To be recognised as a DPA parishes have to be:
Within the upper 5% in the country of the Department Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Index of Multiple Deprivation
Willingness of church leaders and the wider congregation to engage in the church’s mission as shown in the parish development plan
Inadequate financial resources of their own i.e. less than 12 months unrestricted reserves.
The Diocesan Strategy for targeting Areas of Deprivation works towards ensuring priority for DPAs in a range of areas and enables assistance through grants for staff and training, and small items of capital and development work. For more details follow the link
for more details on DPA planning please contact the Chair of the Priority Strategy Group for Areas of Multiple Deprivation Archdeacon Ricky
There is a small fund to offer additional support to clergy and stipendiary licensed lay workers in DPAs. This recognises that parish resources may be limited and thus small grants to cover retreats, short training courses, study leave and equipment may be available. In addition grants are given to stipendiary clergy and stipendiary lay ministers who live and work in DPAs towards the costs of car insurance which are high. Stipendiary Clergy who main role is working at the Universities or among the Deaf Community are also eligible. Contact your Archdeacon for further information.