Doing A New Thing


See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

(Isaiah 43.19 TNIV)

This information is designed to help you if you are undetaking a new initiative in your church or circuit. This could be a property project, a personnel project or a mixture of the two, but in all cases it needs to be well planned and it is hoped the information included will help you in this.

Setting up your Project

The Setting up your Project booklet will help you move from an initial idea to a set of aims, objectives and targets that can form the basis of your project and a bid to any funder. It also helps you put systems in place to enable successful monitoring and evaluation.

Projects & Funding

Details of the support that is available from The Methodist Church can be found on the Methodist Church website.

Project Evaluation

The Project Evaluation leaflet details the Evaluation Reports required by projects funded by Northampton District.

District Advance Fund

The District Advance Fund (DAF) provides grants for personnel and property projects that develop new work and/or further the mission of the church in line with the District’s Criteria for Grants. The criteria for grants are outlined in the DAF Guidance Notes and all applications need to be accompanied by an Application Form.

NB. Guidance Notes and Application Form were updated in January 2007

Please note that all applications need to be preceded by a visit by the District Mission Enabler

Applications for DAF grants should be submitted to the District Treasurer by:

  • 15th November - for money to be made available following approval at the Spring District Synod
  • 31st May - for money to be made available following approval at the Autumn District Synod

The Evaluation Reports required for DAF grants are outlined in the Project Evaluation leaflet.

Lay Training

The District is able to make small grants towards training for lay people. Details of the criteria for making an application for a grant and the information that is required are outlined in the Lay Training Grants leaflet.

The Evaluation Reports required for lay training grants are outlined in the Project Evaluation leaflet.

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