We wanted to highlight this source of grant funding for Youth Work projects to our churches across Scotland, a great potential resource to expand children’s and youth outreach in your local community!
Allchurches Trust launched its Growing Lives grants programme in May 2019 with the aim of making churches and Christian organisations feel better equipped, inspired and confident in supporting young people in their communities to reach their potential, spiritually, and in many other ways.
In July, 21 projects received a share of £276,487 of funding in the first wave of grants to be awarded, and a further 65 will receive cheques this week totalling £644,975. The programme is still open for applications.
For the past two years, Bentley Baptist Church in South Yorkshire have undertaken a social outreach programme from an empty betting shop in an area still suffering from the pit closures. They will use their £1,100 Growing Lives grant to create an area for children and young people within the shop, including soundproofing and games equipment.
A £7,500 grant will help Hooe Baptist Church in Plymouth to upgrade its facilities so that it can run a youth café and cinema night. A trained counsellor will provide a listening ear at the café drop-in. High Street Baptist Church in Tring, Hertfordshire, will use its £4,900 grant to increase the size of its worship area to create more community space for after school clubs and holiday events. It will also run an evening service for young people.
Allchurches Trust Director, Rachel Whittington, said: “Our Growing Lives grants programme supports a wide range of projects, delivered by churches and charities, with young people at their heart. It’s always inspiring to read about the innovative ways in which the organisations we fund are working together to meet local need and realise the power of young people to strengthen community.
“In some of the UK’s most deprived areas, the church is likely to be one of the last institutions left standing and it’s so important that they have the resources to engage as early and as effectively as possible with the next generation. Applications for the programme are continuing to flood in and we’re excited about passing the £1 million milestone in 2020.”
Under Growing Lives, grants of up to £25,000 are available and the amount depends upon the cost of the project and the level of need in the community, ranging from 10% of project cost to 80%. Churches can apply for a grant under this programme even if they have received funding from Allchurches in the last two years, as long as it is for a different project. You can find out more at www.allchurches.co.uk/growinglives