Diocese of Newcastle

Top tips for good stewardship

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS)

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) allows parishes to claim a gift aid style repayment on small cash donations up to a maximum value of £30 and a threshold of £8,000 per tax year per church (from April 2019). This includes contactless donations, on which Gift Aid can be claimed on the gross amount pledged rather than the amount net of transaction charges.

Whilst you’ll need to keep evidence showing when the cash was collected, you don’t need a Gift Aid Declaration to claim under the GASDS.

GASDS is claimed alongside a normal gift aid claim using the same process. For further guidance please click on the links below:

Which Scheme to Use When

GASDS - Parish Resources

GASDS - Government Gateway

Gift Aid - Parish Resources

Gift Aid - Government Gateway

Parish Buying Service

The Parish Buying Service was set up by the Church, for the Church. Their contracts and discounts are available to all parishes, cathedrals and dioceses in the Church of England. Through the bulk buying power of the Church they negotiate competitive prices with suppliers across a range of different contracts including; energy, contactless equipment, church supplies, phone and broadband. If you haven’t already, then do sign up with them! It’s quick and free.

Parish Buying

Welcome cards

It’s good practice to make 'welcome cards' available for new visitors to your church which, amongst other things, address giving. A template is available for you to edit and use as appropriate. Click here to download our welcome card template.

Top tip: When you come to print these out, select “print on both sides” and “flip pages on short edge.” That way you’ll get four cards per A4 page. They also look best if you can get them laminated.

Parish Giving Scheme

If this scheme is adopted as your principal funding method, you will have inflation proofed your giving, maximised your cashflow and minimised your administration. Find out more on our Parish Giving Scheme page.