Synod Grants

Overview

The Synod’s emphasis is to provide grants rather than low interest loans from the income of the Church Life and Mission fund.  Grants are made for any purpose which maintains or strengthens the witness of the Church. The Synod will wish to share in the vision of the local church and its partnerships with the local community including other churches. Churches should give a clear indication of where they hope to be in 10 – 15 years time. Account is taken of the Mission of the United Reformed Church, the practical criteria arising from these three points including the Five Marks of Mission, whilst retaining sufficient flexibility to recognise special situations of local leadership and to override agreed criteria.

The Resources Committee has confirmed that it accepts Synod grant applications at the rate of 10% of project cost, reduced proportionately for ecumenical projects, but at its discretion can amend this in regard to special circumstances.  Depending upon the total funds available, the committee may need to limit grants for any projects which exceed £250,000 in total (£25,000 maximum grant).

In considering applications for grants the Synod will take account of local churches’ investments. Grants are not made for routine property maintenance.

Application Submission Date for both Trustees and Resources Meetings is three weeks before the Resources meeting - meeting dates are available on all Council and Committees pages (see tab above)

 

GRANTS

RATE

MIN

MAX

A

Property

10%

£500

 £25000

B

Personnel

10%

£500

 £25000

C

Project Facelift Survey

50%

-

D

Project Facelift

 50%

 £12000

E

 Quinquinnial Survey

50%

-

F

 Project Heritage

50%

-

£25000

G

Disabled CBF

50%

 £1000

£5000

H

Feasibility Study CBF

50%

-

£1000

A) PROPERTY GRANTS

All applications concerning building works need to provide evidence of obtaining, at least, three competitive quotations.  The standard of building quality should be appropriate for a church and a building used by the public, should reflect current good practice with regard to energy saving and environmental issues, but should not be excessively elaborate.  Grants will only be approved when the financial viability of a Project has been established and will only be paid when the progress of the project requires it.

Each applicant church will be expected to provide:‑

  • a fully completed Synod Grants and Loans Application Form;
  • a clear mission statement;
  • a project which clearly fits with the Churches priorities from Vision 2020;
  • a contribution of at least 10% of each church-based project;
  • evidence of an honest appraisal of its situation within the local community in which it is placed;
  • a completed Synod buildings self-appraisal questionnaire;
  • evidence of a full exploration of the opportunities for ecumenical co operation;
  • confirmation of a thorough investigation of other sources of finance;
  • a history of acting responsibly in making provision for routine maintenance;
  • a history of meeting M&M Contributions.

Support from the Property Officer and Training Development Officer for building applications;

See Link below to Synod Grants & Loans Application Form.

B) GRANTS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WORK

Each applicant church will be expected to provide:‑

  • a clear mission statement
  • a project aligned with the five marks of mission;
  • a contribution of at least 10% of each church-based project;
  • evidence of an honest appraisal of its situation within the local community in which it is placed;
  • evidence of a full exploration of the opportunities for ecumenical co operation;
  • confirmation of a thorough investigation of other sources of finance;
  • a history of acting responsibly in making provision for routine maintenance;

Grants for the support of people are normally made for a period not exceeding five years

Support from the Youth & Children Work Officer is necessary

Children's & Youth Grant Application Forms

C) SURVEY FOR PROJECT FACELIFT

A grant of 50% of the cost of a full survey, up to a maximum grant of £300. This grant is available upon presentation of professional survey report to the Property Officer. The report shall cover all of the properties of the Church and shall be in the format of the Synod Building Report Form.

D) PROJECT FACELIFT

This grant aid was established by the Synod in 1990 to encourage churches to obtain periodic property survey reports and to act upon the surveyor's recommendations.  Limited funding is provided from the Church Life and Mission fund income which enables the Synod to offer this grant.

A grant of up to 50% of the cost of the works identified in the survey report(s), up to a maximum grant of £12,000 and payable on completion of the works.  The cost of the works include professional fees and VAT. Grants are not available for routine maintenance.

The same information to be provided for the Project Facelift Application as for any Synod Grant although items  d, e and f above are not required.

See Link below to Synod Grants & Loans Application Form.

E) QUINQUENNIAL SURVEYS OF LISTED BUILDINGS

The rules for these are set out in Project Heritage but with no limit on maximum grant for the survey.

F) PROJECT HERITAGE

Project Heritage was established by the Synod in 2011 recognising the need to preserve our built heritage in a context of mission outreach to the communities we serve.Heritage grant shall be made available, in a similar manner to, but in place of, Project Facelift but specifically for conservation or repair of Listed Places of Worship. The basis of Project Heritage is a Quinquennial Survey. The works identified by the Surveyor will all need to be addressed

  1. A grant of 50% of the cost of a full survey (Quinquennial), is available upon presentation of a professional Quinquennial Survey report, to the Synod Resources Officer. The report shall cover all of the properties of the Church and shall be in the format of the Synod Building Report Form (electronic copy is available).
  2. A grant of up to 50% of the cost of the works for conservation or repair identified in the survey report(s), up to a maximum grant of £25,000, is payable on completion of the works.The cost of the works including professional fees and VAT may attract this grant.

Download: Project Heritage Grants Information

G) DISABLED FACILITIES GRANTS CBF

Grants may be available to churches that wish to provide facilities for the disabled.  Grants for disabled facilities will be limited to 50% of the cost and will be subject to a maximum grant of £5,000.  Where the disabled facilities form part of a larger scheme, these costs will need to be identified separately.  No work on the provision of such facilities should commence until the grant has been approved.  Grants will not be payable where the facilities provided cost less than £1,000, nor are they payable for VAT.

See Link below to Synod Grants & Loans Application Form.

H) FEASIBILITY STUDY GRANTS CBF

Grants may be available to churches that wish to employ professional consultants to prepare a Feasibility Study of the present and future use of their sites and premises.  The Brief for such a consultant must first be approved by the Property Officer.  Such grants will be limited to 50% of the cost of the study and be subject to a maximum grant of £1,000.  The Feasibility Study must not commence until the grant has been approved.  Grants will only be considered where there is a clearly identified mission opportunity.

See Link below to Synod Grants & Loans Application Form.

Download: Synod Grants & Loans Application Form (word)

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