What we do Finance Transformation Fund This fund provides grants to help churches launch new missional initiatives or significantly develop existing projects that will help transform lives across greater Lincolnshire. It gives churches, parishes, benefices, 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, along the lines of our three diocesan 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. Priority will be given to projects that develop and grow our ministry, lay and ordained, which help with our administration and governance, such as by developing and improving communication, and which strengthen local partnerships to allow mission and ministry development to flourish, such as in work with schools. We will particularly be looking to help finance projects that promote growth are prayerfully considered are researched and evidence-based encourage parishes to take considered risks are well thought out demonstrate good stewardship will lead to transformation. Grants may be applied for at two levels: Tier 1 – grants are up to £500 in value, and are designed to help churches quickly progress their ideas. Applications can be made at any time of the year by completing a simple application form. Tier 2 – grants are made to a maximum of £5000 in any one year. Because these grants are larger, the application forms require more detail and more rigorous preparation. Applications are considered by the Transformation Fund panel at four meetings each year, and so there are deadlines for the forms to be received, either electronically or in paper form. For 2018 these dates are: 12th May 2018 28th August 2018 12th November 2018 Please submit forms by post to John Leach at the diocesan office or via email. Theological Resources to help engage with the Transformation Fund may be found via this link.