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​Growth Fund

The Growth Fund exists to enable new initiatives in the Diocese of Guildford which further the Diocesan ​strategy of Transforming Church, Transforming Lives.

  • Fixed Grants and Small Grants (up to £500): Applications for fixed and small grants can be made at any time – there are no set application dates – and will be assessed within 3 weeks.
  • Medium Grants (up to £5,000 in one year or up to £10,000 over 3 years)

  • Large Grants (over £5,000 in one year or over £10,000 over 3 years):

 What type of project can apply for support?  

  • The Fund provides seed monies for projects aimed at creating growth.
  • Priority will be given to projects which would be unlikely to be possible without external support.
  • Projects must be proposed by a PCC or group of PCCs and have a clear and substantial link to the ministry of the Parish Church.
  • Projects should be able to demonstrate that they are addressing mission opportunities in a new way.
  • Projects should be able to demonstrate plans for a long term financial vitality or have a clear fixed term aim.
  • Parishes should be paying Parish Share (in full) by standing order or in an agreed “turnaround” situation.
  • Parishes are expected to be making an appropriate level of contribution to the project themselves.
  • Parishes will need to complete an annual review for each year they receive funds.
  • Funding can be up to 3 years, usually on a decreasing scale.


Grants are available at four levels

1. Small fixed grants for specified projects

Grants to be allocated at the time of application by the Director of the Parish Development and Evangelism Team, after advice from the Stewardship Adviser and any other relevant diocesan officers.

Fixed Grants currently available:

  • NEW £200 for any church starting a new service or fresh expression of church (contingent of you explaining to one of the PDE Team advisers what you are doing and why).
  • NEW £150 for any church starting a new enquirers course – i.e. something you have not tried before (contingent on you telling us how it went afterwards so we can learn from your experience).

2. Small grants up to £500 on general fund criteria (see above)

Grants to be allocated at the time of application by the Director of the Parish Development and Evangelism Team, after advice from the Stewardship Adviser and any other relevant diocesan officers.

3. Medium grants up to £5,000 in one year or up to £10,000 over 3 years

Grants to be allocated by the Growth Fund Management Group at one of its termly meetings. Completed application forms must be received by the dates listed above.

4. Large grants over £5,000 in one year or over £10,000 over 3 years

Grants to be allocated by the Bishop’s Staff after scrutiny at the Growth Fund Management Group meeting. Completed application forms must be received by the dates listed above.


Application Forms

Any Questions?

Please contact:

Juliet Evans

Diocesan Stewardship Adviser

Juliet