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Grant Eligibility

As well as being available to support pioneers, grants are also available for any BU member church that meets these criteria;

  • A church needs to be missional in order to be eligible. Part of the application requires a Mission Action Plan to be completed, which demonstrates what the mission plans are and describes the approaches which the church is taking to action those plans. The Regional Team offer help to create Mission Action Plans.
  • Normally the grant is to help pay the stipend of an accredited Minister or a Minister in Training
  • A church needs to be able to demonstrate through their accounts and budget that there is a financial need for a grant.
  • The level of church reserves will be looked at and if these are more than the church reserves policy the grants committee need an explanation for why this is. A reserves policy will not be normally be more than 6 months running costs.
  • Grants are not usually available to churches that have more than one full time Minister or another employee
  • Home Mission Grants are usually only made to churches who give towards Home Mission and BMS
  • There is an expectation that in most circumstances a church will reduce the amount it applies for with each subsequent application.

Applications are made for a grant for the following year, for example if applying in 2021, the grant will be for 2022. Further information can be obtained   from  grants@easternbaptist.org.uk

Timetable for applications for grants in 2023

By 31 October 2021

Churches/Chaplaincies/Special Ministries declare an interest in applying and say who will be returning their forms

By 31 December 2021

Grants secretaries advise lead visitor names to applicants

By end January 2022

Visitor meetings set and date confirmed to secretaries

By 14 February 2022

Applicants submit all application forms (draft accounts/subject to Independent. Examination if necessary)

By end of May 2021

Home Mission visits take place

20 June 2022

Grants Committee meets to consider applications

11 July 2022

EBA Council Meeting – to consider allocations and agree grants

After 11 July 2022

All applicants are notified of the result