Allchurches Trust Tops £15m Grants Total

Allchurches Trust, one of the UK’s largest grant-makers, announced today (Friday 19th January) that over the course of 2017 it gave grants totalling £15.6 million, its largest sum ever, to 1,324 churches, charities and communities across the UK and Ireland. This included £2 million of grants to Methodist churches and causes from the Trust’s newly established Methodist Fund.

The announcement comes shortly after publication of The Taylor Review into the sustainability of English parish churches.

Sir Philip Mawer, Allchurches Trust Chairman, said: “Since our foundation in 1972, Allchurches Trust has been a leading single source of philanthropic funding for England’s churches and cathedrals. Many of our grants help to repair historic churches and open them to wider community use, precisely the priorities identified by the Taylor Review. We look forward, therefore, to working with Government, the Church of England and other partners to help build a sustainable future for England’s unique legacy of historic churches.”

Allchurches Trust also gives grants to Christian charities and communities.

Sir Philip continued: “As well as helping historic churches, our grants help people suffering social and spiritual loneliness and isolation, poverty, homelessness, trauma or lack of opportunity. Our grants help nurture individuals and build communities, especially where they are broken or hurting.

“We’re pleased that our annual total has increased – from £13.2 million in 2016 to £15.6 million in 2017. However, the real cause for celebration is that across the country there are thousands of people inspired by Christian principles and Christian heritage coming together to support and enhance the lives of others.” 

 

Highlights among Allchurches Trust 2017 grants:

  • £750,000 for the Foundation for Educational Leadership which is training 300 Head Teachers to run schools focused on children’s all-round wellbeing
  • £585,000 for the Church of England’s Ministry Experience Scheme that provides up to 100 free one-year placements for young people wanting to try out their vocation 
  • £300,000 for the Church Urban Fund’s Together Network  to build even more local capacity for social action and improve the lives of young people, adults and families of all faiths or none who are living in poverty
  • £30,000 to St John’s Waterloo, London to convert its crypt into a home for The Bridge at Waterloo, a heritage and arts project empowering disadvantaged people across South London to gain employment or create their own
  • £45,000 to Wakefield Cathedral to fund a three-year community outreach programme that will make the most of its recent major refurbishment
  • £9,500 to restore and open for wider community use the church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Littlemore on the outskirts of Oxford, built by Oxford Movement leader John Henry Newman and in which he preached his last sermon before converting to Catholicism
  • £67,900 to help St Ethelburga’s and four other reconciliation centres to train a new movement of Peacemakers, Christian leaders skilled at resolving conflicts within and between different communities
  • £16,000 to conserve six towering early Christian crosses in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s famous Cast Courts
  • £10,000 to help the Diocese of London build a Floating Church, a church on a barge for the new community at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • £75,000 for St Mary Magdalene Paddington to restore its Grade I George Edmund Street splendour and provide a heritage and community hub for one of the most culturally diverse areas of London
  • £16,000 to restore and improve access at Four Oaks Methodist Church in Sutton Coldfield, known because of its size and grandeur as “the non-conformist cathedral of the Midlands”
  • £13,500 towards the conservation of nationally significant medieval wall paintings at St Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze near Swindon
  • £22,000 to help transform the former Neale’s Auction House in Nottingham into Trinity Church, a place of worship and also a shared workspace for young people, a gallery, a café, community rooms and classrooms.

       

Many of Allchurches Trust’s grants (835 out of the total 1,324) were small but vital grants of £250- £5,000 including:

  • £2,000 towards an all-year-round night shelter for 20 rough sleepers at Grace Church, Wolverhampton
  • £1,500 to help King’s Lynn Debt Centre, part of the CAP (Christians Against Poverty) network to provide a free debt counselling service to local people
  • £1,250 to revive an unused library at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, Mansfield
  • £1,000 to help Teen Challenge Strathclyde reach homeless, addicted and marginalised men and women with a mobile support unit
  • £1,000 to help the Mission to Seafarers train chaplains to cater for the spiritual and welfare needs of 1.5 million seafarers worldwide

And finallyin 2017, Allchurches Trust gave £54,750 to 37 projects to restore or repair church bells. We look forward to hearing them ringing in 2018.