To meet all of our current obligations properly, we would need to raise around £600 per day, although some of this could be through grants. Our actual income is around £200 per day. In addition, we would love to employ a parish administrator and a youth worker, but of course, that would mean extra expense!
Our current expenditure falls into the following areas, covering ministry and buildings:
A fuller explanation of the Parish Share system is available on request, but essentially, Parish Share represents the cost of clergy to the parish. This is a full apportioned cost of a full-time clergyperson, i.e. includes stipend, NI contributions, pension, housing costs, a share of the costs of training new clergy and a small element of administration. 1 full-time clergy currently costs the parish £60,000 if paid for in full. This parish benefits from the equivalent of 1 + ⅓ full-time clergy, i.e. £80,000. We currently pay just £30,000 towards this and so benefit from ‘mutual support’ from other churches in the Diocese to the tune of £50,000.
Parish work and life running costs
This includes items needed for worship, schools work, any kind of outreach project, clergy and volunteer expenses, office costs and so on. Our own charitable giving would come under this heading, as would the longed for parish administrator and youthworker if we were ever in a position to afford them!
Buildings running costs
We have gas, electricity, oil, water and insurance bills to pay, as well as other household consumables (such as lightbulbs and loo rolls!). Small repair works come under this heading too.
Buildings capital projects – major repairs and development
This includes anything from roof repair to installing loos. For any work like this permission needs to be sought from church authorities.
It is under this heading that it is possible to apply for grants from other funding bodies, such as Heritage Lottery Fund. However, success is not guaranteed, and applicants need to match fund to at least 5%, with greater chance of success the higher amount you are able to find elsewhere or direct fundraise for.
Grade 1 listed buildings are easier to find grant monies for than Grade 2* or Grade 2. We have three grade 1 buildings, two grade 2 and two unlisted.