The National Lottery Awards for All programme offers community grants between £300 and £10,000 for kneeler projects.
You need to show how your project or activity will:
Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage
A kneeler project designed and delivered by members of your local community for your church – ie your local community building – will probably feature weekly meetings for stitchers and designers for mutual help and encouragement. This enhances designing and stitching skills – ie enabling ‘more people to fulfil their potential’ – and certainly provides an opportunity to reduce loneliness. Your kneeler project is ideally eligible for a community grant.
Canvas – Current price just under £12 per kneeler (see suppliers). Your probable minimum aim will be 20 kneelers – but some churches have over 300. Be ambitious!
Wools – Five hanks of 2ply Appletons Wools @ £3 per kneeler = £15. (see suppliers) This is a generous allowance but you will need a big range of colours at the beginning and the need for further wools will diminish as you progress