Update from Funding Scotland regarding National Churches Trust Project Viability and Project Development Grants
This is a pilot scheme which is intended to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability and the development of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through a subsequent capital or sustainability project. The grants are likely to assist with the cost of staff time such as a project manager or a professional advisor, to produce a report that will help progress the project plans to a stage where they can be considered by large grant-giving bodies. There are two strands: Viability Grants help diagnose problems, to assess opportunities, need and sustainable use. Maximum grants of £3,000; Development Grants help churches prepare documents often required by large grant giving bodies and to meet RIBA stage 1, for example: business plans, activities plans, condition reports. Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. For 2016 they are particularly interested in applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches.
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