Diocesan LIFE Development Fund


Or write to: The Secretary
Diocese of Gloucester LIFE Development Fund
Church House
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 projects, with grants usually awarded for between one and three years. Capital costs are not normally funded, though will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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 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.

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

6 June (closing date for full applications – 13 May)

4 September (7 August)

23 October (25 September)

Sylvanus Lysons Trustees meet on 14 June and 15 November 2019

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.

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
    Ian Perry

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.



Useful links

https://www.allchurches.co.uk/blog-posts/before-you-apply-for-a-grant-tips https://sylvanuslysons.wordpress.com/

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


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

Gloucestershire Voluntary and Community Services calendar of events


See also: small grants and PCC loans



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