Another million pounds added to funding pot as Growing Lives re-opens for applications
12 MAY 2020
The Growing Lives grants programme has re-opened after a brief pause, with a new application form and another million pounds of funding up for grabs.
More than 100 churches and Christian charities have already benefited from more than a million pounds of funding through Allchurches Trust’s Growing Lives grants programme since May 2019, helping them to connect with young people in the community. With continuing high demand for grants under the programme, Allchurches has made another million pounds of dedicated funding available in 2020.
The aim of the Growing Lives programme is to equip and empower churches and Christian charities to engage more young people more regularly, forging lasting relationships that provide opportunities for individual, family, church and community flourishing. Projects supported under the programme so far include:
Growing Hope King’s Cross, London
The team at Growing Hope has been looking at ways they can increase the positive impact they can make on the lives of children. They wanted to provide a free physiotherapy unit alongside their occupational therapy services, to support children with additional needs.
An Allchurches’ Growing Lives £10,500 grant has enabled them to put this plan into action. In 2019, they were able to help one child with a course of physiotherapy and 57 children received occupational therapy. Each child had a six-week block of weekly sessions to support them to reach their goals and every child made significant progress over the sessions. Allchurches’ funding will help Growing Hope to build on this work.
Sorted Church ‘Fresh Expressions’ Project
This project led by young people FOR young people is a Church of England programme that began in North Bradford to reach young people and build relationships to empower them.
Sorted Church spend time with children in schools and on the streets – listening to their thoughts, worries and aspirations. They work in incredibly disadvantaged communities, offering hope and ‘life bringing change’ and Allchurches provided £6,700 Growing Lives funding to support their work.
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the team at the Fresh Expressions project has been struggling to connect with young people in the usual way, but the Allchurches’ grant has enabled them to buy technical equipment for disadvantaged young people, ensuring they can stay connected.
Tracy Milne, Reverend of Sorted Youth Church, said: “Young people in lockdown is resulting in more mental health issues and we’re working to help and support them on the phone and through online meetings. The generous grant from Allchurches Trust has enabled us to buy the equipment needed to help keep them connected and more able to face the reality and challenges of confinement.”
Grants of up to £25,000 are available through Growing Lives, covering between 10% and 80% of project cost, depending on the level of need in the community. You can find out more and find the new bespoke application form on the Growing Lives webpage.