THE Allchurches Trust has made new grants totalling £298,850 to 100 churches and Christian charities based across the UK and Ireland.
The latest wave of funding announced earlier this month supported a wide range of refurbishment and community-focused initiatives.
From bell ringing to community cafes, all projects demonstrated their intention to bring communities together while simultaneously fostering new talents.
Allchurches Trust supports the repair, restoration, protection and improvement of church buildings, cathedrals and other places of Christian worship, especially where those changes support wider community use.
Among the latest round of beneficiaries was St Clement’s Church, in Cambridge, which received a £5,000 grant to promote and preserve the art of bell ringing.
The project, which aims to recruit and teach a new generation of bell ringers, will help to create a bell ringing centre in the tower, with a new ringing chamber and six new bells.
The church, once at risk of closure, will subsequently raise the profile of this traditional art and invite people of all ages to join.
Separately, Urban Church, in the Cheshire town of Warrington, received a £5,000 grant from Allchurches Trust to complete refurbishments to the building to make its community café fully operational.
The new facility will be the hub of the community, supporting people in a disadvantaged area to access food, pastoral support, and address the increasing issues of loneliness and isolation which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Allchurches Trust’s grants also equip Christian charities and churches to help the most vulnerable and tackle social issues, including homelessness, poverty, climate change and cultural cohesion.
It also provides funding for projects that support church growth and leadership while simultaneously sharing the Christian faith.
To discover whether a project associated with your church could be eligible for an Allchurches Trust grant, log onto https://www.allchurches.co.uk .