Last year’s Church of Ireland General Synod approved amendments to what is now called the Church Fabric and Development Fund.
These extend its scope to include the development of initiatives supporting the long–term mission of the Church. The new funding regulations are now in place.
In his Presidential Address to General Synod, the Archbishop of Armagh expressed his hope that the central Church should be seeking to reshape some of its structures so that they may more effectively serve the wider life, outreach and witness of the Church into the long term. The idea behind the changes to the fund is to allow it to be used by parishes and dioceses more widely than before.
The aim of the fund is now threefold:
Application forms for each of the purposes, along with guidance notes which further explain the changes and criteria for grants, are available on the Parish Resources section (Funding & Grants) of the Church of Ireland website: www.ireland.anglican.org/parish-resources