It's exciting for us to hear that some churches have already started making changes under their small grants. For example, the main church lighting at St James Clerkenwell is now energy efficient, including their stunning Tom Dixon chandelier.
The windows in the hall at Holy Redeemer have had secondary glazing fitted, and the lighting designer at St Mark's Clerkenwell has started work. Progress!
Obviously, some projects will take much longer to get started, if they require designing and then going through the faculty/planning processes, but it's great to see the first few get going.
Strategic match-funding received from Allchurches Trust
Because we were so heavily over-subscribed, Cloudesley applied to Allchurches Trust for strategic match-funding for the Sustainable Church Buildings Project and have been successful in gaining a grant of £45,000 to administer alongside our own £442,000. This means we will be able to help more of the churches who submitted a large grant expression of interest (although unfortunately still not all).
Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities. In 2017, Allchurches Trust gave £15.6 million to churches, charities and communities. The Allchurches money will sit alongside our grants, and will be administered by Cloudesley. Critically, the churches receiving it will still be eligible to apply to Allchurches directly for other unrelated projects.
Sustainable Church Buildings Project wins an award!
The Islington Sustainable Church Buildings Project has been awarded a prize by the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN).
The project has been awarded second place in the 2018 ECEN Roman Juriga Award, which recognises inspirational innovation in church environmental projects across Europe. The prize includes an invitation to accept the award at the ECEN Assembly in October 2018, as well as 1000 Euros.
You can read more about this on the Diocese of London website here.