New Sources of Funding

HLF: Resilient Heritage Programme

On 28th July, the Heritage Lottery Fund launched a new £8million annual investment programme to help organisations and partnerships build their resilience.

The programme will fund a range of tailored activity specifically designed to help your church improve the way it manages heritage in the long term. This could include acquiring new skills or knowledge to help build fundraising capacity, explore new income streams, reduce negative environmental impacts or create new partnerships.

Details on how to apply can be found by clicking here  

Peoples Postcode Dream Fund

The People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund has now opened for applications and is encouraging charities and community groups across Great Britain to work together and apply to finance their dream project.

One of its funding themes for 2017 is ‘engaging people with arts, culture and heritage.’

To qualify for funding, at least two complementary organisations must work in partnership to deliver their project. Funding from the scheme will be offered over two years from 2017, and the lead partner’s annual income must be at least three times the amount applied for.

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National Churches Trust: Project Viability Grants

The Project Viability and Project Development grant programme offers awards of between £3,000 and £10,000 to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, by testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability, and through development of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund or other large church heritage funders.

Please note that this is a limited pilot programme. The deadline will be 12th September 2016.

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Changes to the Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) allows Landfill Operators to contribute a portion of their landfill tax liability to community and environmental organisations to ‘offset’ some of the negative impacts of living in the vicinity of a landfill site.

Where a church building is an accessible space available to the whole community, the enhancement of its use – or the conservation of its fabric – may well fall within the grant criteria of the schemes.

PLEASE NOTE: Your church needs to be within a certain radius of a landfill site, and each operator has an ‘eligibility postcode checker’ on their website.

Less funding is now available (less waste is going to landfill and therefore the percentage of tax going towards the funds is decreasing) and many providers have changed their criteria since the beginning of the year.

Some of these changes include:

  • Proximity to a landfill site
  • Amount of funding
  • Application method
  • Project Timeframe and Application Deadlines

If you are planning on applying to the Landfill Communities Fund, please check your providers website for further information and to check for any changes made to the scheme which may impact your project.

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