All Property Grant applications must be submitted via the Property Consents website. If you are not familiar with Consents you can access guidance here. If you are not registered as a Consents user find out more here: Registering as a New User.
Submission of Grant Applications
Please ensure that the information provided in any grant application addresses the criteria below. You may find this document useful when completing the online form. An example of a Management Business Plan can be downloaded here.
Environmental impact - The Connexional Grants Committee expect you to have considered how the project relates to the 'Hope in God's future' 2010 Conference report. Therefore you need to explain what steps you have taken to minimise the carbon footprint of your project. This field also enables you to confirm that any appointed professionals will adhere to the relevant criteria for efficient energy use and sustainability. They may well have specific documents in their plans which show this, therefore please upload and refer to them. It is expected that projects will use professionals who will comply with all of the relevant criteria for efficient energy use and sustainability. Professionals will be aware of the standards set, but if you require background information, these are detailed in Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/approveddocuments/partl/ the CIBSE standards, BREEAM (www.breeam.org), BSRIA (www.bsria.co.uk/)
Applications will only be considered for projects relating to property owned locally (by the Circuit or District - grants are not available for connexionally owned property). Applications will only be considered once they have received District Support (this is done on the Grants tab on the Consents system, in the District Support box). This is not the same as formal consent, but the support of the district must be indicated on the application. Applications will not be considered if the project has already started, this is common to all Connexional funding streams and virtually all charitable funders.
Conservation - If your project is Listed or in a Conservation Area it will need Conservation Authorisation to be in place before a the committee can consider your application. You can view the Connexional Conservation pages here.
Grants for repairs or maintenance are not available at Connexional level. Instead churches should seek to maintain their property through local, circuit, district or external funding. Repair grants are available from the National Churches Trust.
The maximum grant is £200,000 (grants expire 3 years after funding has been confirmed). The CGC will normally only give a grant of up to a third of the value of the project.
In deciding whether to award the grant, the amount of uncommitted funds held by the church, circuit or district in which the proposed project is to take place is taken into consideration, but all applications will be assessed by the CGC against the criteria below.
Successful applications will need to meet all of the following criteria, and will need to include a convincing project plan with a robust fundraising strategy.
- Projects are new builds or significant alterations and/or refurbishments.
- Where there are significant alterations and/or refurbishments, projects will put the fabric and structure of the building into a good state of repair.
- Projects will address all of the relevant criteria for efficient energy use and sustainability, as detailed in the CIBSE standards, including high performance insulation, as well as addressing pre-existing issues, reduction of incoming mains power, ensuring use of energy efficient heating and lighting, installation of solar panels.
- Projects will at least conform to the requirements of the Equality Act as it applies to disability access, and all other relevant buildings regulations.
- Projects contain multi-use, flexible spaces (ie buildings which allow people to use sanctuary space throughout the week for a range of activities singly or at the same time, in addition to fulfilling the requirements as a place for worship), and will obtain the necessary energy performance certificates so that they can be let out or used in this way.
- Projects will provide space for either a congregation which is growing or for several congregations (or fellowships) to share.
If you are not sure whether your project meets the criteria, ask your District Grants Officer or Property Secretary, or contact the Connexional Grants Team.
The Methodist Church's electronic property publication can be accessed here Property Matters.
Repair grants are available from the National Churches Trust.