The diocese has wanted to preserve the vital principle of supporting local church initiatives that was established by the Bishop's Growth Fund and so has merged the Growth Fund with Parish Projects Loans and Grants (PPLG) to create ‘Resourcing Parish Mission’ (RPM). This grant-making body was chaired by Bishop Mark, and now has interim co-chairs in Archdeacon Matthew and the Director of Mission George Fisher. The full terms of reference are available here
RPM is available to give grants for:
- Equipment – e.g. data projector, notice boards, AV upgrades, etc.
- Small projects – e.g. start-up funding for a new congregation, outreach activities and missions, training of children’s leaders, community activities, holiday clubs, lunch clubs, church weekends, etc.
- Personnel* – a youth or children’s minister, a families worker, an alpha group coordinator, an evangelist, a church planter, a fresh expressions of church leader, a young adults networker, a dementia friendly worker, etc.
* The amount we have to allocate is smaller than was previously available under the Growth Fund so the number of personnel grants will necessarily be smaller.
The necessary application forms follow below.
- Smaller Projects: Equipment and other Smaller Applications
- Personnel: This is now a 2-stage application. All forms, Initial, Final and Budget Sheet to be requested from the Administrator Richard Barrett - email.
All forms are to be sent to the Administrator Richard Barrett; email or 01543 622592, or his office address at Unit 1, Three Spires House, Station Road, Lichfield. WS13 6HX
Our 2019 meeting dates are pencilled in for Tuesday 18th June, Tuesday 17 September, and Thursday 5th December. Our next deadlines fall at Midnight on Sundays 19th May, 19th August, and 3rd November,
If you are wanting to explore a grant related to personnel please contact Richard who will put you in contact with an appropriate diocesan representive. Applications for Personnel will now include Outcomes that are pre-agreed with that representative.
For more details of required outcomes see here. The diocese will also be providing line management training and will expect successful applicants to attend a training date within 6 months of a successful award. Visit the RNG Labs page to find the next Line Management Training date.
For more information about the type of grants that we would like to support, please see the links below.