Send us your applications for Scientists in Congregations 

 Helen Billam

We are now accepting applications for Scientists in Congregations projects for 2024-25. 

We have eight grants available of up to £10,000 each for churches and church partnerships in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We welcome applications from a range of Christian denominations, theological perspectives, and scientific fields. 

To apply, churches should identify a scientific topic which involves a professional scientist connected to their congregation and propose a creative idea for deepening the conversation between science and faith. 

Projects should celebrate the role of scientists, benefit the congregation, and engage the wider community. 

ECLAS Project Director, Revd Prof David Wilkinson, said: 

Scientists in Congregations is so important as it recognises the importance of churches valuing and working with scientists in their communities. We have seen that this interaction of church leaders and scientists in local churches leads to imaginative and fruitful mission and ministry – in ways that go well beyond our expectations.”

This is our sixth round of Scientists Congregations funding, made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. 

Previous projects have covered topics ranging from environmental engagement to mental health awareness, and forensic archaeology to artificial intelligence. They have taken the form of plays, art installations, workshops, and activity days. Projects can be long-running or short-term, but should build on existing ties with local communities. 

Applications are open from 4 March until 30 April 2024, with awards announced in July. If your church has a great idea, contact us for an introductory chat or submit an application.

Children engage with science at Holy Trinity and Christchurch, Stalybridge.


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