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‘Diocese’ refers to the geographical territory in which a bishop exercises oversight. The Church in Wales is divided into six dioceses each with its own cathedral in which is housed the cathedra (the bishop’s ‘chair’ or ‘throne’).

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Mission grants

Funding Priorities and Practicalities

The Diocesan Funding Committee (DFC) manages applications for the Mission Fund.


The Mission Fund exists to help Ministry Areas 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.

Applications 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 and Ministry Areas to transform the wider community by service that meets local needs. It is hoped that projects will extend the local church’s engagement with people and groups, and introduce Christ in such a way that people may have the opportunity to consider following him.

The Diocese also welcomes applications from projects that have been affected by the Covid pandemic and are looking for funding to help them re-start their activities.

The Mission Fund does not provide funding for building work or refurbishments to church buildings; the Churches and Pastoral Committee has a fund that churches can apply to for building work. The Diocesan Office can also compile reports of external funders that could potentially help you with other funding streams for capital projects. Please contact the Diocesan Office for more details.

Download the Funding Priorities & Practicalities 2022 guide here.

How to apply

There are 4 levels of grant that can be applied for:


Fast Track Grants: £100 - £500

  • Simplified application form

Initiatives with projected costs of between £100 and £500 may be funded up to 100% of the total cost.

Fast track grant application form

Small Grants: £500 - £1,000

  • Required to provide a copy of the PCC minute agreeing the project

Initiatives with projected costs of between £500 and £1,000 may be funded up to 100% of the total cost.

Small grants application form

Medium Grants: £1,001 - £10,000

  • Extended application form
  • Required 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 required

Projects 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.

Medium grant application form

Large Grants: over £10,000

  • Extended application form
  • Required 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 required

Projects 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.

Large grant application form

Help & Advice

If you require any assistance in completing the application form, or have any further questions, help is available from the Diocesan Centre:

Tel: 01874 623 716

Email: diocese.swanbrec@churchinwales.org.uk