Changes to Allchurches’ grant giving

Allchurches Trust is making some changes to its giving in 2019, placing even more of an emphasis on helping people in the areas of greatest need and continuing to widen the scope of our grant-making.

We are already moving towards being more strategic in our approach and working with beneficiaries to gain a better understanding of the impact made by the projects we support.

From 1 January, all open grant programmes will be available to any registered charity, as well as any church or other exempted organisation, as long as the purpose of the project promotes the Trust’s primary charitable object or its funding policies and meets one or more of our areas of funding focus. You can find out more about these here.

Grants for smaller projects will be bigger in future, increasing by 50%. Small grants will now range from £1000 up to £15,000 for projects with a total cost of up to £1 million, while large grants will be up to £100,000 for projects with a total cost of over £1 million.

In order to ensure more money goes to those areas where people are most in need, the Trust plans to double the uplift on grants to projects in areas that are high on the national Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Currently, many of our biggest grants, i.e. those over £100,000, support projects run by the Church of England and linked organisations, like the grant to support the national expansion of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust’s Young Leaders Award earlier this year.

From January 1, these grants will be called Strategic Grants and, like our smaller grants, will be open to all applicants, including those in the Church of England. The Trust is proactively seeking out partners and projects that are innovative, ambitious in vision, broad in scope and have a clear focus on the potential positive impact on people and communities.

Director of Grants and Relationships at Allchurches Trust, James Laing, said: “At the heart of our grant-giving is supporting churches and charitable organisations with projects that make a positive difference to people’s lives, especially in those communities in greatest need.

“That’s certainly not going to change, but our aim over the coming years is to attract applications from a more diverse range of churches and charitable organisations and to put an increased focus on evaluating impact, ensuring that our funding is as targeted and effective as it can be.”

There have also been changes to recurrent grants. A revised methodology will see these grants allocated based on population and degree of income deprivation, while increased reporting requirements have been put in place for dioceses and cathedrals. We plan to give more support to dioceses to share the stories about the impact that this money is having on the ground, through community projects in parishes for example.

The changes will also see the introduction of a new heritage grants programme worth up to half a million pounds annually. The first grants under this programme will focus on the promotion of traditional craft skills. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

The Trust is also currently considering a number of ideas for new thematic programmes, with further details to be released later in the year.