Bishop’s Community Hospitality Projects Fund

Please note that this fund is now closed to application

Churches are being invited to apply for grants from the Bishop’s Community Hospitality Projects Fund which was set up to support projects in the diocese to develop mission opportunities based on social eating projects.

There is now enough in the fund for a first round of applications; money has already been received during this year’s Lent Appeal and will continue to be raised through the 2017 Confirmation Appeal.

Parishes and churches can apply for grants up to £250 to support projects that offer a ministry of hospitality to people in the wider community.

The Appeal was inspired by the increasing pressure on services due to cutbacks and the need for opportunities to bring people together who might feel lonely, isolated, and/or struggling to eat well.

There are many ways in which churches are already engaging in social eating initiatives.  The Fund will provide support in helping expand the number of these projects.  These could include a community cafe or Super Kitchen.  It may be through deepening relationships at a lunch club for older people, or by providing healthy packed lunches for children in the school holidays.

The Fund is there primarily to help churches looking to start new projects but may also support existing work.

When the appeal was launched Bishop Paul Williams said: “As we seek to grow as followers of Jesus Christ and to share our faith, social eating projects give us fantastic opportunities to put our discipleship into action.”