We are sorry to announce that the Mission Fund will not be meeting this October due to changes in the way that we are funded. Historically the money given by the Mission Fund has come partly from the Church Commissioners and partly from the All Churches Trust Limited for us to distribute for local mission. In the last year the Church Commissioners have changed the way they give money to Diocese for mission. The focus has shifted to Strategic Development Funding that is generally given to much larger projects and comes with many more stipulations about the way the money is spent.
Sadly this has meant the Diocesan Mission Fund has lost a large portion of funding which in the past has been given as grants to parishes for Youth and Children’s work projects, parish nursing, mentoring programmes, schools pastors, prison chaplains and much more.
The Diocesan Board of Finance made money available for 2018 from the Pastoral Fund to supplement the generous £45K grant from the All Churches Trust who continue to contribute to the Diocesan Mission Fund.
The Diocesan Board of Finance have committed to do the same for 2019 while a longer term solution is sought. This allowed us to meet in March, when the full sum available was committed.
The Mission Fund will continue to function and we are still welcoming applications. The closing date for applications will be Friday 1 February 2019 and the next meeting where applications will be discussed will be on Wednesday 13 March 2019.
The small grants fund for mission activities will still be open for applications, using the same selection criteria as previously used. These grants will now be for a maximum of £500 and can be applied for anytime.
The Ven Fiona Windsor
Archdeacon of Horsham and Chair of Mission Fund Committee
The diocesan mission fund has been created to support outreach mission initiatives within the diocese.
It will support both new work and new developments of current activities that need further financial assistance. It will focus on initiatives that will deepen faith and increase commitment to worship.
Some of the projects funded by the Mission Fund recently are:-
- Christian Chaplain for YMCA Downslink Hove to serve churches across the diocese
- Parish Nurse for Southgate and Broadfield group of churches in Crawley
- Contribution towards a youth worker at Scaynes Hill
- Oral History project for Brighton St Lukes
- Debt advice programme for Handcross area
- Hangleton Arts Community Festival - Hove area
- Network 10 - Deanery schools worker for Worthing
An assessment committee has the responsibility for allocating grants from the mission fund. It will examine applications against specific criteria and guidelines. Current membership is listed in the Diocesan Committee Handbook here