Get expert, one-to-one advice on fundraising for capital projects

There will be an online training session from professional fundraising consultancy Action Planning for churches in the Diocese of Oxford on Saturday 9th October. The session will take you through the steps for planning and running a major capital appeal. Following this you will have the opportunity for a 30 minute personalised, one-to-one call with a professional fundraising consultant. The session will run from 10am-12pm and will cost £15 per person. Book


Capital Fundraising


Capital appeals and fundraising campaigns to raise large, specific sums of money are not part of the everyday experience of most churches and so they can be daunting. Whilst the Generous Giving team does not offer specialist advice in this area, here are a few ideas that may be helpful:

FundsOnline is a searchable database of over 8.000 funders. The diocese has a licence to access this database for grant-making trusts that match your project’s criteria. To find out more, contact Joshua Townson on 01865 208757.

If you need funding for a church maintenance or repair project, want to install a toilet or kitchen to improve community facilities, or are seeking early stage funding (such as for a feasibility report) for your place of worship, then the National Churches Trust grant schemes could help you. For more information on their 2019 – 2023 programmes, click here.

The Good Exchange is another possibility worth investigating. One application form is shared with many different potential funders, saving considerable time and effort. There is also the possibility of receiving a matched funding grant. Click here for more information.

The Listed Places of Worship (LPW) grant scheme gives grants that cover the VAT incurred in making repairs to listed buildings in use as places of worship. The scheme covers repairs to the fabric of the building, along with associated professional fees, plus repairs to turret clocks, pews, bells and pipe organs. Click here for more information.

Ecclesiastical Insurance has an excellent fundraising hub tailored for churches with hints and tips for applying for grants and a list of emergency funders. You can visit the hub here.

Action Planning is a specialist consultancy for charities and other not-for-profit organisations, with particular expertise in Christian charities and churches. To enquire about a fundraising feasibility study for your capital project, contact David Saint on 01737 814758.



Fundraising in a Box

Ecclesiastical has a new toolkit for churches thinking about fundraising. As this is relatively new we can’t comment on its overall usefulness but we have received some positive feedback from churches and you can read more and order a free copy here.

The box contains guidance on:

  • Step-by-step guides to help you navigate the uniquely complex world of church fundraising.
  • Clear guidance and steps to make your church fundraising journey easier and more successful.
  • Support for you and your church volunteers whether experienced in fundraising or learning on the go.

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Fundraising in a Box Toolkit

Funding for Internet Connection and Livestreaming Kits


With many more churches livestreaming services from within the church building the need for internet connectivity and Wi-Fi is greater than ever before. We have recently received a generous donation from a private donor for the purpose of offering grants of up to £1,000 for churches investing in bringing internet into their church building in preparation for livestreaming. We are also able to provide funds for churches wishing to purchase a livestreaming kit.

Please see the below documents for further information:

Guidance on Internet Connection and Grants v4

Appendix 1 Guidance for Church Buildings

Appendix 2 Livestreaming Kit Information

Appendix 3 Livestreaming and Internet Case Studies