Bishop’s Welcome Fund

Apply now for grants to support work with refugees and asylum seekers

Churches are being invited to apply for grants from the Bishop’s Welcome Fund which was set up to support projects in the diocese working with refugees and asylum seekers.

There is now enough in the fund for a first round of applications; the money was raised during this year’s Lent and Confirmation Appeal.

Parishes and churches can apply for grants of between £250 and £500 to support projects that offer a ministry of hospitality and support to refugees.

The Appeal was inspired by the plight of people fleeing war and persecution from around the world, particularly in the Middle East and parts of Africa, The complex legal processes they face when they arrive in the UK can leave many destitute in our neighbourhoods.

Churches, charities and projects in the diocese have been offering hospitality and support for many years, providing legal help, safe housing, signposting, language skills, and food parcels.

The fund is there to support this existing work and to help churches looking to start new projects.

When the Appeal was launched Bishop Paul Williams said: “Compassionate action should be our natural response of joyful obedience as disciples of Christ.”

The need is great and likely to become greater as people continue to flee violence and persecution.

For an application form click here

Please send completed application to Bishop’s Welcome Fund for Refugees

c/o Catriona Gundlach,  Jubilee House, Westgate, Southwell, Nottingham NG25 0JH email: catriona@southwell.anglican.org