About the Fund
Information about the Church of Scotland's Pioneer Mission Fund.
The Pioneer Mission Fund aims to support local church growth, with a particular emphasis on church planting and establishing 100 new worshipping communities. Established following an instruction from the General Assembly 2021, it will initially draw its funding from central resources. We are encouraging wide-ranging support from individuals, businesses and outside bodies going forward.
The fund is open to applications between the latter part of April and September 2022 with assessments being made in monthly meetings between June and December or until the monies are exhausted.
The fund will have an initial £100,000 made available from central resources in this and additional years. Arrangements are being made to welcome additional resources from external sources once the fund has been launched.
Applications can be made for grants of up to £10,000 for projects of between 6 months and 2 years' duration.
Further information is available on our how to apply page.
How the Fund is Managed
The Pioneer Mission Fund is managed through the Grants Unit of the Office of Assembly Trustees.
Assessment and awards are made through a volunteer panel comprised of representatives with particular skills and expertise in Pioneer Mission, representatives from the Faith Nurture Forum and those with experience in grants management and evaluation.
Contributing to the Fund
The Fund encourages monies wider than central resources to be donated from individuals, businesses and outside bodies. Work has been undertaken to ensure that due diligence is in place to ensure that additional monies coming into the Fund are designated in the correct and proper manner.
The intention is that monies will be pooled into the central fund for distribution to successful grant applicants. None of this money will be used to support the Fund's administration. Further details on how to support the Pioneer Mission Fund can be found by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org