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Priorities Fund News - 2001


To encourage those engaged in the vital and important work of 'reconciliation and outreach', the Priorities Fund Committee has decided to allocate £100,000 for projects in this area for the next 3 years. This will enable groups to have 'seed-money' to begin and continue projects which reach out into the community at large and promote understanding among people from differing religious, cultural and political backgrounds.

The projects which have been awarded funding in this year for the 3 years 2001-2003 are Derry and Raphoe Action - £15,000, Kill O'the Grange Parish, Dublin - £7,500 for a cross border project, Sixmilecross and Termonmaguirke Parishes, Armagh - £15,000 for an annual community festival celebrating divided cultures, Sydenham Parish, Belfast - £21,000 to tackle social and community problems in East Belfast and the 'Think Again' project of the Diocese of Down and Dromore - £36,000 which seeks to renew the Church in its outworkings in the parishes of the Diocese.

Click here to see a breakdown of 2001 Allocations from 2000 Fund

Click here to see a breakdown of 2000 Fund - Contributions Received


In consultation with the Church of Ireland Youth Department, the Priorities Fund Committee has allocated £45,000 for youth ministry in the Church for 2001. It has been decided that 30-50% of this funding (in consultation with CIYD), will be for projects at a diocesan and parish level, the balance being allocated for CIYD's own projects.


In order to promote the work of the Priorities Fund, the Committee has decided to commission a plaque which indicates that a project has received funding from the Priorities Fund of the Church of Ireland. These will be distributed to projects which have received significant funding from the Priorities Fund over the past 21 years.

It has also been decided that projects which receive ongoing funding will be required to indicate in their literature, publications, press releases and at any official launch of the project, that funding has been received from the Priorities Fund.

The good news is that over 6.5 million pounds has been raised and distributed by the Church of Ireland to many different projects for whom it has made a significant contribution. In order to promote The Priorities Fund, the news and the story is worth promoting and telling.


The Priorities Fund would like to acknowledge with gratitude the receipt of over £21,000 from the estate of the late Mr James Hughes, Enfield, in the Diocese of Meath. We are always pleased to receive such bequests which enable the Priorities Fund to allocate nearly 100% of the funds raised each year and use the invested income to help defray our minimal administrative costs.


In order to enable the publication of allocations from the Priorities Fund to be printed in the current year edition of the Book of Reports presented to General Synod, it has been decided to make the closing date for the receipt of applications for funding the 30th November each year from 2001. This will enable the Committee to allocate funding in February with a final decision from the Standing Committee in March.


We would like to welcome Rev Canon Ian Gallagher from the Diocese of Elphin and Mr Roy Totten from the Diocese of Connor to the Committee and thank the outgoing members Very Rev David Chillingworth and Mrs Sandra Bedlow.


Rev Canon J A A Condell
Killaloe Diocese

Very Rev T R Moore
Clogher Diocese

Mrs J M Bruton
Meath Diocese

Mr H W Young
Armagh Diocese

Mrs A Wills
Tuam Diocese

Rev Canon I Gallagher
Elphin Diocese

Mr H R J Totten
Connor Diocese

Mrs S E Simpson

1980 - 2001

Reconciliation and Outreach - £33,500
Millennium Projects - £45,250
Retirement - £612,317
Areas of Need - £971,850
Community - £1,078,125
Education - £1,739,375
Ministry - £2,128,250

21 Years' Grants Total - £6,608,667


Application Forms for Grants are available from:

The Organiser,
Priorities Fund Office,
Church of Ireland House,
Dublin 6

Email: Priorities Fund

Closing date for receipt of Applications - 30 November each year.

Printed copies of this newsletter are available from the above address.

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