Competition still open for South West churches to win £10,000

Sidmouth Parish Church bell tower. Ref shs 18-16SH 3165. Picture: Simon Horn.

Sidmouth Parish Church bell tower. Ref shs 18-16SH 3165. Picture: Simon Horn. - Credit: Archant

Anglican churches who run community engagement projects could be in with the chance of winning the five-figure top prize.

Churches in the South West are being encouraged to enter into a national competition to win up to £10,000.

Insurance company Ecclesiastical launched the Reaching out, inviting in – churches helping communities scheme in May, to find the best community engagement initiatives run by Anglican churches in the UK.

The competition is aimed at entries managed by a PCC or church council that have enhanced their local communities with projects or activities aimed .

Up to £20,000 in funding is available with a top prize of £10,000 and five sums of £2,000 up for grabs.

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Michael Angell, church operations director at Ecclesiastical, said: “We have been overwhelmed by some of the entries we’ve received. The activities that churches across the country are undertaking to support people in their local communities and the dedication of the people involved in the projects is humbling and inspirational.”

Entries so far received have included lunch clubs, language classes or running services such as post offices or soft play areas. Churches can enter any activity they have organised in the past 12 months

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Mr Angell added: “If a church is still considering whether they should enter or not, we would like to remind them that we are not only looking for the big projects carried out by huge congregations, but any initiatives that have enabled a church of any size to build links with their local community and support those in need. “

The competition is open until August 31.

Application forms for the competition are available online at

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