The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is currently seeking applications for the Faith New Deal Pilot Fund to help support faith-based organisations to use their resources effectively within their community and to build trust between national government, local government and faith groups.
The Faith New Deal pilot fund has been designed to support faith-based organizations build on and expand the good work being carried out locally and to demonstrate the important role they play in tackling and responding to social challenges.
The core aim of the Faith New Deal Pilot Fund is to test and strengthen the nature of engagement between national government, local government and faith groups – providing proof of concept of the role faith groups play in supporting communities to solve local problems.
The Faith New Deal Pilot Fund applicants must demonstrate how they will meet all the following strategic objectives:
- Provide evidence/proof that faith groups, working in partnership, can play a significant and effective role in supporting community cohesion by solving local problems;
- Develop learning and best practice about what support faith organisations and communities need to develop effective partnership working with local public services to deliver support for their local communities
- To inform a Faith Compact, a set of principles for local and national government to work in partnership with faith groups and communities
- mental wellbeing and loneliness
- debt advice
- food poverty
- increasing community engagement through volunteering
- The Faith New Deal Pilot fund will provide up to £ 975,000 for faith groups to apply for to work in partnership with local public services and philanthropists.
- Each project must:
- Demonstrate how it contributes to the aims of the Faith New Deal Pilot Fund
- Seek no more than £ 200,000 and provide details of match funding proposals.
- Be based in England.
- Organizations are eligible to apply if:
- They are a faith-based registered charities, exempt charities, Community Benefit or Community Interest Companies.
- Faith-based organizations that meet all the following criteria as demonstrated by submitting additional supporting documents:
- they are established for charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes
- they have a governing body with at least three members
- they have a governing document which they can produce
- they can provide accounts demonstrating good financial health across both of the last two financial years.
For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/faith-new-deal-pilot-fund/faith-new-deal-pilot-fund-prospectus