Church of Ireland Priorities Fund now open for applications


Priorities Fund

The Church of Ireland Priorities Fund is now open for applications. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 31st October 2017.

The Church of Ireland General Synod Priorities Fund provides resources for growth within the Church of Ireland and the wider community.

In the 37 years since its inception, over 17 million Euros has been distributed in grants.

In Clogher Diocese, three projects were supported by Priorities Fund in 2016. These included Magheraculmoney Parish for the funding of £8,000 for a screened off area at the rear of the side aisle for use as a quiet room to attract more young families for church services, St. Macartin’s Cathedral MU, Enniskillen, for financial assistance towards the installation of new kitchen to serve the needs of the parish(£5,000) and Vortex Youth Group, Monaghan Parish, funding of 10,000 Euros for the provision of comfortable space for the group to meet in the church hall, make friends and grow in faith. These were all funded under the section of Areas of Need.

For applications in 2017, only projects which comply with the criteria are eligible for funding.

There are a number of subject areas where grant aid is paid for projects;
- Training; Lay or Ordained; Post ordination, clergy in-service, lay ministry, youth ministry, children’s ministry and student chaplaincy.
- Christian education; Development of RE in schools, children’s ministry, youth work and adult education.
- Outreach initiatives; To encourage creative and innovative projects which reach out to the communities where parishes serve.
- Innovative ministry in a rural context; To encourage creative and innovative ministry projects in sparsely populated areas of the country in rural or village settings.

The Priorities Fund encourages applications for grants for ‘seed capital’ and applications for grants which will have a significant influence in attracting other funding.

The Fund tries to avoid restoration projects for cathedrals and church buildings or routine renovations and repairs, discourages applications yet at a planning stage or funding for salaries or for financing debts and avoids funding recurrent grant aid.

Application forms for grants can be obtained from Mrs Sylvia Simpson, Priorities Fund Office at Church of Ireland House, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6 DO6 CF67 or by emailing; Tel. 00353 1-4125607.

The forms can also be downloaded from
Completed applications must be submitted by October 31 2017