Directory: Churches and People

Transformation Fund

The Diocese of Lincoln Transformation Fund provides grants to help churches launch new missional initiatives or significantly develop existing projects that will help transform lives across greater Lincolnshire.

Purpose of the Transformation Fund
The fund gives churches, parishes, benefices, mission communities, deaneries or church-affiliated groups (all connected to the diocese) the opportunity to develop projects that will help them express more effectively God’s mission in the community they serve, leading to growth in numbers, growth in discipleship or growth in service.

Aims of the Transformation Fund
The fund will help churches to growth-related action in three priority areas:

Faithful worship – growth in the number of people worshiping Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour 
Confident discipleship – growth in the depth of Christian faith and spirituality, learning to be followers of Jesus Christ and become more like him
Joyful service – growth in serving the church and local community.

These three areas of the diocesan mission statement will enable this statement to be lived out, to be a healthy, vibrant and sustainable church, transforming lives in greater Lincolnshire.

The enabling priorities of the diocese will also be supported locally.

Ministry – the development and growth of individual gifts and vocations, including children’s workers, administrators, ALMs, etc.
Administration and governance – developing and improving communication and building stronger administration in local contexts
Partnership – the development of local partnerships to allow mission and ministry development to flourish, including work with schools.

Values of the Transformation Fund

  • Growth

  • Projects are prayerfully considered

  • Projects are researched and evidence based

  • The fund will encourage parishes to take considered risks

  • Projects are well thought out (considered)

  • Good stewardship 

  • Transformation.

Tier 1
Tier 1 is designed to help churches quickly progress their ideas. Applications can be made at any time of the year by completing the two-sided application form. Tier 1 is up to the sum of £500 as a one-off payment.   

Download the Tier 1 information leaflet

Download the Tier 1 application form

Tier 2
Tier 2 grants are made between the sums of £500£5000. These significant grants may be used in a variety of ways to develop the mission and ministry in the local church and community. Tier 2 grants will be considered quarterly during the year.

Application deadline dates
Thursday, 30th November 2017
Monday, 12th February 2018
Monday, 14th May 2018
Tuesday, 28th August 2018
Monday, 12th November 2018

Download the Tier 2 information leaflet

Download the Tier 2 application form

Other useful documents
Download Bishop Christophers letter
Download the Theological Resource to help engage with the Transformation Fund
Download the Frequently Asked Questions sheet

For further information, please contact Richard Steel by calling (01522) 50 40 50 or by emailing