you start your application for a grant please read the following:
1. An essential part of the application process is to fully appreciate the details given on this web page.
2. Ensure you have other sources
of funding or can match any funding the Trust might provide. Audited accounts and detailed budgets will need to be submitted.
3. Please note that the Trustees
will only consider grant applications if the Secretary submits them at the
4. There is no typical grant - each application is considered on its own merits. The Trust will consider funding one-off grants for capital expenditure or three-year grants for project funding / core costs.
5. Applications are considered by the Trust upon receipt.
6. A visit by the Secretary to your project may be necessary.
The Trustees can only consider applications from registered charities as registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales; OSCR in Scotland; and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. If you are an excepted or exempted charity you can apply. We do not consider appeals from individuals or from registered
charities for the benefit of named individuals. Grants cannot be paid to umbrella bodies or to third parties.
Please note there is no application form. Applications must be
sent in hard copy and NOT by email.
On-going commitments, combined with the fact that the Trustees
are taking an increasingly active role in identifying projects
to support, means that uncommitted funds are limited and it
is not always possible to make grants in response to unsolicited
If you consider your work might fall within
the Trust's grant-making policy, click here areas of interest to double-check.
must set out the essential details of
a project on two sides of A4 paper, portrait not landscape (not 1.5 pages, not 2.5 pages but 2 pages).
These two pages of A4 are critical and suggested headings include: What you are doing, Why you are doing it, What you aspire to do differently and Who it is benefiting from your mission outreach. Further information can be presented in the form
of appendices, i.e. in addition to your 2 x A4.
Do not place photographs in your 2 sides of A4 - they will only photocopy black and add no value and do not send DVDs or glossary brochures.
Do not submit a "laundry list" of areas of activity - either focus on the complete capital project or the work of the charity.
The principle of matched funding (not applicable for capital grants) is very much part of any application - if in any doubt what this means please contact the Secretary.
Please note the Trust is not a repeat or ongoing funder at the end of the funding term.
The following information is required in your 2 x A4:
name and charity registration number;
2. A detailed description of the project for which funding is sought;
3. What you are doing, why you are doing it and what you aspire to do;
4. Who is benefiting from your missional outreach. If it is a building project provide evidence of existing mission and how this mission will grow in the future.
A summary of budget and costings of the project (for revenue applications a 3 year income and expenditure budget for the period that you are asking funding for) should be placed in an appendix to the 2 x A4, including details of grant applications made to other external funders.
You must enclose a copy
of your most recent monthly management accounts (if you don't have any you may wish to ask yourselves why not), and a copy of your most recent audited annual report and accounts (a full set, not just a selection of summary pages).
A covering letter is expected to accompany your submission (not an unsigned compliment slip) - please remember to provide details of the contact person: postal address, email address and telephone number.
If you are a Methodist Church applying for funding, in addition to the requirements shown in points 1-6 at the top of this page, click here for further information.
In 2020 the Trustees will meet in April, July and October to consider applications. Visits to applications may be made by the Secretary and Trustees.
All appeals are treated on a "first come, first served" basis and will be acknowledged when they have been assessed (this is not always within the first 24 hours),which may take 2/3 weeks. Applicants will be advised that
if they do not receive a reply by a specified date it has
not been possible for the Trustees to make a grant. Please note there is no entitlement to grant funding and it is not possible for the Trust to fund every application that is received.
(page updated 8th January 2020)