What we fund

“Our vision is to be a Trust that, through its grants to churches and other charitable organisations, makes a positive difference to people’s lives. We like to see an organisation that shares our values and is dedicated to helping people and communities to flourish. We particularly like to support organisations working in some of the most deprived areas, unafraid to tackle difficult social issues and working in partnership to produce something greater than the sum of its parts.”
Sir Philip Mawer  
Chairman of Allchurches Trust

We have made some changes to our giving, placing more of an emphasis on helping people in the areas of greatest need and continuing to widen the scope of our grant-making. You can find out more here.

Any registered charity, as well as any church or other exempted organisation, can now apply for our open grant programmes, although the purpose of the project does need to support our primary charitable object – to promote the Christian faith or any other charitable purpose. Our grants normally support projects that have a Christian foundation or links and meet one or more of our areas of funding focus, so it is important to highlight these in your application. These areas of focus are:

• Building communities, especially where they are hurting or broken

• Helping people, especially those in particular need, to flourish

• Growing churches, spiritually and numerically

We only fund projects in the UK and Ireland.

We give grants to churches of all denominations, so long as they are members of Churches Together in England (CTE), Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS), Churches Together in Wales (Cytun), the Irish Council of Churches or a local ‘churches together’ group.

All applicants, including education establishments, need to be a UK registered charity or have “exempt” status.


We like to fund

We like to fund projects that demonstrate a focus on the impact on people and communities. Applicants should ensure they include clear (and where possible, measurable) outcomes for their projects and demonstrate how they will ensure sustainability after our funding has been used.

It’s also important to show how additional funding support will be sought to enable the project to be completed. In most cases, we give a small percentage of the project cost as this enables us to say yes to more worthwhile causes, although we do give some larger grants each year to projects which are ambitious, innovative and strategic. We rarely fund 100% of a project.

We give grants to churches and charities tackling issues like:

• Homelessness and poverty

• Mental health and counselling

• Social exclusion and loneliness

• Ex-offender support

• Community health and wellbeing

• Substance misuse

Our funding has been used to support:

• Repairs, renovations, reordering and new builds

• Community outreach

• Protection of heritage

We also like to support schools and other organisations who nurture young people and help them to thrive.

We don't normally fund

• Overseas projects or charities

• Running costs (i.e. salaries and overheads), except when assisting the launch of new or transformative projects

• Charities with a political association

• Individuals or causes that will benefit only one person, such as student grants or scholarships

• Healthcare projects, although hospices can apply for funding towards the provision of chapel and chaplaincy space

• Animal welfare or rescue

• Work that is primarily the responsibility of statutory authorities including residential, respite, day care and housing provision

• Retrospective grants, although we may be prepared to consider applications for work already done which was urgent (such as essential emergency roof repairs) or for major capital projects (where work has started before all funding has been raised)

• More than one application from the same organisation within a 24-month period

• One-off events that benefit only a few people

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