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Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu To Launch £1m Church Urban Fund Together Grants Programme

Church Urban Fund

Tuesday 18th February 2014

ON Wednesday 19 February 2014, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu will visit a Church Urban Fund supported project in Durham, Handcrafted, to launch a new £1m Together Grants programme, from the Church Urban Fund.


The new £1m Together Grants programme will be available each year to resource church and Christian projects tackling poverty in England, so they can work more effectively and sustainably with those most in need, to transform lives.

Handcrafted is a Christian project that provides tailored training to help people disadvantaged by crime, unemployment, alcohol or substance abuse, to find a job and also serves the local community by providing affordable repairs. 

Archbishop John Sentamu said “The Church of England can be very proud of the Church Urban Fund and the work that is done to support the poorest in our society.  I am delighted to launch this new £1m Together Grants programme. We are called to bring good news to the poor and the Church Urban Fund helps make this a reality”.

Paul Hackwood, Chair of Church Urban Fund said “Poverty is so much more than simply a lack of money; it is a lack of the relationships that create human flourishing. We work through the church to provide a network of support for those who are excluded, that empower the poorest and most marginalised to take their proper place in society – Handcrafted is a great example of this work”.

Over the last couple of years Church Urban Fund has set up the Together Network, to coordinate and resource church activities tackling poverty, area by area.  Church Urban Fund is supported by churches and Christians across the country, who give money, pray and volunteer. The charity has so far raised and invested around £70m in church projects tackling poverty, since 1987. 

Photography of the Archbishop’s visit to Handcrafted Project will be available at or contact Jenny Baker at email:



Church Urban Fund

Church Urban Fund is an agent of the Church of England and is about Christians tackling poverty together to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised in England. It was established in 1987.

Church Urban Fund works with over 300 community projects. These projects offer debt counselling, family support, children’s after-school and breakfast clubs, parenting advice, addiction advice and residential treatment, mental health support, food banks, help with re-housing, advocacy, befriending and mentoring with young people, job clubs and skills training, community development and support for elderly or disabled people. For further information please go to


Together Grants will be awarded from 1st March 2014. Grant criteria and guidance can be found on the Church Urban Fund website, along with information about where to get an application form from




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