Ely 2025 Mission Fund

The Funds

Ely 2025 Mission Fund has two seed corn funds. Both of these funds will only support new mission initiatives. The rebadging of existing work will not be successful. The focus of any application needs to be on people rather than on equipment.

Please note: Both funds were fully committed for 2018 and we are not accepting new applications at this stage. An announcement regarding 2019 will be made early this year. We expect this announcement to be made in March.

The Local Mission Project Fund

For the past three years the Local Mission Project Fund provided up to £1000 of one off seed corn funding annually.

To encourage more one off project awards we have now increased this upper level to £3000. The wide variety of projects that this fund can support can be seen in the recently published report.

For greater scrutiny applications will in future be considered by a Local Mission Project Fund (LMPF) committee. The LMPF Committee will include the Director of Mission & the Chair of the Council for Mission plus two other members of Bishop's Council.

The Growth Fund

Awards range from £3000-£20,000 annually each year and can be for up to three years. More could be made available but only in exceptional circumstances.

Applications to this fund will generally expect matched funding.

One off grants of up to £5,000 may be offered where no matched funding is available but are limited to areas of economic deprivation where there is outstanding evidence of a significant missional opportunity. Such applications will need wide ranging support and a convincing strategy for ongoing funding.

Where funding is awarded for more than one year the funding for subsequent years will taper downwards.

Training will be provided so that projects can be as fruitful as possible. Once successful, applicants will be trained in target setting and in measuring the development of the project to ensure they are achieving agreed outcomes.

Where applications include an element of employment the core group of the sponsoring body will be required to attend two days training in Line Management.


  1. The Growth Fund committee will meet once a term
  2. The Growth Fund Committee is accountable to Bishop's Council annually. A review of the operation of the Fund will take place within five years by an experienced consultant from outside the diocese.
  3. The Governance needs to be sufficiently streamlined to enable speed in decision-making
  4. For each applicant the Growth Fund will award a project friend who will accompany that project, providing a first port-of-call, point of accountability and reference.
  5. The Committee will want to encourage projects sufficiently similar to one another to 'partner' and learn from one anothers' experience, and also encourage projects with relevant experience to provide mentoring assistance to 'younger' projects of a similar kind.
  6. Monitoring of ongoing central costs (eg of H.R. support, administration) will need to be part of the remit of a Growth Fund Committee
  7. Administration and training built into the system will together not account for more than five percent of the total money available.
  8. This is a designated fund. Reports will be made available to Bishop's council three times a year.

Growth Fund Committee


  • The Bishop of Ely or of Huntingdon


  • The Diocesan Secretary


  • Archdeacon of Cambridge
  • Archdeacon of Huntingdon
  • Director of Mission
  • Director of Ministry

Co-opted Members

  • The Rural Dean and Lay chair from whose deanery the application is made.
  • Other members with relevant skills or experience to the particular application will be co-opted so that the process is well informed.
  • The group will need to have at least seven members present in order to be quorate.
  • The Growth Fund administrator will in the first instance be the Head of the Programme Management Office