A part of the Tier 1 Grants, the Growth Fund offers Microgrants for specific events relevant to the church. Events we have funded in the past include celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday in 2016 and Thy Kingdom Come week.

These are small amounts of funding which can help churches connect to the local community through recognising these opportunities to celebrate, remember or reflect.

This section is updated so please see below for the current Microgrants which are available. These are sometimes considered outside of the Tier 1 meetings and so you may receive funding sooner than the usual process.

These have less paperwork and are for grants between £250 - £500.

 Follow the Star Microgrants
Deadline: (12pm) 11th November 2019
Maximum amount: £500

We are encouraging churches to take part in this year’s Follow the Star Campaign, run by the Church of England. This is a great way to invest in resources and events to spread the gospel to your local community this Christmas. 

Please see the Follow the Star Webpage for more information.

See the list of ideas below on how to take part:

  • Give away Follow the Star information at Christmas services and to local schools, this could include the booklets, leaflets, bookmarks etc. See https://www.churchprinthub.org/default.aspx?cat=450 for details.
  • Order a large light up Star for your church building to make your church more visible this Christmas, along with a banner saying when your services are. 
  • Make and decorate biscuit stars to give to people, or decorate cakes with stars. This could include at services, school events, toddler and other outreach activities that you have. Why not also encourage church members to do this at home and give them to people they know with information about Follow the Star.
  • Use the Follow the Star media resources which include PowerPoint templates, social media images and the twitter hashtag #Followthestar etc.

Any example of sharing the gospel while using this Follow the Star Initiative will be accepted!

How to apply: 

Download the application form here and email it to poppy.woods@leccofe.org by the deadline. Please submit the application form in Microsoft Word format and keep any supporting documents in this format. DO NOT convert it to PDF as this makes the process more difficult.

(The applications are looked at as they come in so the sooner you submit, the sooner you will receive the outcome.)

We look forward to receiving your application!

Please see the video below for inspiration:

Any questions regarding these please email the Growth Fund Administrator - Poppy Woods T: 0116 261 5376 poppy.woods@leccofe.org