- Who can apply?
Grants aim to support the mission and ministry of the Methodist Church at local church, circuit and district level, while also recognising that there are many organisations who can work in partnership with the Church in order to do this.
Therefore applications are accepted from a wide range of organisations. Our focus is on ensuring that projects and programmes of work are focused on Our Calling.
Individuals and informal groups, however, are not eligible for connexional grant funding. Property grants are only available for Methodist projects.
- Do you only fund Methodists?
The Connexional Grants Committee aims to support the mission and ministry of the Methodist Church at local church, circuit and district level, while recognising that there are many organisations who can work in partnership with the Church in order to do this.
See the [Partnership] section for applications where there is a partnership with a non-Methodist organisation.
Our focus is on ensuring that projects and programmes of work are focused on Our Calling. Individuals and informal groups, however, are not eligible for connexional grant funding. Property grants are only available for Methodist buildings (not manses).
- When should I apply?
There are two deadlines per year for grant applications.
These are usually the first week of October and the first week of March.
- Is match funding necessary?
The grants assessors always like to see a good funding package in grant applications with an eye on sustainable funding both during and after the project.
If you are applying for a MAPJ grant then the grant is limited to 50% of project costs.
If you are applying for a Chaplaincy grant then at least one third of the costs need to be covered by the applicant.
- What is the maximum that can be applied for?
For Property grants the maximum grant is £200,000 for other grant streams there is no maximum, though MAPJ is limited to 50% of project costs (and is also usually not more than £50,000) and Chaplaincy is limited to two-thirds.
- Can an application be made after a project has started?
No. We will not normally fund work that has already started.
If you have an ongoing project (especially a property project), you may be able to take a phased approach to your work and make an application for a specific stage of the overall project.
Do make sure when applying that your project does not have a start date that is before the estimated date for receiving funding.
- How many years of grant funding can be applied for?
You can apply for up to five years of funding for Mission and Ministry projects (these are connexional years running from 1 September to 31 August).
Property grants, which are given on a draw-down basis, expire after three years.
- Can organisations which are not 'missional' apply for funding?
Grant applications need to focus on the mission of the Methodist Church which is described in Our Calling.
Mission in its widest sense includes advocacy, a concern for the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable, social justice and environmental impact, as well as enabling people to articulate their faith and give faith a voice in the public space.
- Is funding available for inter faith projects?
Yes. The Methodist Church is committed to building good relations with people of other faiths.
- What kind of Property projects will be funded?
Grant funding is only available for projects which are new builds or significant alterations and/or refurbishments.
Grants for repairs or maintenance are not available at Connexional level. Instead churches should seek to maintain their property through local, circuit or district funding.
- Is funding available for shared properties used by Local Ecumenical Projects (LEPs)?
A proposed property project application relating to a shared property used by an LEP will need to get advice and the approval of the Connexional Ecumenical Officer prior to an application for funding being submitted to the CGC for consideration.
Tel: 020 7467 3520
- Does the Methodist Church fund research projects?
No, we do not fund any research work.
- What are the implications of "stationing" for our project?
If your project includes the appointment of a presbyter or deacon then you must have finance in place before seeking an appointment.
You cannot begin the stationing process if the appointment is dependent on funds which you have not yet received.
- Can applications for 100% funding be submitted?
For some projects 100% funding is specifically not available, see Is match funding necessary? (above).
If no other funding source is available then a good quality application for a high impact project could potentially be awarded full funding.
However, Property grants are usually limited to one third of total project costs.
- Do all the questions on the application form need to be answered?
Yes - please complete all questions on the form and give us as much relevant evidence as possible.
This will enable the Connexional Grant Committee’s assessors to make informed and accurate decisions. Every applicant will need to answer each question with varying amounts of information. Use your common sense in deciding how much you think the CGC will want to know.
If you can't think of anything to write in response to a question, it may be worth spending a little time on this area of your preparation before submitting your application.
- Can I get help with the application form?
The Connexional Grants team is available to support any applicant with their application. We are always willing to discuss initial ideas or draft applications and offer tips for submitting an application that is suitable for full review by our independent assessors.
Outline applications or queries may be emailed to us for initial review. You can also explore your project idea with your District Property Secretary or Grants Officer.
Contact the team at email@example.com
Tel 020 7467 5178
- How do I increase my chances of a successful application?
It is essential to answer all the questions on the form and provide all of the requested application. We recommend that applicants get in touch with the Grants team for any advice, information or support prior to submitting an application (this should include planning your project timetable to take account of submission deadlines and grant committee meetings).
We also encourage applicants to submit a draft or outline application so that the Grants team can offer feedback on whether the eligibility criteria are being addressed and whether there is likely to be sufficient information for the assessors to properly review your application.
Two important elements of a successful application are: a clear statement of the missional aspects of the project and the applicant indicating that they have sufficient available resources to deliver the project, making clear who will be doing the work. Our assessors will naturally be concerned if there are only a few members in your church, if it is a church application, with low levels of giving.
Contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel 020 7467 5178
- How can non-financial support be shown on application forms?
Applicants may miss out on some scoring elements because they have not included details of non-financial support.
Your application may be strengthened if you can show that although there is no (or limited) local financial support there are significant contributions 'in kind'.
'In kind' contributions could include: access to church premises and facilities (eg printing and photocopying), website hosting, office space, volunteers, support from local minister or Superintendent and partner contributions which are not being reimbursed.
- What policies are applicants expected to comply with?
All projects must fit with Our Calling.
In addition, as appropriate, projects should have policies in place which cover Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Safeguarding and Employment.
- Can repeat applications be made?
An organisation may apply for repeat funding if it has already been funded by the Methodist Church.
We would expect to see that the project has been fully reviewed upon completion and that lessons have been learned. A full report on the use of funds received previously should be included with a repeat application, which should also address the ongoing sustainability of the project.
- What happens to my application once submitted to the Connexional Grants Team?
The Connexional Grants Team will scrutinise your application to see if it meets the eligibility criteria and may contact you to seek clarification and suggest improvements.
They will also seek input from relevant members of the Connexional Team regarding your application and the project or programme of work envisaged. This input will be provided to the Connexional Grants Committee (CGC) alongside your application.
Members of the CGC are appointed by Council and are selected based on their experience in different areas of church work and in grant assessment. Members of the Connexional Team cannot serve on the CGC and have no control over the allocation of connexional grants.
The CGC is made up of streams which have expertise in particular areas of church work. Streams are authorised to approve or decline grants of up to £100,000.
If an application is for more than £100,000 (£150,000 for property projects) it will need to be assessed by the full CGC.
- How long does it take to process a grant application?
The assessment process is usually complete within three months of the application deadline (The application deadlines are twice-yearly - usually the first week of October and the first week of March).
You will hear within seven working days of the assessors' decision whether your application has been successful.
- What happens if my application is unsuccessful?
Unsuccessful applicants are notified within seven working days of the grant assessors making a decision.
We give feedback to all applicants if their application is rejected, this will include specific areas which could be improved. We may invite applicants to resubmit a revised application with additional information, or with answers that more closely fit the eligibility criteria.