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

Any registered charity, as well as any church or other exempted organisation, can apply for our open grant programmes, although the purpose of the project needs 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 reflect our areas of funding focus. These are:

• Building communities, especially where they are hurting or broken

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

• Growing churches, spiritually and numerically

Our grants normally fund capital projects and equipment, not salaries or running costs. We only fund projects in the UK and Ireland.

We give grants to churches of many 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 an impact on people and communities. Applicants should include clear (and where possible, measurable) outcomes for projects and demonstrate how they will ensure sustainability beyond our funding.

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 occasionally give larger grants.

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 also often supports:

• Church repairs, renovations, reordering and new builds

• Community outreach by churches and Christian organisations

• Protection of heritage

We also support schools and have launched a new grants programme, Growing Lives, aimed at helping churches and Christian organisations to connect with children and young people.

We don't normally fund

• Running costs (such as salaries and overheads)

• Overseas projects or charities

• 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 for 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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