Church & Communities
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Church & Communites Programme
People thrive when communities thrive


We aim to support churches, other faith and community-based organisations that strengthen communities and families.  The work seeks to build positive and inclusive relationships between people, increase a sense of belonging and reduce isolation.

Funding Priorities

We want to support organisations that deliver in one of the following priority areas:

Build Stronger Communities

  • in the most disadvantaged areas where communities come together to address what is important to them
  • community responses to support people who are refugees or homeless

Deliver Better Outcomes for Families and Carers

  • families facing poverty or other challenges
  • carers and their families
We Fund

We make awards from £10,000 to £100,000 for up to three years.

As a flexible funder, we consider awards that cover running, core and development costs.  We consider grants and loans or other social investments.  In exceptional circumstances we fund capital costs where there is an obvious lack of alternative local facilities.

All proposals should:

  • Align closely to one of the priority areas listed above.
  • Demonstrate that they are both locally rooted and focused.
  • Have a board and staff (or volunteers) that reflect their users and the communities that they work in.
  • Show that they are person-centred, build positive inclusive relationships between people and increase a sense of belonging.

We welcome applications from churches, other faith and community-based organisations operating in:

  • County Durham
  • London
  • Lincolnshire
  • Norfolk
  • Northumberland
  • Tees Valley
  • Tyne & Wear
We don't Fund
  • Individuals
  • Proposals designed solely for the advancement of a particular faith
  • General appeals or financial support for costs that have already been incurred
  • Overseas work
Funding Process
Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

Briefly tell us: 

• What you want to do and why
• How much funding you need
• Total cost of the proposal


We will let you know whether to submit a full application within four weeks. 


Unsuccessful (EOI)

Click here to find out more about why you were not asked to submit a full application. 

Successful EOI: Invitation to Apply

We will be in touch to discuss your proposal further, let you know about the process and answer any questions you may have. 

Application Decision

An average full application takes between three to five months from submission of an EOI to final decision. 

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