Diocesan LIFE Development Fund


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

Applications for grants

Forms are available here.
Guidance notes for applicants
Risk management
Project risks pro forma
Role profile for Stewards
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

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

Grants are considered for both revenue and capital projects, the former for up to three years’ funding.

Each application will be considered on its merits, but  grants for capital projects will not normally exceed £10,000

and for revenue projects £30,000 over three years.

Applicants 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 the next 10 years.

Following an open recruitment process, eight Stewards were appointed by Bishop’s Council to oversee the work of the Fund, initially chaired by the Bishop of Tewkesbury. The first grants were awarded in November 2015. From January 2018, 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 are, therefore, 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.


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.

Meeting Dates 2019

31 January (closing date for full applications: 31 Dec 2018)

3 April (5 March)

6 June (9 May)

4 September (7 August)

23 October (25 September)

Sylvanus Lysons Trustees meet on 22 March, 14 June and 15 November 2019

Members of the Committee

Bishop of Tewkesbury
Chair of Resources Committee
Michael Storey (Bishop’s Council)
David Lynch
Ian Perry
Anthony Oliver

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

The Archdeacons, Diocesan Secretary and any other paid officers will be invited to attend.



Useful links


www.acf.org.uk – Association of Charitable foundations
www.glosvcsalliance.org.uk – Voluntary and Community Sectors
www.yourewelcome.to/workshops – Free workshops for people across Gloucestershire
www.dsc.org.uk – Directory for Social Change
www.grantnav.threesixtygiving.org/ – App to help you find funders
Christian Funders
GRCC’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector Training and Learning Programme

https://impactsupport.org/ – free guidance on planning your project, using data to increase the impact of your project, creating a culture that embraces learning


Gloucestershire Voluntary and Community Services calendar of events


See also: small grants and PCC loans



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