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.
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 online at any time.
Notes of Appreciation from the Churches: A Sampling
"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)
"With our warmest thanks for your generous ‘grant’ to us which we much appreciate."
—Helen Lea, Churchwarden, St. Nicholas, Chawton (2009)
"We are delighted to receive this news, not only for the award itself, which will greatly assist our budget, but also for what it represents, the continuing benevolence and active support that JASNA shows towards us."
—Rev. Canon Roland Riem, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester (2012)
"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
"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)
"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)
"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)
"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)
"Very many thanks to you and all JASNA members for this most generous grant."
—Robert Sykes, St. Peter, Hurstbourne Tarrant (2008)