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The Diocesan Funding Committee (DFC) manages applications for both the Mission Fund and the Transformation Fund.Each fund’s criteria can be found below.Your application will be processed through the appropriate fund, dependent on the criteria you satisfy within your application form.Transformation FundInitially set-up by the Representative Body, the purpose of the Diocesan Transformation Fund is to support and encourage Vision 2020 related projects.The core principles of Vision 2020 are:Ministry AreasCollaborative MinistryMinisterial TrainingProjects which seek new ways for the church to reach out and serve their communities: from Ministry Area open days to youth forums; holiday lunch clubs to church facility development; applications are welcomed from all who have a new idea which supports the Church in Wales’ strategy for growth.Applications should be as proactive as possible with grants acting as seed corn funding for projects that directly support and develop collaborative working.These projects could include funding for youth work projects; new initiatives to engage with local schools; proposals to build connections with other faith groups; or to fund Ministry Area resources, activities and training needs of both lay and clerical persons.The Transformation fund has already supported numerous projects across Wales which are not only welcoming new people to worship within our churches but are taking Ministry out into the community in a variety of new ways.Mission FundThe Mission Fund exists to help Parishes, Ministry Areas and Deaneries engage in new mission projects that reflect the Diocesan Vision. At the heart of this mission-shaped vision is the commitment to seeing lives transformed; this is therefore the fundamental priority on which funding will be based.Funding will be considered for new projects and to allow pilot schemes to test new initiatives. This can include staffing roles such as youth workers, Ministry Area Administrators etc, with the understanding that after the first year of funding the project will have to provide its own support for sustainability.Funding will only be provided to existing projects if it is for new strands of work or activities, or if the project is being expanded in a meaningful way.The Diocese seeks to encourage the transformation of existing congregations through discipleship; by developing worship and welcome; by increasing confidence in sharing faith; and by making better use of church buildings.The Diocese wishes to support congregations in their proclamation of the gospel and in the making and nurturing of new disciples.The Diocese is committed to helping churches to transform the wider community by service that meets local needs, is sustainable and that reflects the Diocesan Vision. It is hoped that projects will extend the local church’s engagement with people, groups or areas and introduce Christ in such a way that people may have the opportunity to consider following him.How to applyThere are three levels of grant that can be applied for:Small Grants: £100 – £999Simplified application formRequired to provide a copy of the PCC minute agreeing the projectInitiatives with projected costs of between £100 and £999 may be funded up to 100% of the total cost.Medium Grants: £1,000 – £9,999Extended application formRequired to provide a copy of the PCC minute agreeing the project.Required to provide a project plan. Guidelines on ‘Writing a Project Plan’ are enclosed with the application form.If the application is for a grant towards employment costs, a copy of the job description is requiredProjects which fall in this category may be funded up to 2/3 of the total cost; however, the Committee expects applications to be at least 1/3 match funded from other sources.Large Grants: over £10,000Extended application formRequired to provide a copy of the PCC minute agreeing the project.Required to provide a project plan. Guidelines on ‘Writing a Project Plan’ are enclosed with the application form.If the application is for a grant towards employment costs, a copy of the job description is requiredProjects which fall in this category may be funded up to 1/2 of the total cost; however, the Committee expects applications to be at least 1/2 match funded from other sources.Match FundingMatch funding requirements for each level of grant are listed above, however if your project satisfies criteria for both the Mission Fund and the Transformation Fund, match funding can be sourced between the two.If you would like your application to be considered for both funds, you must provide a covering letter stating this request and briefly detailing why your project satisfies the criteria for both sources.Help & AdviceIn completing the application form is available from the Diocesan CentreTel: 01874 623 716 Email: diocese.swanbrec@churchinwales.org.ukMore information is available here.The Writing a Project Plan is available here.The Small Grant application form can be downloaded here.The Medium-Large Grant application form is available here.

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