Children and Young People (CYP) Fund

The Children and Young People (CYP) Fund aims to support ideas that will give children and young people lifelong encounters with Jesus; grants can fund anything from resources and trips, to food and practical supplies.

It's ambition is provide a base from which small projects and ministry can build up and be linked to the Diocesan Called Together Framework. The fund has been made possible through the significant financial support of Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust.

Who has it helped already?

Thanks to a grant from the CYP Fund, the Loaves and Fishes group at St Mary’s Church, Chalk, was able to purchase a box full of friendly puppets, theatre and curtain rail to offer a friendly, if fuzzy, face to new people in the area and particularly families.

“People seem to love puppets.” says the Rev Nigel Bourne, Vicar of St Mary: “I’ve always found they are a really good way to get people’s interest.”  Without the fund Nigel says they would have had to have been more cautious about getting started.

Now though, the puppets are going down so well, they are making appearances at some of the church’s main services: “Some of our teenage members are helping to work the puppets, and so the puppets are even starting to support our ministry to our young adults too!”

Your project

There will be a strong emphasis on reaching the local and immediate community with a Christian ethos behind the work of the project, demonstrating the love of Christ and following Jesus’ example of enabling people to be complete and have an identity in Christ. 

Applicants must show a desire to think beyond programmes and activities by a more systematic approach integrating the wider community, understanding the characteristics and ethos of the community alongside being realistic about objectives, time frames and scope for sustainability, alongside being linked to the Diocesan “Called Together” Framework.

The Diocese and its leadership will look for areas of consistency and the areas where further development work & resource is needed within children and young people ministry, communities where deprivation and the marginalised suffer due to a lack of resource, advice and support.

What could be funded?

Projects that could be considered are discipleship, transformation, vocation, participation and raising low aspiration & self-esteem.  Our vision is to Grow, Enrich and Resource our communities, giving our children and young people hope, identity and a lifelong encounter with Jesus Christ.

Grants can be made from £1,000 - £5,000. The next deadlines for appplications are:

  • 6th March 2020.  Panel decision by 19th March
  • 5th June 2020.  Panel decision by 17th June
  • 11th September 2020.  Panel decision 23rd September
  • 5th November 2020.  Panel decision by 24th November

All applications must be sent to the address below (preferably by email) -

Mrs Sarah Cabella,
CYP Fund Administrator,
Diocesan Office,
St Nicholas Church, Boley Hill, Rochester.  ME1 1SL.
Tel: 01634 560024

To apply for the fund and for more information, please see the documentation below. 


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