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Meeting the Criteria
All applications for grants need to show that they meet the Grant Funding Criteria which the Trustees have adopted and which are set out below. The Criteria set out how the Charity’s income will be divided between potential grant recipients, and the conditions which each applicant must satisfy.
There are three categories of grant recipient:
- The Parochial Church Council of St Mary Redcliffe
- The Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance
- Other projects
1. The PCC of St Mary Redcliffe
15 per cent of the total funds available annually for distribution are awarded to the PCC for the maintenance of the work of the Church of England in the parish. The uses to which the grant is put are entirely at the discretion of the PCC. However the Trustees may invite the parish to submit a report describing how the grant has been used.
The PCC may from time to time, in addition to the annual grant, seek funding for particular projects under Category 3.
2. The Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance
40 per cent of the total funds available annually for distribution will be awarded to the BDBF for furthering the religious and other charitable work of the Church of England in the area of the Archdeaconry of Bristol as it was on 20th January 1992 (the Area of Benefit). The purposes for which this annual grant are used are at the discretion of the BDBF, provided it is used within the Area of Benefit.
The BDBF will submit an annual report which describes generally how the grant has been used in the Area of Benefit and which explains the Diocese’s current strategic thinking.
The BDBF may from time to time, in addition to the annual grant, seek funding for particular projects under Category 3.
3. Other projects
Up to 45 per cent of the total funds available annually for distribution will be used by the Trustees at their discretion in response to applications which further the religious and charitable work of the Church of England in the Area of Benefit received from the following::
- St Mary Redcliffe PCC
- St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
- Bristol Cathedral
- individual parishes
- groups of parishes
- Bristol DBF
- other groups and organisations
Applicants under this Category are encouraged to discuss applications in advance with the Clerk to the Trustees.
The Charity Commission Scheme requires that preference be given to furthering the religious and other charitable work of the Church of England in the area of the former ecclesiastical parish of Temple or Holy Cross, and therefore applications from the parish of St Mary Redcliffe will be considered before others in this Category. However, the Trustees will apply the same criteria to all applications in this Category.
To be considered for a grant under this Category, applicants must be able to show that they have consulted the Bishop of Bristol in relation to the application. This consultation is carried out through the Diocese, and the applicant is responsible for submitting the application to the Diocesan Secretary to enable this consultation to take place.
Note: The Diocesan Secretary’s email address is Oliver.Home@bristoldiocese.org and his telephone number is 0117-906-0100
Applicants under this Category should bear in mind that:
- the Trustees are looking for projects which develop the life of the churches and communities in the Area of Benefit. The Trustees give priority to projects which serve communities most in need;
- the Trustees prefer to contribute to the cost of a project rather than paying the full cost, and they prefer applications which are limited in time. Applicants for a grant for the full cost of a project need to explain why the project has no other source of funds.
The Trustees will review these Criteria from time to time.
Applicants will find these Criteria and the Charity’s grant application form on the Charity’s website and copies of both are also available from the Clerk to the Trustees.