How to Apply For Funding

Grants will be made to projects and partnerships involving Church of England churches that seek to tackle social issues that adversely affect our local communities including (but not limited to) mental health, older people’s support, family support, debt counselling, youth work, homelessness and poverty. Also, projects which help to regenerate local communities and build community capacity to meet local needs will be supported. The outcomes of such projects may include:

  • Strengthened resilience of people in difficult circumstances;
  • Improved confidence and increased aspirations through training and development of new skills;
  • Increased community capacity and resilience to support others locally.

The Bishop of Guildford’s Communities Fund typically makes grants ranging between £500 and £5,000. Our average grant award is £3,000.

While the Fund typically provides one-off awards, in some circumstances multi-year funding or larger awards may be considered, especially where these relate to strategic, capacity-building projects.

In the first instance it is advisable to contact our Grant Manager by emailing with a short paragraph about your project.

View the BGCF Funding Policy and Grant Criteria (PDF)

Applications to the fund are welcome throughout the year. The current deadlines for 2020 are: 21 January and 8 May.

Please submit completed application forms and any supporting documents including a PDF copy of the latest annual report and financial accounts to

Download the application form (​docx)

In order to evaluate the impact of The Bishop of Guildford’s Communities Fund, grant holders will be asked to complete a review on the anniversary of the grant award. The Grant Manager will work with recipients on how best to measure the impact of the award.

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