Growth Fund

Due to the uncertainty created by the current Corona Virus pandemic, the Growth Fund is currently not accepting any new applications.

Tier 1 & Micro Grants – No applications will be considered until further notice.

Tier 2 – No new applications will be considered until further notice. Existing projects in years 1 and 2 of their funding should submit their feedback forms as usual, in order to release the next tranche of funding. Projects in year 3 of their funding who were considering applying for extension funding should contact the Growth Fund administrator.

Any questions or concerns relating to the Growth Fund should be communicated to Phil Leech, Temporary Gowth Fund Administrator, eiher by email ( or by phone (07535 144416)

The Diocese of Leicester created this fund to grow the Kingdom of God in three ways:

  • Number of Disciples of Jesus
  • Depth of Discipleship
  • Loving Service of the World

Grants can be in one off payments of up to £5,000 or for up to £45,000 over 3-5 years.

Since 2013 we have given out a total of £2,016,481.44 in 419 grants. 

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

- Matthew Chapter 13 Verses 31-32

The vision for the Growth Fund is taken from Matthews Gospel in The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast. We hope to see this growth in every church in The Diocese of Leicester.

For more details, please go to the relevant Tier 1, Tier 2 pages or Micro Grant page.

Please note: We are currently reorganising the Growth Fund as the Growth Fund Administrator post is currently vacant and are currently unable to accept applications for new Tier 2 Grants. We will update the website as soon as we’re in a position to receive new Tier 2 applications.

What is the Growth Fund?

The Growth Fund is separated into two tiers, each has a different set of criteria:

Please go to the relevant Tier 1 and Tier 2 pages for more infomation.

Who can apply?

Any Anglican Church, Fresh Expression or Church Partnership in Leicestershire can apply. Church partnerships applying for projects together is also encouraged.

Unfortunately, we cannot fund charities or non-Anglican churches unless it is through the partnership of an Anglican church.

What do we fund?

We fund any kind of project that aims to grow the church in these three ways:

  • Number of Disciples of Jesus
  • Depth of Discipleship
  • Loving Service of the World

We have funded Messy Churches, Youth Workers, Praise Events, Food Banks and so many other things.

We accept all new kinds of ideas as long as mission is at the heart of every project.

What is the application process?

There are many opportunities to apply for both of the Tiers throughout the year. Most importantly, we are here to help throughout the process. All the deadline dates are displayed in the relevant webpages.


Support is available throughout the process. Please don’t let any part of this process put you off! A wide range of resources is available to help applicants. The Growth Fund Committee is keen to help those who are considering applying discern what God is calling them to in their context. For both Tier 1 and Tier 2 grants the Growth Fund Support Officer is available to provide support and guidance. From a brief phone call to meeting up to chat through your vision a key part of the Support Officer’s role is to help you think through the specifics of what God might be calling you to, and what that looks like in a Growth Fund application form. Please get in touch with Phil Leech, see contact details below.

Who Are We?

Phil Leech, temporary Growth Fund Administrator – working hours, Friday: 9am -4:30pm.

Email: T: 0116 2615544

The Growth Fund Committees are made up of a wide range of Christians from different backgrounds, with differing expertise and from across the county and city.

There are separate Tier 1 and Tier 2 Committees who deal with the different applications. There is some overlap on each committee, please see the list of Committee members by clicking on the links below.

Tier 1 Committee

Tier 2 Committee

For more details, please go to the relevant Tier 1, Tier 2 pages or Micro Grant page.

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