​From ex-offender programmes to tackling gang culture, Allchurches Trust gives over £98,000 in October

Many churches and charities have benefited from our latest batch of small grants with 55 good causes receiving a share of £98,600 across the UK and Ireland.

The grants distributed range from £500 to £5000 and, in October, the money has gone to a wide range of projects.

Among the recipients of this month's grants is Stratford-upon-Avon’s 600-year-old Guild Hall; where William Shakespeare was educated and first saw theatre performed. Allchurches Trust has given a grant which will see rare Tudor wall paintings in the historic building preserved. Studying the paintings will also give historical researchers greater insight into the cultural expressions and visual art of the era.

Last year, Kainos Community in Coventry ran a trial of a cognitive behavioural therapy programme for ex-offenders to help them break the cycle of re-offending. The programme was so successful that they began raising funds to keep it running for another two years. Allchurches Trust gave a grant to enable them to continue to offer support and advice to people struggling to re-adjust after being released from prison.

St Hugh’s Church in Luton is uniting its fractured community through football. In an effort to offer an escape to people who are suffering from the effects of gang culture, the church regularly invites locals to play football on its premises. A grant from Allchurches will help the football sessions become more accessible by eliminating costs for the players and developing support services to compliment the sessions.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, take a look at our What We Fund page to find out if you are eligible.