The purpose of the grants is to develop and enhance meeting houses. These improvements should serve meetings' worship. They should also inspire the local community to value and enjoy Quaker premises.
What is the fund for?The Sawell Family Fund makes small grants of up to £5,000 to meetings during the development phase of any work. It can help pay for advice and feasibility work. This sort of work will support Friends with the threshing and discernment process involved in making big decisions about a meeting house. Meetings might wish to make decisions about:
- improvements to their property
- the purchase a new property
- finding new ways of involving the community in using and enjoying the meeting house
- employing managing agents to run and look after the building.
How much can meetings apply for?
Meetings may apply for grants of up to £5,000. They may apply for three grants over a five year period.
What could a grant cover?
A grant could cover:
- architects' and designers' fees
- planners' fees
- community engagement advisors' fees
- procurement advice when considering employing managing agents to help run and look after the building.
To apply for a grant please read the guidance and answer the questions on the Sawell Family Fund guidance and application form (Word).
Once the grant has been spent we will ask you to complete a simple progress report (Word).