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Connexional Grants - Mission & Ministry in Britain Programme 

17 September 2015
 
 
The Connexional Grants Committee (CGC) is committed to furthering mission both locally and globally through funding programmes to support community action, evangelism and improvement to the lives of people through care and social justice.
 

1. Current Open Funding Programmes

 

Connexional Property Grants

Size of grants available: up to £200,000
Who can apply? Trustees of Methodist Property.
 
The purpose of this grant programme is to contribute to the improvement or replacement of buildings where a wide range of church and community activities can take place in furtherance of mission. The impact must deliver lasting change beyond the life of the building project, and in particular should offer hospitality and space where people can come to know God or to grow in their Christian faith.
 
For further information:
www.methodist.org.uk/mission/connexional-grants/what-do-we-fund/property
 

Mission & Ministry Grants

Size of grants available: no limit specified - within budget
Who can apply? Methodist and non-Methodist organisations in the UK.
 
The purpose of this grant programme is to support projects that will cross District boundaries and/or will benefit the wider Connexion and are deemed to be Connexionally Significant, ie they demonstrate that they are consistent with the call to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out that discipleship in through learning and caring, service, worship and evangelism.
 
For further information:
www.methodist.org.uk/mission/connexional-grants/what-do-we-fund/mission-and-ministry
 

Heritage Grants (now part of Mission and Ministry)

Size of grants available: no limit specified - within budget
Who can apply? Trustees of Methodist Property.
 
The purpose of this grant programme is to support mission work that celebrates the heritage of the Methodist movement, encouraging us to reconnect, learn and relish our rich history and the significant contributions it has made to shaping the social and political landscape of Britain. Heritage projects should have wider community impact in terms of enabling people to explore the Christian faith, and should encourage sustainability of the building through visitor attraction and wide variety of uses to increase visitor numbers.
 
For further information:
www.methodist.org.uk/mission/connexional-grants/what-do-we-fund/mission-and-ministry
 

Mission Alongside the Poor

Grants available: up to 50% of total programme costs (subject to budget and generally not exceeding £30k, though there is no limit) Districts/Circuit are required to contribute 50% of the project cost
Who can apply? Districts, Circuits, and Managing Trustees.
 
The purpose of the grant programme is to support local projects to help the poor and disadvantaged in urban or rural areas of relative deprivation, to enable them better to respond their own sense of God’s calling. The programme may support people or property projects where they would not otherwise qualify for a grant.
 
For further information:
www.methodist.org.uk/mission/connexional-grants/what-do-we-fund/mission-alongside-the-poor
 

Chaplaincy Grants

Grants available: up to two-thirds of the project cost; Districts/Circuits are required to contribute at least one third of the project cost
Who can apply? Districts and Circuits.
 
The purpose of the grant programme is to support chaplaincy across a number of services including the armed forces, education, healthcare, prisons, rural/agricultural and workplace contexts, where the institutions do not normally provide financial contributions.
 
For further information:
www.methodist.org.uk/mission/connexional-grants/what-do-we-fund/chaplaincy

Please note that to qualify for consideration, any grant applications must demonstrate that the project meets the Assessment and/or Eligibility criteria contained in the links given above.
 

Application deadlines:

The Connexional Grants Stream and sub-committees have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the CGC between scheduled meetings, which are currently convened twice yearly. They will consider qualifying applications for grants from the funds listed above up to £30k (subject to budget availability).
 
Application deadlines are: Any time during the Connexional year 2015-2016.

The CGC and its delegates will consider all qualifying applications exceeding £30k according to these deadlines: 5 October 2015 & 2 March 2016
 

Application forms:

These are available from the Methodist Church in Britain website or via the links given above.
 
All grant applications and other communications relating to connexional grants should be sent to grants@methodistchurch.org.uk. Please do not send information to individual grants officers.
 
 

2. Connexional Priority Fund (CPF), Circuit Model Trust Fund (CMTF) and District Advance Fund (DAF)

 
The table included as Appendix A shows the estimated distribution of CPF and CMTF levies to each District Advance Fund. This is based on CPF incomes and CMTF levies balances as at the end of June 2015. The final outcomes will be available in September, following the end of the Connexional year.
 
The Circuit Contributions to DAFs are transferred automatically by Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes.
The Districts are required by Standing Order 963 to submit an Annual DAF Report covering the previous connexional year to the Connexional Grants Committee no later than 31 October 2015. This should also include how reserves are managed. Receipt of the report by the Connexional Grants team will trigger the distribution of the CPF share.
 
A template is provided for this purpose:
Reserves policy template
DAF report template
 
Please return completed forms to grants@methodistchurch.org.uk or by post to Connexional Grants – Support Services, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London. NW1 5JR.
 
The Conference requires Districts to have a reserves policy to demonstrate that they are complying with Charity Law, Charities Statement of Recommended Practice and good practice. This should be prepared in accordance with the Church’s Standard Form of Accounts, which have been adopted by the Charity Commission for all Methodist charities. Guidelines have been produced for this and can be found at: http://www.methodist.org.uk/ministers-and-office-holders/standard-forms-of-accounts
 
When completing the policy template please note the following:
 
1) The Reserves policy and funds relate to the accounting period ending 31 August 2015.
2) All balances should be included in the Reserves Policy. The District (day to day) Account should be shown under General Funds. The District Advance Fund should be shown under Restricted Funds, together with any other funds which are restricted. These should also be identified separately.
3) Endowment funds are given for specific purposes.
4) The balance in the District Advance Fund should agree with the amount shown on the summary schedule.
5) In planning for the future, the amounts allocated should not exceed the balance in the District Advance Fund. Any transfers between funds should be made before the forms are submitted.
6) Although the Reserves Policy has to be agreed by Synod, agreement can be sought after the completed forms have been submitted to the CGC, which should not be delayed.
7) Before submitting the form, please ensure that the District Treasurer confirms their agreement to the information by signing and dating the form.
 
 

3. Projects in Britain awarded Mission & Ministry Grants 2014-2015

 
The CGC awarded £2,324,431 in grants to Mission & Ministry projects. These included grants from the Fund for Property. A summary showing the allocation of the awards is included at Appendix B.
 
 

4. Monitoring & Evaluation of Mission & Ministry Grants

 
Where a connexional grant is awarded the grant recipients are required to submit an annual monitoring and evaluation report at the end of every Connexional year in which funding was received.
This is to provide feedback to the CGC on the outputs and outcomes of projects and programmes to enable them to judge how effective the grant has been in furthering and sustaining mission.
 
District Grants Officers will be sent a summary of grant recipients in their District and will be asked to complete a summary of each project for submission to the Connexional Grants team no later than 15 October 2015.
 
 

5. District Grants Officers contact list

 
We are grateful for the ongoing work of the District Grants Officers. If you have recently completed your term of office, or are newly appointed to the role, we would ask you to ensure that details we have for your District are current. If you notify the helpdesk at Methodist Church House your details will be updated : helpdesk@methodistchurch.org.uk
 
 

6. Chair of Connexional Grants Committee

 
Helen Woodall is the current Chair of the CGC for a 3-6 year term of office which began on 1 September 2014. Helen is heavily involved with Birmingham District and has been an active member of various Connexional Committees.
 
We look forward to working with you over the next Connexional Year. We would encourage you to provide feedback on any aspect of the grants making process. This will help us to improve the service we provide.
 

Julian Bond
Connexional Grants Team Leader
The Methodist Church, Methodist Church House, 26 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR
020 7486 5502 (Help Desk)
www.methodist.org.uk
Registered charity no. 1132208
 


Sarah Sutherland, 21/09/2015