Urban Issues

As a Diocese we want to facilitate a wide network of projects, groups, churches and individuals working on relevant issues of concern to world, church and community

We also provide the link to the funding of projects that benefit poor communities or groups through the Church Urban Fund. The Urban Officer can assist applicants at all stages in preparing a proposal for funding as well as being the channel through which it is submitted.

We also want to support those working alongside the residents of the urban priority areas of this Diocese. To do this we have established a network of workers who meet from time to share experience from our communities and develop our thinking about urban issues as well as organising occasional conferences on topics of interest.

The Urban Officer is keen to meet anyone who would like to consult about any aspect of urban mission in their own context..

Contact the Church Urban Officer: The Revd Peter Howard on 01603 738835 or peter.howard@dioceseofnorwich.org

 

Church Urban Fund

The Church Urban Fund was set up by the Church of England after the Faith in the City Report in the 1980's. The Fund was established to help local churches and communities set up projects to engage with the challenge of poverty.

Many good projects have been set up through the scheme including several in the Diocese. The money for this fund has now run out but the need remained so CUF set out on a new fund raising drive. This has attracted some large donors who valued the Church Urban Fund's expertise and local networks in the Dioceses. The outcome was the introduction of a new funding opportunity, originally called the Mustard Seed Grant and now the 'Together Grant'.

This is a small grant to make things happen quickly. The maximum grant of £5000 must be a least a third of the total project cost and spent over a maximum period of a year. It's a great way for churches and groups with a Christian input to engage with poverty where they are. The Diocesan Link Officer (Revd. Canon Peter Howard) is the first port of call and he can assist with the application as well as being responsible for forwarding it to the Church Urban Fund in London. Applications have no deadlines and are dealt with in a few weeks of being received.

 

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Imagine Norfolk Together is part of the Together Network set up by Church Urban Fund. 

This network of local relational partnerships work with churches, national and local government, charities and foundations, as well as individual supporters, to bring about positive change in communities. 

The Together Network aims to develop capacity for action at a local level, and to inform, inspire, resource and support local churches and organisations, as they work to address issues of social justice and relationships between communities.

The Together Network aims to develop capacity for action at a local level by:

  • increasing the number of church-based social activities, in order to create effective responses to poverty and build strong, flourishing communities.
  • strengthening people's capacity to take effective action to tackle poverty.
  • developing partnerships and collaborative working between churches and with other organisations, in order to encourage joined-up activities and innovative thinking

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