Diocesan LIFE Development Fund


01452 835529

Or write to: The Secretary
Diocese of Gloucester LIFE Development Fund
Church House
College Green

Guidance notes and forms are available here:

Guidance notes for applicants

Application process flowchart
Risk management
Project risks pro forma
LIFE Development Fund applications and HR
(As above, but a Word doc)
Bank Details Form
Organisation Information Sheet
Outcomes Activites and Targets Guidance
Outcomes Activities and Targets Form

Copy of Revenue and Capital Budget Templates

Annual review template


Please contact us using the details above to make an application.

Grants are considered for revenue projects, with grants usually awarded for between one and three years. Capital costs are not normally funded, although they may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Applications for grants of up to £3,000 should apply, if eligible, to the Mission Grant Scheme, through the Department of Mission and Ministry.

In February 2015, Bishop’s Council approved the launch of the new Diocesan Development Fund to support the work of churches and communities across the diocese.

The assets of the Fund, which include the proceeds from the sale of Glenfall House, enable it to make grants of up to £400,000 p.a. for at least 10 years.

Following an open recruitment process, eight Stewards were originally appointed by Bishop’s Council to oversee the work of the Fund. The first grants were awarded in November 2015. From January 2019, the new LIFE Development Fund Committee (a sub-committee of Bishop’s Council) oversees the Fund and awards grants.

Applications are received based on the four key strands of the LIFE vision. We are keen to support projects which are innovative and collaborative.  Applicants aretherefore encouraged to research what others are doing locally, regionally and nationally, and to explore the potential for partnering with other churches or community groups, before submitting an application.

Role of the Secretary:

  • to provide support and advice to applicants during the application process
  • to plan and prepare for LIFE Development Fund Committee meetings, and prepare and circulate papers before the meeting and minutes after the meeting
  • to notify applicants of the outcome of their application and provide them with support for the next steps of the process
  • to monitor spend from the annual budget, and keep financial records
  • to provide an annual review to Bishop’s Council of how the Fund has been spent
  • to keep Diocesan staff informed of activity from the Fund
  • to work with the Communications team to make sure that stories are shared of the difference funding has made to projects

Share your story

If you’ve completed a project and would like to share your story, we’d love to hear it! Please fill out this simple form.

Gloucestershire Credit Union

Meeting Dates 2020

6 February (closing date for receipt of full applications: 10 January)

2 April (6 March)

11 June (15 May)

9 September (14 August)

5 November (9 October)

Sylvanus Lysons Trust meeting dates in 2020 are 12 June and 20 November. A further meeting date for earlier in the year is still to be confirmed.

In January 2019, Committee members approved funding to support a variety of projects being carried out by the LIFE priority groups. They also approved grants towards a Community Development Worker at St James, All Saints and Christchurch, Gloucester; and a Children, Youth and Families Outreach Worker at St Catharine’s, Gloucester. Funding was also awarded to The Worship Foundation for their contemporary worship music workshops.

In April 2019, funding was awarded to Caleb’s Mountain for their family support work in Bream, Forest of Dean. Funding was also awarded to the Fig Tree project in Stonehouse, developing a shop front on the High Street to provide drop-ins, parent and toddler groups, and opportunities to support people, share faith and develop discipleship.

In June 2019, funding was awarded to The Worship Foundation to continue their contemporary music workshops and to support their running costs. Highnam and Leadon Vale Benefices were successful in getting funding towards a children and families worker that will work with schools and families across both benefices. Funding was also awarded to Gloucestershire Credit Union to enable them to recruit additional staff to support the growth of the Union.

In September 2019, Fresh Hope Charity received funding to support the running costs of The Armoury gym, based in the centre of Cheltenham. Gloucestershire Theology School received funding to deliver theology courses in local churches. The Nelson Trust received funding to support the development of a project helping women move out of prison and back into the local community with their families.

In October 2019, funding was awarded to the LIFE priority groups to deliver their plans for the year ahead.

Please contact the Secretary for further information about these and other applications.

Members of the Committee

  • Bishop of Tewkesbury
  • Chair of Resources Committee
  • Craig Bishop (Bishop’s Council)
  • Karen Czapiewski (Bishop’s Council)
  • Michael Storey (Bishop’s Council)
  • Bea Erskine
  • David Lynch

The Director of the Department of Mission and Ministry will be in attendance.

The Archdeacons, Diocesan Secretary and other officers will be invited to attend when required.

Other funding opportunities and useful links

There are some alternative way of funding posts that might meet the criteria for an apprenticeship – take a look at the information below to see if apprenticeship funding might be suitable for you:

Use of the Apprenticeship Levy; Apprenticeship Funding Application Form May 2019

All Churches Trust – Growing Lives initiative


Sylvanus Lysons charity

www.acf.org.uk – Association of Charitable foundations

www.glosvcsalliance.org.uk – Voluntary and Community Sectors



www.dsc.org.uk – Directory for Social Change

www.grantnav.threesixtygiving.org/ – App to help you find funders



Christian Funders (download document)

GRCC’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector Training and Learning Programme

https://calendar.glosvcsalliance.org.uk/calendarhttps://www.inspiringimpact.org/ – free guidance on planning your project, using data to increase the impact of your project, creating a culture that embraces learning


https://www.startandgrowenterprise.uk/ – support for start-ups and new entrepreneurs in Gloucestershire

http://www.glosvcsalliance.org.uk/training-newsletter/ – training opportunities


See also: small grants and PCC loans



The 2020 Workshop Programme

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