Funding for Churches and Christian Charities to Respond to Coronavirus Crisis
Churches, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies, and Christian charities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland can now apply for funding to meet changing needs within their communities as the longer-term impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis becomes clearer. Grants of up to £50,000 are available, however, organisations cannot apply for a specific grant amount and instead are asked to provide information on the project and a budget. Successful applicants will then receive a grant covering between 10% and 80% of the costs, depending on the overall cost of the project and the level of need in their community.
- Projects in the following three areas will receive funding:
- Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed. This could include enabling improved accessibility to buildings/activities and measures to ensure buildings are coronavirus/COVID-19 safe.
- Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, including the provision of mental health and wellbeing support groups and 1:1 counselling for people of all ages (including clergy).
- Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience, particularly increasing digital capacity and provision, and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support.
The grants can cover capital costs, such as adaptation of buildings and the purchase of equipment, as well as project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers, hire of buildings and/or equipment, and promotion and marketing of new activities. For more information, and to apply, click here.