Finance related advice
This page was last updated at 11:30 on Wednesday 01 July
(The * denotes a link to an external organisation. Please note that the London District is not responsible for the content of external websites.)
*Protective Security Funding - Grants for places of worship vulnerable to hate crime
Places of worship and associated faith community centres are able to apply for government funding for security measures if their premises are vulnerable to hate crime. Applicants can submit bids for up to 3 protective security measures. Submissions must be in by 23:59 on Sunday 09 August. Click here for more information.
A comprehensive list of grants and funding from bodies/organisations such as the European Union, UK Government Agencies, the Lottery and Grant Making Trusts & Foundations can be found on Grants Online. Information on the many schemes that are in operation can be found here.
*National Lottery Covid-19 Fund
'The National Lottery Covid-19 fund is welcoming applications from small and medium organisations to support their emergency response. The funds can cover salaries, activities, running costs associated with supporting people affected by Covid-19. Organisations are encouraged to apply as soon as they can as applications are already being processed. You can only apply for funds that will be spent in 6 months.
This fund is resourced entirely from government and has no connection to lottery ticket sales. Groups who have avoided applying to the lottery because of the connection to gambling can be confident that the grant is entirely government money that the Lottery are distributing. This opens it up to any faith groups who don’t want to take gambling money.' Apply here.
Historic England: Emergency Heritage at Risk Grant
A new Emergency Heritage at Risk Grant (up to £25,000) has been made available by Historic England. The funds can be used to 'address problems such as damaged roofs, masonary and windows' amongst others. Further details on the fund can be found here. Please note that expressions of interest must be submitted by Sunday 28 June and full applications must be submitted by Monday 31 August.
Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme
The Connexional Team have been liaising with the Charity Finance Group and the Churches Legislation Advisory Service who have been lobbying HMRC concerning the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme. Whilst the rules have not changed, HMRC have provided a helpful interpretation of the guidance that will assist many treasurers and gift aid secretaries. The HMRC response is as follows:
“In respect of GASDS, guidance on the eligibility for donations for inclusion in this scheme is clear in stating that claims can only be made on cash donations of £30 or less; and contactless card donations of £30 or less collected on or after 6 April 2019. The decision over what constitutes an eligible donation is one for the church/charity to make for themselves, rather than for HMRC, but the conditions for something to be considered a ‘small donation’ are clearly set out in legislation. Where it is the case, for example, of separate donations being given in a single envelope, then if the church/charity official is happy these are clearly separate ‘small donations’ (and clearly stated as such) then they will be eligible for GASDS, as is the case where separate envelopes are used”.
Emergency Heritage Funding
Heritage Emergency Fund: offers short-term funding (grants between £3,000 - £50,000) to support the immediate actions needed to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risk. Visit the website for more information. Application deadline is Tuesday 30 June.
Heritage Alliance: provides two 'hubs': the Guidance Hub and the Funding Hub. The first containing up-to-date information on the coronavirus and it's impact on heritage and the second containing potential funding opportunities. Both documents are continuously updated, and churches are invited to access these resources to locate information that may be of relevance.
Churches and circuits may wish to consider applying to CAF bank for emergency funds to allow them to continue to deliver much needed support to their communities across the UK. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. There are strict criteria about what can and cannot be funded. All the information can be found on the CAF website.