Grant applications are submitted via Property Consents, but to ensure that the Grants team is aware of your application please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Guidance on using the property Consents website can be found here. To register as a new Consents user: Registering as a New User.
Environmental impact – The Methodist Church is committed to caring for the environment, as set out in 'Hope in God's future' . The CGC encourages you to consider the Eco Church survey from A Rocha. A Rocha, funded by a Connexional grant, are seeking to sign up Methodist churches.
On your application you can confirm that any appointed professionals will adhere to the relevant criteria for efficient energy use and sustainability. If they have specific documents in their plans which show this, 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 the Building regulations (Conservation of fuel and power: Approved Document L), the CIBSE standards, BREEAM (www.breeam.org), and BSRIA (www.bsria.co.uk/).
You may find this document useful when completing the online form.
An example of a Management Business Plan (to be uploaded to your grant application) can be downloaded here.
Additional eligibility criteria for Property grants (remember that all applications must also fulfil the General eligibility criteria)
- Projects must be for new builds or significant alterations and/or refurbishments.
- Projects should 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).
- Projects will provide space for either a congregation that is growing or for several congregations (or fellowships) to share.
- The maximum grant, in exceptional circumstances, is £200,000, the minimum grant that can be applied for is £50,000. The CGC will normally only give a grant of up to a third of the value of the project.
- Applications for property grants should also be linked to a circuit/district property development strategy as required by the Connexional Property Strategy (MC/18/74).
- 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 final consent, but the support of the district must be indicated on the application.
- 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 and will obtain the necessary energy performance certificates so that they can be let out or used in this way
- Projects will conform to the requirements of the Equality Actas it applies to disability access, and all other relevant buildings regulations.
- If the project is an LEP please see additional information here.
- Applications will not be considered if the project has already started,
- If the property is Listed or in a Conservation Area it will need Conservation Authorisation to be in place before the committee can consider the application. You can view the Connexional Conservation pages here.
- Environmental impact; the CGC expects you to consider how the work relates to 'Hope in God's future', including the steps you have taken to minimise your project's carbon footprint.
- Only completed applications (i.e. those with a completed 'District Support' box on the Grants tab, and Conservation Authorisation, where appropriate) will be accepted as meeting this deadline.
- Successful applications need to include a convincing project plan with a robust fundraising strategy. An example of a project management plan can be downloaded here.
- Grants must be drawn down in full within 3 years of funding being confirmed.
- Grants for repairs or maintenance are not available. Churches should seek to maintain their property through local, circuit, district or external funding support. Repair grants are available from the National Churches Trust.