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About the JASNA Churches Fund

Using member donations earmarked for the purpose, JASNA helps fund restoration and other projects undertaken by English churches with ties to Jane Austen and her family. Learn more about the churches and past JASNA donations on our Jane Austen Family Churches page.

Each year JASNA's Churches Committee invites the churches to submit an application for a project grant. After evaluating the submissions, the committee makes recommendations for appropriate projects to the JASNA Board of Directors for approval.

During the evaluation process, the committee looks at and weighs a variety of criteria:

  • How closely is the church tied to Jane Austen?
  • Has JASNA given the church a grant in the past? How recently?
  • Would the project add a new or important perspective to our understanding of Jane Austen's works or life?
  • Does the project provide context for Austen's novels that can help us gain a better understanding of her works, life, and genius?
  • Would the project have an indirect impact on the study of Jane Austen?

JASNA members have the opportunity to contribute to the Churches Fund when they renew their membership each year. However, anyone can make a donation to the fund at any time. Learn more.

Notes of Appreciation from the Churches:  A Sampling

"We were very excited to get your contribution to the statue of Jane Austen. . . . We hope to unveil it in the spring of next year. I hope it will be an asset to the churchyard and an added pleasure for the Jane Austenites. Many thanks for your generous help."

Michael Sanders, Friends of St. Nicholas Church, Chawton (2017)

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"We are very grateful for your kind award; I’m relieved that its purpose is firmly demarked and the binding [of the Book of Memories] bound to happen. What a beautiful tribute it will be to Jane when finished."

—Rev'd Canon Roland Riem, Winchester Cathedral (2017)

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"We are so grateful . . . for your generous award to our Church for essential electrical work. We will continue to promote the link between Jane Austen and our Parish in the years ahead."

—Sarah Elsom, Lay Contact, St. Michael and All Angels Church, Hamstall Ridware (2017)

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"Thank you and your members for the support you offer and the work that you do to uphold the memory of Jane Austen."

—Julia Foster, Associate Priest, St. Nicholas, Steventon (2013)

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"The vital repairs to the roof of St. Lawrence the Martyr, Godmersham have been completed. . . . In spite of the deathwatch beetle, wet rot, and the wettest winter in two hundred years, the interior of the church is now safe. Without your generosity and support we could never have tackled this important restoration."

—St. Lawrence the Martyr, Godmersham

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"I am writing to let you know that thanks to your and others’ generosity we have, almost unbelievably and with much excitement, raised enough funds to start work on our project of restoring the interior of our beautiful church. . . ."

—Maggie Manicom, Chair, Church Interior Restoration Project, Holy Cross, Goodnestone (2010)

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"We are proud of our connections with your society and will always continue to associate ourselves with the life and work of Jane Austen. Our PCC extend their thanks to you."

—Angela Stevens, PPC Chair, St. Nicolas, Great Bookham (2012)

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"Your donation really did kick-start our project and I am thrilled and very thankful . . . I can't tell you how much this project means to Tonbridge. . . ."

—Vivian Branson, St. Peter and St. Paul, Tonbridge (2011)

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"It is lovely to know that Jane Austen came here and in due course we will send a photo of the plaque in situ."

—Charles Grant, Concert Director, St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London (2011)

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"Very many thanks to you and all JASNA members for this most generous grant."

—Robert Sykes, St. Peter, Hurstbourne Tarrant (2008)

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