process Spring 2020

Applications to the fund are currently on hold.

Applications to the Missional Property Fund are being put on hold for a while. Our external funding partner, Marshalls Charity, have let us know that they are pausing their grant-making activity as the current circumstances have made their financial situation uncertain. Any grants already agreed (eg in 2018 and 2019) will be honoured. Applications already received for the 2020 funding will be kept safe until they are able to be considered. Marshalls Charity trustees will review the situation in July, and we will let parishes know what is happening after that.




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