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District Advance Fund (DAF)

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The District Advance Fund (DAF) is available to support schemes which are directed towards mission and may include funding for people, training, research, equipment and property within the London District of The Methodist Church. This policy document sets out the criteria which will be applied to all applications for assistance and the procedure to be followed by churches or circuits that wish to avail themselves of these resources. We wish to encourage extensive and comprehensive use of the financial resources held in the DAF, which are to be enhanced annually by means of the connexional levy from Circuit Advance Funds.

Applications will be considered from district groups or from churches or circuits who have undertaken a review of their 'mission and purpose' in the context of this application.   The review should particularly consider the relevance of the application to District policy. 

For more information please contact Shaun Saunders.

Download the DAF Guidelines for Applicants below.



Priority will be given to:

Assisting those circuits and churches which have insufficient resources to achieve their mission. A detailed statement of financial resources, including an assessment of viability, will be required;

Schemes which:

  • Advance the church’s work and outreach;
  • Encourage involvement with the disadvantaged within the community;
  • Further the work among young people and young adults in the 25-40 year age bracket;
  • Develop new lay leadership


Schemes which have been developed in partnership with others and can demonstrate this commitment;

Schemes which are innovative or entrepreneurial or which might contribute to the District's understanding of what it means to be a church in London in the 21st century.  Weight will be given where risks have been recognised and evaluated

Deadlines for submitting applications to the DAF

  • Friday 15th December 2017 (for DAF Committee meeting on Monday 15th January 2018)
  • Friday 16th March 2018 (for DAF Committee meeting on Wednesday 18th April)
  • Friday 18th May (for DAF Committee meeting on Thursday 14th June)

Already received DAF funding? Then please complete a DAF Evaluation form and send it back to admin@methodistlondon.org.uk

DAF Guidelines for Applicants Revised November 16.doc39 KB
DAF Application Form - revised Oct 2014.doc63.5 KB
Evaluation Form August 2014.doc24.5 KB
Model Budget Employee November 2016.pdf266.6 KB
Model Budget Property November 2016.pdf261.36 KB
District Advance Fund Panel