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Counting Visitors
ExploreChurches are working hard to represent our wonderful national collection of incredible churches to the tourism industry. They are talking to both national and regional tourism bodies, developing a variety of regional landing pages and festival landing pages on ExploreChurches. These make it easy for regional tourism bodies to link to and share content, and therefore promote your churches.

Revision to National Church Trust Foundation Grant
Important News for Churches. The National Churches Trust has doubled the upper limit for project costs under this grant programme and will now accept applications for works costing up to £20,000 excluding VAT. They will offer grants of up to 50% of project costs.

Take part in the Minority Anglican Project
The Minority Anglican Project is a large-scale research project that aims to explore and learn from the experiences of minority ethnic Anglicans in the Church. A collaboration between the Church of England – Birmingham and the Cadbury Centre, in the School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion at the University of Birmingham, the project is directed by Dr Andrew Davies, Director of the Cadbury Centre with Revd Dr Sharon Prentis and will be run by Cognitive Psychologist Dr Sanjee Perera.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Nominate a deserving voluntary group for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service This is the highest award that can be given to voluntary groups across the UK, and you could help more Leicestershire groups win this prestigious award. So, if you know of a deserving group, perhaps because you have benefitted from their service, then why not nominate them now!

Together Leicester Community Gifts
The Diocese of Leicester (Board of Finance) has announced a £60,000 fund for gifts to community organisations nominated by their local church. Gifts of £5-10K will be given to projects/organisations will be given to projects/organisations meeting the criteria and nominations must be submitted by the end of September 2019.

Get involved with Ride+Stride 2019
Ride+Stride is an annual church open day and sponsored event organised by the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust and around 35 other county Trusts in England and Wales. It raised over £35,000 for churches and chapels in Leicester and Leicestershire last year – and more than £1m nationwide.

Sight Loss Friendly Church
Torch have just launched a new initiative Sight Loss Friendly Church and are inviting churches to sign up. Torch is the only Christian charity dedicated to sight loss in the UK and have 60 years of experience.

St Margaret’s Church and Age UK – £10,000 Challenge
St Margaret’s Church in the city has partnered with AGE UK Leicester Shire & Rutland to raise £10,000 by Christmas 2019 in donations of Clothing, Books, DVD’s, Bric a Brac and Furniture. AGE UK is the largest supplier of services and support across the whole of Leicester and Leicestershire to those people over the age of 50 who are suffering the most through the last 7 years of austerity.

New grants programme: Growing lives
New funding to support work with children and young people launches today! Allchurches Trust has launched a new grants programme – Growing Lives – aimed at helping churches and Christian organisations throughout the UK and Ireland to connect with children and young people and forge lasting links with families in their local area.

Does everyone in your congregation have the opportunity to give generously?
In 2017 the number of people paying by cash fell below the number paying by debit or credit card. The number of cash machines is falling, especially in rural and urban areas, and many machines that used to dispense cash with a charge is also reducing.

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