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Welcome to the page for the Diocesan Mission Fund ("DMF"). The DMF exists to encourage people around the diocese to start mission focused activities, by providing some or all of the funds which are required to get projects going.

What will the DMF give grants for?

Any deanery, benefice or parish in the Diocese of Coventry can apply for grants.

The DMF's priorities are projects which are:

  • Missional: Aimed at making "New Christians and Disciples".
  • New / Pioneering: New ways to serve people or areas not currently reached by the Church.  Grants are usually given to help start new projects.
  • Sustainable: Practically 'do-able' with a good chance of success and, if applicable, able to be sustained long term.  This includes having local support for the project and may include having plans for long term funding when the grant from the DMF is used up.

For more information, please read the DMF's Priorities and Practicalities.


At the meeting of the Bishop's Council on 25 June 2019, it was agreed that:

“Mission fund criteria are amended to ensure all new mission fund applications demonstrate that due regard has been given to how the intended work will target new disciples from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME) and/or work developing children and young people as well as supporting at least one of the diocesan shared objectives.”

How to apply

Grants of £2,500 or less
To apply for £2,500 or less, please use the application in the document library on the right panel. Please provide as much detail as you can.

Grants of more than £2,501 
To apply for more than £2,501, please use the application in the document library on the right panel.This is a more detailed application form, requiring more detail and a project plan in some case. 

All applications will be considered by the Diocesan Mission Fund Committee. Applications for larger amounts will be required to be authorised by Bishop's Council.

Help and advice
If you would like to talk to someone before making an application or have any questions about the fund, please feel free to get in touch. Please contact Joanne Swain, the Governance & Grants officer and Secretary to the DMF Committee on 024 7652 1309 or by email to missionfund@covcofe.org

Feedback reports

Projects which are given grants must report back on how the project has gone.  This is done so that:

  • Stories from projects can be used to encourage other people
  • Future applicants can learn from past successes and failures
  • So that the DMF can explain what the money given to it is used for

Please use this form for your reports.  The best time for reports to be sent is different for different projects, so please see the letter which confirms the approval of your grant for more information.