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Grant Eligibility

Grants are available for any BU Member church and meet this criteria

  • A church needs to be missional in order to be eligible and 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 are taking to action those plans. The Regional Team offer help to create Mission Action Plans.
  • 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.
  • Grants are not available to churches that have more than one full time Minister
  • Home Mission Grants are 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 by churches for a grant for the following year, for example if applying in 2019, the grant will be for 2020. Further information can be obtained from

Timetable for Applications for grants in 2020
By end of NovemberChurches/Chaplaincies/Special Ministries declare an interest in applying and say who will be returning their forms
DecemberSend out forms (or within 7 days of confirmation of interest)
By end JanuaryVisitor meetings set and date confirmed to secretaries
By mid-FebruaryApplicants submit all application forms (draft accounts/subject to Independent. Examination if necessary)
By 31 MarchApplicants submit finalised accounts and finalised MAP/update.
1 April onwardsHome Mission visitors visit a gathering of church members to discuss the application
By 14 MayVisitors complete and return the visitors’ report form
Monday 3 JuneGrants Committee meets to consider applications
1 JulyEBA Council Meeting – agree grants
After 1 JulyGrants Secretaries notify all applicants of the result
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