Applying for grants

Making an Application

Before 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.

Please note that the Trustees will only consider grant applications if the Secretary submits them at the Trustees' meetings.

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 - there are no deadlines for the meetings in 2019.

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 appeals. If you consider your work might fall within the Trust's grant-making policy, click here areas of interest to double-check

Applicants 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 must express what you are doing, why you are doing it and who it is benefiting, with detailed information being presented in the form of appendices, i.e. in addition to your 2 x A4.

The Trustees wish to learn about the Christian outreach and mission in your project and how it will benefit those in your local community, for example how are you reaching out to the working class poor in your area

Please 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 - your application must be focused on a specific area of work. 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:

1. Charity 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.

A summary of budget and costings of the project (for revenue application a three year income and expenditure budget) 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 2019 the Trustees will be meeting in July and October. Visits to appeals 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 a grant.

(page updated 14th March 2019)

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