Diocese waiting to hear about major new project...

11th December 2017

What is Strategic Development Funding?

It is this time of year that applications to the Church of England’s Strategic Development Fund are assessed.  The Diocese of Sheffield has an exciting application for an innovative youth and children’s project being considered. 

Strategic Development Funding is given by the Church Commissioners to support major change projects which lead to a significant difference in dioceses’ mission and financial strength. It is only available to dioceses and the projects must be demonstrated to fit with their strategic plans.

The funding is already supporting many transformational work programmes, including in Sheffield were the Mission Partnership Development Workers were enabled by the SDF to grow a sustainable network of Christ-like lively and diverse Christian communities in every place.

This new bid, which is a major extension and enhancement of the Centenary Project, will be the second one that the Sheffield Diocese has made.  The project has already received a smaller capacity building grant to resource making the fuller bid.  Strategic Capacity Funding is finance available to dioceses who want to build their capacity to develop and deliver their strategic plans.

The Church Commissioners have released the money which is used for Strategic Development Funding while The Archbishops’ Council is responsible for deciding the principles for its use. The Council has created the Strategic Investment Board to make decisions on grant applications among other matters.

The diocese hopes to hear the outcome of the bid any day now.  If successful, it will inject £1.8 million into youth, children and families work across parishes.  Going forward, the diocese has a line of potential projects that could be used to bid for further SDF funding.  These ideas are discussed at the Bishop’s staff meetings, Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod.

Read more about the Centenary Project SDF bid in a blog from Mike North, Children & Young People's Adviser.

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