Application For Funding

The Fund
The Diocesan Development Fund is an initiative of the Diocesan Council established in 2019. It provides a structured process that provides equal opportunities for ministry units and mission ventures to apply for funds for development projects. The process enables the Diocesan Council to make strategic development decisions that benefit local communities as well as the whole diocese.

The Fund is a limited resource predominantly made up of invested surpluses and proceeds from the sale of property.

The Projects
Ministry units and mission ventures can apply for funds for new developments that are closely connected to the local mission and ministry strategies and align with the wider vision of the diocese.

Projects should reflect one or more dimensions of the Healthy Church Model: Knowing God, Growing in Christ, Shaping community, and Living beyond ourselves (see the link under Additional Information). Projects will also reach new people, new locations or new generations; employ innovative methods of mission and ministry; or develop leaders.

Applicants need to provide suitable leaders and personnel to manage and deliver their project, along with financial resources and a plan for future sustainability.

Application Process
Applications are received and reviewed by the Diocesan Development Fund Advisory Group, who make recommendations to Diocesan Council.

  Members of the Advisory Group are available to discuss your application and
  answer any questions you may have prior to applying. Please feel free to contact
  them; current members are:

           Archdeacon Carole Hughes:
           Archdeacon Michael Berry:
           Diocesan Council Member, Sue Lewis-O’Halloran:
           Diocesan Council Member, David Howe:
           Diocesan Manager, Sonia Maugham:

There are two rounds each year and generally three months from the time the round opens to the time applications are due, however applications can be received any time.  Annual round dates may vary depending on the amount of work generated via applications received, and external factors that may impinge on the Advisory Group’s work. As part of the review process, the Group may visit your site to either see first-hand or discuss in more detail, the vision of the project.

Applications are to be submitted using the application form either manually sent to: or online (using SurveyMonkey application form provided). For applications to be considered they must be received by the due date (last day of the round).

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision and all correspondence regarding decisions must be directed to the Diocesan Manager.

Successful applicants will need to report on the progress of their project, which will be monitored by the Advisory Group.
Application Eligibility
The eligibility of your application will be measured and tested against several criteria. Below are the eligibility for applications covered by the Diocesan Development Fund Policy. For the full policy refer to the next section (Additional Information).

1.       Application Eligibility
         1.1.     Nature of Project
                   1.1.1.     The project shall:
                               a)       Reach new people, new locations and/or new generations; or
                               b)       Employ innovative methods of mission and ministry; or
                               c)       Develop leaders.
                  1.1.2.     The project shall:
                               a)       Align with the Funding Applicant’s overall mission and ministry strategy/plan;
                               b)       Align with the wider Diocesan mission and ministry vision.
         1.2.     Project Delivery
                    1.2.1.     The Funding Applicant shall provide:
                               a)       Suitable leadership;
                               b)       Financial resources - ideally 50% of the project budget;
                               c)       Personnel resources to manage and deliver the project; and
                               d)       A plan mapping out the future sustainability of the project. Funds may be made
                                          available for multi-year projects however after 3 years only 50% of costs would
                                          be funded.