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by Helen Clemow last modified 29 Jun, 2020 03:59 PM

The Diocesan Board of Finance and the Diocesan Board of Education are custodian trustees of a large number of charitable trusts for the benefit of individual parishes.

Board of Finance

The Diocesan Board of Finance is Custodian Trustee for a large number of ecclesiastical trusts  including church repair funds, proceeds of sale of halls and other PCC property, Incumbent and Churchwarden’s trusts and funds and parish halls and offices.

The Diocesan Board of Finance Trust Officer also provides informal advice to Incumbents and Churchwardens who are ex-officio trustees of non-ecclesiastical parish charities. These are often for the benefit of the poor of the parish.

For information on PCC Trusts and Incumbent and Churchwardens’ Trusts in your parish please contact:

Board of Education

The Diocesan Board of Education administers those educational trusts for which it is custodian trustee.

Click here for details of the Bishop Wordsworth Educational Trust.


There are also a number of grant giving trusts (including the Erskine Muton Trust Fund) that may be able to help parishes with specific projects that fall within their objects.

The Charity Commission: is an excellent source of guidance to charity trustees.

ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England): provides information and advice on village hall leases, model hiring agreements, licensing etc.

Community Matters: can provide advice for church halls which are leased as community halls in urban areas.

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