Circuit Grant Application Notes
The Circuit has some funds available to support ministry and mission and property schemes at local churches.
Applications will be considered by the Circuit Grants Committee who will make recommendations to the Circuit Meeting. The committee members are:
Rev. Keith Beckingham, Chairman
Dave Paterson, Circuit Treasurer
Grants may be awarded for capital or revenue related expenditure but in respect of the latter the Committee is only able to make a one-off award (subject to release in instalments where appropriate) and will, therefore, have particular regard to the ability of the church in question to safeguard the longer-term viability of the project. Only in exceptional circumstances will grants be considered where the application relates to the costs of repair or maintenance to existing premises.
The work of the Committee is grounded in the missional focus of the Methodist Church as stated in Our Calling (Methodist Conference Report 2000) and The Priorities for the Methodist Church Methodist Conference Report 2004. In considering the eligibility of applications and in prioritising between competing demands on available funds, the Committee will have regard to the following criteria (as relevant to each particular case):
Any application should be received at least 3 weeks prior to the relevant meeting of the Committee using the attached form and should include:
Prior to submitting a formal application, churches are strongly advised to make a preliminary submission to the Committee containing as much information as is possible to allow an initial indication to be given as to (1) the likelihood of an application being successful and (2) what particular information will be required in addition to the basic requirements set out on the grant application form.