Diocesan LIFE Development Fund


01452 835529

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

Development Fund News

Guidance notes and forms are available here:

Guidance notes July 2020

Standing Committee report

LDF 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.

Covid-19 update: the LIFE Development Fund Committee met in May 2020 and agreed to award some emergency funding to two projects in need of financial support. Members agreed that they will consider new applications at the rest of the meetings in 2020, whilst continuing to review existing projects and considering further funding for them if required. 

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 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.

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 2021

27 January (closing date for full applications 4 January)

31 March (closing date 1 March)

9 June (12 May)

1 September (2 August)

4 November (7 October)

Sylvanus Lysons Trust’s meetings will be held on 26 March, 25 June and 19 November 2021.

In February 2020, Committee members awarded funding to Family Space, West Cheltenham, to support the manager in extending the activities being delivered by Family Space in the local area, while they are exploring the opportunities for a OneLife Centre there. They also provided funding to Viney Hill to continue supporting their community catalyst role and summers sports interns while they transition to becoming a OneLife centre.

In April 2020, Committee members awarded funding to the Wayfarers Community in Stroud, towards the cost of appointing a pioneer leader to develop the worshipping community.

At the extraordinary meeting held in May 2020, the Committee approved emergency funding to iSingPop and Fresh Hope charities to enable them to continue during the lockdown and to have the resources to step back into action as the lockdown restrictions lift.

At their meeting in June 2020, Committee members approved funding towards the setting up of a Christians Against Poverty debt advice centre in Gloucester City by an ecumencial group of worshipping communities which is led by Gloucester Vineyard. They also awarded funding to Cheltenham and Bishop’s Cleeve Anna Chaplaincy, to set up a chaplaincy service to older people in the local community, in collaboration with local worshipping communities.

Committee members made out of committee decisions to provide funding to Roots Cafe and Community and Harnhill Christian Healing Centre to help cover their revenue costs during the coronavirus crisis.

At their meeting in September 2020, Committee members approved fundings to support the sharing stories LIFE priority group in developing digital media to support worshipping communities across the Diocese.

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)
  • Michael Storey (Bishop’s Council)
  • Bea Erskine
  • David Lynch
  • Jane Williams

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.

There is currently one vacancy for a member of Bishop’s Council.

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



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