New funding to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs in their communities in response to Coronavirus
Allchurches Trust has launched a new grants programme – Hope Beyond – aimed at enabling churches and Christian charities to meet changing need within their communities as the longer term impact of Covid-19 becomes clearer.
Funding projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, Hope Beyond will help churches, Christian charities and communities to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic – building resilience and encouraging hope.
Grants of up to £50,000 are available, and the amount you receive will depend upon the cost of your project and level of need in your community, ranging from 10% of project cost through to 80%.
In developing the Hope Beyond programme, Allchurches Trust carried out an online consultation to better understand what our beneficiaries felt the key needs of people of all ages in their communities would be as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Hope Beyond researchreport* shows that more than two-thirds of church respondents expect loneliness and isolation to be the most pressing need in the next three months, with 58% of churches predicting the same when looking a year ahead. The issue of mental health and wellbeing was the second highest rated concern for around half of churches, while many also reported feeling limited by a lack of digital knowledge and/or technology – both within the church and in the wider community. You can read more about the findings here.
The Hope Beyond grants programme will, therefore, look to address these three themes:
- Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed.
- Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing
- Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support.
To find out more information about the programme, read the research report and apply online, head to www.allchurches.co.uk/hopebeyond
*Allchurches Trust online research carried out in June 2020 with beneficiary contacts from churches, Christian charities, dioceses and cathedrals. Note that the Hope Beyond research report features church results only. 840 responses were received – 638 from churches.