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Meeting the Criteria
Note: The Charity’s financial position has been adversely affected by Covid19. In view of the anticipated substantial reduction in income in both 2020 and 2021, the Trustees decided on 7 May 2020 that, whilst the Charity will honour all its existing grant commitments, it should not enter into any new grant commitments for the time being, although they did set aside a fund of £50,000 for applications related to Covid19 and its aftermath. This restriction is intended to be temporary and will be lifted or eased as and when the Trustees consider it prudent to do so.
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
45 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 40 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 should note:
- they are encouraged to discuss applications in advance with the Clerk to the Trustees, Roger James, whose telephone number is 0117-968-1864 and whose email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- the Charity Commission Scheme which governs the Charity 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.
- 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 (including all supporting papers) to the Diocesan Secretary by post or email to enable this consultation to take place.
Note: The Diocesan Secretary’s address is The Diocese of Bristol, Hillside House, 1500 Parkway North, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8YU, his email address is Oliver.Home@bristoldiocese.org and his telephone number is 0117-906-0100;
- in order to comply with the Charity Commission Scheme which governs the Charity, applications must further the religious or other charitable work of the Church of England in the Charity’s Area of Benefit. Each application will be considered on its own individual merits, but the factors which my indicate that it has sufficient connection with the Church of England include:
- Church of England involvement in the leadership or the governance of the project which is the subject of the application;
- Church of England participation in the project;
- the support of the Bishop of Bristol and any reason given for such support.
- 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 Application Form on this website, and copies of both are also available from the Clerk to the Trustees.