Supporting documents for fundraising activity
In addition to writing a Fundraising Strategy (see section 1), your PCC may also need to produce further documents in order to make a compelling case for funding.
Statement of Significance - this captures why your building is so important that it merits public or private funding; also what elements need careful consideration in any redevelopment scheme. This is part of the faculty process. It is also recognised by some funders as an essential document to include in applications.
Statement of Need - required as part of the faculty process for particular work affecting the building and/or contents and also really helpful to define what’s needed, why and why now.
- Community audit – it’s essential that any funding application responds to identified (and evidenced) need in the community, congregation and/or building, depending on the grant funders’ criteria. This can sometimes be called an external audit.
Also, consider local authority research and plans, for example, Neighbourhood Plans or Local Plans. Evidence on needs may already be gathered, or your church building could form part of the Plan. See the 'Local Support' section of this Fundraising Guide for more information on local authority support.
- Case for Support - A ‘Case for Support’ is a clear, compelling and concise argument that convinces the potential funders of your need for help. It is often used when planning project activity, whereas a Statement of Need is used for church building projects. However, for any building project, it’s also useful to read guidance on producing a Case for Support as it’s written in a different style to gain funders’ support. For guidance, see Parish Resources toolkit 7 – click on link to ‘Case for Support'
- Business plan
- A skills-share initiative may find a business person with the right skills for free. See the 'Local Links' page of this Fundraising Guide for information about 'skills-share'
- A 'How-to' Guide is available from the National Community Voluntary Organisation
- A 'How-to' Guide on making a business case for your project is available from The Prince's Regeneration Trust
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