A catalyst for good: Allchurches Trust announces record giving

Allchurches Trust announced today (March 18) that it gave a record £16.9 million in grants in 2018, supporting charities, churches and schools to make a positive difference to people’s lives and build community throughout the UK and Ireland.

More than 1,100 good causes benefited from funding from the Trust, which is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.

Some 41% of grants were given an uplift to help those in areas of greatest need*, £730,000 was given to churches and cathedrals to adapt their buildings for community use and £2.2 million went out in grants to protect and preserve listed buildings.

The record total included a grant of more than half a million pounds to enable the national expansion of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust’s Young Leaders Award, which supported young people in the North West to complete 58,986 hours of volunteering in 2018. It has reached 76,000 young people in more than 600 primary and secondary schools.

A partnership with Cloudesley provided funding to churches in Islington to go green and save money on their energy bills, while a £115,000 Allchurches’ grant is helping the Salvation Army to transform iconic Beatles’ landmark, Strawberry Field, into a visitor attraction that will act as a training and work placement hub for people with learning disabilities.

In Gloucestershire, a £45,000 grant is helping PSALMS (Putting Sport alongside Local Ministries) to support local churches to run sporting activities for young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds in rural areas, while Pierremont Methodist Church received funding to support its effort to tackle food poverty in the local area, including the development of a training kitchen and community café.

Sir Philip Mawer, Allchurches Trust Chairman, said: “We’re proud to support charities and churches of many different Christian denominations addressing homelessness, poverty and isolation, along with many other projects involved in social action.

“At the heart of our grant-giving is helping those people and communities most in need. We work with organisations that empower vulnerable people, supporting them to build a better future, and who enable our young people to flourish and reach their potential.

“We’re also passionate about protecting the UK and Ireland’s rich heritage, both ecclesiastical and secular, and especially those projects that open up these magnificent buildings for community use or preserve skills to be handed down to future generations.

“Thanks to the profits that Ecclesiastical Insurance Group provides, we’ve been able to give more than £110 million in grants over the past 10 years, supporting thousands of beneficiaries to change lives and communities for the better.”

Allchurches also awarded its first grants under its new heritage programme in 2018 as part of its Strategic Grants Review – aimed at maximising the impact of its funding and broadening the scope of its giving - and launched a new website, where you can find more examples of grants awarded.

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