Church Property Appeal Grants Scheme

Church Property Appeal Grants Scheme


Methodist Insurance PLC – Church Property Appeal Grants Scheme


The Board of Methodist Insurance has established a grants scheme to respond to appeals for financial assistance from churches in the Methodist Church in Britain for small projects relating to building restoration, development and repair. The Board has made funds available from the Company’s annual profits for this purpose. In developing the scheme’s criteria, the Board has worked with the Connexional Team to develop a grant scheme which complements the scheme already in operation Connexionally.

The Board recognises and values the local knowledge and expertise of the District Property Secretaries and is keen to involve you in the application process. Edmund Glynn, the Grants Team Leader in the Connexional Team, has suggested that District Property Secretaries are involved to encourage churches and circuits to apply, and to ensure that only appropriate applications are submitted to Methodist Insurance for a decision. To this end, we have included a counter-signature box on the application form for you to sign when an applicant presents a form to you. We would ask that you assess the application against the basic criteria set out below and, more importantly, take into account your local knowledge of Methodist properties. The Board’s grants committee does not have a working, local knowledge of churches to know the state of repair of a church building and we are looking to you to use your local knowledge to help in the grant giving process.

Once the form has been counter-signed by the District Property Secretary, it will be the applicant’s responsibility to submit the application form to Methodist Insurance.

· The application must be from a Methodist church for a grant towards the cost of building restoration, development or repair of a church property. 
· In order to help as many property projects as possible, grants will be made up to a ceiling of £3,000 per application. 
· The scheme will not support projects with a total cost of over £30,000. 
· Applications will not be supported (1) from individuals (unless on behalf of a church); (2) for funding running costs and salaries; or (3) where more than one application from the same applicant has been successful within a 24 month period. 
· Applications must be submitted on the application form, and there is no requirement to include plans and photographs with the application.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the application form.

We thank you, on behalf of the Methodist Insurance Board, in anticipation of your co-operation and assistance. The Board are hopeful that, by making this scheme available to churches in the Methodist community, they will make a difference to those churches that are in need of restoration or repair.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact my colleague, Rachel Skinner (the scheme administrator) on 01452 875508 or email her via
Kevin Thomas
Kevin Thomas FCII,FIRM 
Chartered Insurer
Field Operations Manager 
Direct Field Force 
Direct Tel: (01202) 829377 
Mobile: 07771 910 726