To be recognised as a DPA parishes have to be:
Within the upper 5% in the country of the Ministry of Housing,
Communities & Local Government 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.
Read more about the DPA strategy.