Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities

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About Us

At the heart of our grant-giving is transforming people’s lives and communities for the better, funding projects run by churches and charities that put Christian values at the heart of what they do. We welcome applications from all parts of the UK and Ireland, particularly from areas of social and economic deprivation.

We support the repair, restoration and re-ordering of churches and cathedrals of many denominations, especially where these changes support wider community use and help those in need. We give grants to churches and charities running projects aimed at tackling homelessness, poverty and loneliness, and many other social issues.

We support schools, colleges and others with projects that help children and young people to reach their potential, and we’re passionate about preserving the UK and Ireland's rich history through funding for heritage buildings and skills.

You can find out more on our what we fund and grant examples pages.

We are an independent charity regulated by the Charity Commission.

Our funds come from our ownership of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, a specialist insurance and financial services company.

Since we were founded in 1972, we’ve given more than £180 million to churches, Christian organisations and other charitable causes.

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Our values as a charity are rooted in our Christian heritage. We particularly like to support church and charity projects in disadvantaged areas, helping those most in need.

Our aim over the years ahead is steadily to increase both the amount we give and the range of good causes we give to.

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Our History

In 1887, the Ecclesiastical Buildings Fire Office was founded by two MPs, three clergymen, a barrister and a clerk of the House of Lords and its directors comprised five clerics and five laymen.

They were determined, after a series of fires had left parishes with ruined churches and no means of restoring them, that there should be a reliable insurance service for parishes in their time of need.

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When, through good business acumen, profits started to accrue, the decision was taken to donate this money to charity as grants. The expertise Ecclesiastical built up through insuring churches allowed it to expand into insuring other large, complex, historic buildings. Soon Ecclesiastical was insuring heritage organisations, schools and charities.

Profits and grant-making also increased until, in 1972, Ecclesiastical’s ownership was transferred to a separate grant-making trust, Allchurches Trust, an independent charity. To this day the Trust continues to dispense profits from Ecclesiastical to support good causes throughout the UK and Ireland.

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How we work

Allchurches Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees and has a small team of Grants Officers who advise and support people through the application process and beyond.

We aim to ensure that we add value to our beneficiaries over and above giving a grant.

We encourage them to keep us informed throughout the life of their project and beyond, provide them with advice and guidance and support them to tell their story.

We know how helpful this can be in attracting other funders and engaging the local community.

Our Trustees

Our Trustees meet five times a year to award grants. They give their time and expertise from a deep commitment to Allchurches Trust’s aims.
Allchurches Trust was set up as a company limited by guarantee – a common governance model for charities. As such, we have up to 50 Members who act as guarantors, ensuring accountability and providing a greater appreciation of the needs of beneficiaries from a range of sectors.