Grant Applications from The Methodist Church of Great Britain
Please be aware that The Joseph Rank Trust (JRT) is not: a Methodist Church institution; a Methodist only funder;
nor is it part of the Connexion.
It is an independent grant-making charity which supports the Methodist Church of Great Britain
and the Methodist Church
JRT made its first grant to Methodism in 1919.
Applying for a Grant : please read carefully.
All applications must be submitted through Synod Secretaries to ensure District approval and/or knowledge of the application.
- Individual Churches - including LEPs where the property is not vested in the Methodist Church - Circuits and Districts can apply via the above method.
- Applicants are encouraged in the first instance to view this webpage and if necessary then contact the Secretary who will be happy to have an initial conversation about the work they are doing and offer advice on the preparation of a funding application.
- There is no application form for JRT grants. The main elements of your project should be expressed on two pages of A4 paper. Any further information, such as project budgets, Gantt charts, QS plans may be attached as appendices but the two pages of A4 are critical 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.
- JRT will not consider an application until you have applied and received answers from: the church membership, church reserves, circuit model trust fund, district advance fund, connexional sources, TMCP, Methodist Insurance and others such as local funders and landfill operators (if applicable): for a helpful funding guide click here
- Before an application for funding is considered by the Trustees it may be visited by the Secretary Dr. Higgs.
- Applications are considered by the Trust upon receipt.
- The Trustees will not accept or consider applications posted directly to the Trust by individual ministers or churches.
- Full copies (not summary pages) of accounts as at 31.8.2018 or 31.8.2019 will be required: copies of Church accounts, Circuit accounts and District accounts.
- Applications must include a copy of the latest District Advance Fund report to the Connexional Grants Committee as required under S.O. 963(3), and a note about the Circuit Advance Fund (model trust fund) showing the value of this fund and the future commitments made against it as at 31.8.2019.
- Applications must be sent in hard copy and NOT by email. Please provide a postal address, email address and telephone number (this is often missing). A covering letter is expected to accompany your submission.
- Incomplete applications, i.e. those that choose to ignore the requirements as stated on this page will not be considered and will be returned to the District concerned.
- Please note there is no typical grant awarded; each application is considered on its own merits.
- The Trust is not a repeat or ongoing funder at the end of the funding term.
- If any of the above is not clear please contact the Secretary.
What The Joseph Rank Trust supports
In 2019 the Trust committed £410,000 to The Methodist Church of Great Britain and £240,000 to the Methodist Church in Ireland, a total of £650,000.
We are interested in considering the funding of the following missional themes:
- Property Schemes which provide improved facilities both for the church itself and the local community;
- Family workers at Church, Circuit or District Level;
- Youth workers at Church, Circuit or District Level;
- Other areas of local Home Mission work. This will follow the JRT’s interpretation of what Home Mission is, which can be expressed as supporting the Church’s role within the community.
Grants are available to support ongoing Church work. However JRT offers only time limited grants and will not consider an application to support work to which it has previously awarded a grant.
JRT will not fund completed projects or delayed church maintenance.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Trust is an independent grant-making charity and is not part of the Connexion.
(page updated 8th January 2020)
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