Is your project eligible?

Grants are offered to support Mission and Ministry (people) and Property (building) projects.

The strategic purpose of Connexional grants is to encourage new ideas in mission, the taking of risks, the development of capacity, leadership and infrastructure for mission. The CGC, on behalf of the Church, seeks to use limited funds for high quality exceptional projects at the cutting edge of mission that will influence or set an example to others. We invite you to apply for funding for innovative mission projects that break new ground.

You can read about other successful grant applications here Good News Stories. Particularly innovative projects that received funding during 2018/19 include:

  • Connect International, church plant in Stockport
  • The New Room heritage project, Bristol
  • One Rock International, ‘100 Dreams’, leadership development for evangelists
  • Who Is Your Neighbour?, Sheffield, community reconciliation project

General eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for Connexional grants, from 1/9/2019, are:

  • All applications must demonstrate a clear link to Our Calling, covering one or more areas but not necessarily all four.
  • All grant applications from Local Churches, Circuits and Districts should be related to the mission and development plans developed by them. Circuits and Districts must have mission plans before applying for grant funds. The need being dealt with by the project should be explicitly related to the mission plan.
  • Funding from local reserves, District Advance Funds and other wider sources should be used where possible. Applicants and their circuits and districts must make clear their commitment to, contributions and involvement in the project. Where Districts wish to indicate a priority, if there are several project applications from their area, this will be considered in the funding decision.
  • 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
  • Applications need to show missional significance. Missional significance should be demonstrated by reference to the list below, project applications should specifically refer to two more of the these points:
    • Impact: the work has measurable deliverables expressed in terms of the numbers of people reached or benefitting from the project.
    • New work: start-ups will take priority over the maintenance of existing projects.
    • Kingdom risks: priority for work that is truly bold, innovative and exciting.
    • Local commitment: some evidence of ‘sacrificial service’ and involvement of those promoting the project beyond purely local financial support.
    • Leverage: where funding from us will unlock other resources.
    • Scalability: projects from which others can learn or which can be replicated elsewhere. Projects which speak to the wider world.
    • Cooperation: Potential to involve several Districts or other players.
  • Applications should include a viability plan that explains the intended long term support and funding for the project beyond the timescale of the grant being applied for. At the end of the grant period, if further funds are required the CGC may look at a further request for support, subject to the availability of funds and the normal evaluation process.
  • Any application for the continuation of existing work must include a formal evaluation of the previous allocation of resources (financial and human), impact, successes, lessons learnt and the reasons for any changes.
  • Grants are not available for research projects.
  • Applications from non-Methodist organisations, where Methodists have an equal partnership and involvement in the programme, may be considered. Such applications should normally be submitted by the Methodist Church component of the partnership. Additional criteria apply.

Monitoring and evaluation template (Word doc)

Assessment Criteria

The CGC assesses all Mission and Ministry applications against the following criteria, which all need to be addressed:

  • There is a clearly identified missional need for the project.
  • There are clearly identified outcomes that address this need.
  • It is well-planned, and has a realistic budget.
  • There is capacity to carry out the project successfully.
  • There is a clear management and oversight structure.
  • Environmental aspects of the project have been addressed, you can refer to this Green Checklist from A Rocha.
  • It is clear how the project is time limited or the applicant has a plan for attracting further sources of funding within five years.
  • 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
  • Applicants agree to abide by Connexional Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Safeguarding, Employment and other relevant policies, of the Methodist Church.

Please take note of the stationing timetable when submitting grant applications for deacon/presbyter appointments.

Further information on specific grant types can be found below. If your application does not require this additional information then you can go straight to this page which contains the application form.

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