Hope Beyond – helping communities to build resilience and a brighter future

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Our Hope Beyond grants programme aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Through our Hope Beyond grants, we aim to fund innovative, impactful projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope. You can apply for a grant under the programme here.

We’ve been inspired by the many examples already shared with us of our beneficiaries changing their model, support and activities as they look to continue to provide practical and pastoral care and support to the people they help in the most effective way possible.

In developing the Hope Beyond programme, we carried out an online consultation with our beneficiaries to better understand what they felt the key needs of people of all ages in their own communities would be as the longer term impact of Covid-19 becomes clearer. As a result, Hope Beyond funding will look to address these three aims:

• Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

• Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, including the provision of mental health and wellbeing support groups and 1:1 counselling for people of all ages (including clergy).

• Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience, particularly increasing digital capacity and provision, and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support. 

In all cases, applicants will need to demonstrate how their project is seeking to directly respond to increasing/new need as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Hope Beyond programme will fund project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers. This recognises that many churches and Christian charities are facing significant financial hardship at this time and that additional resource may be required to implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need. 
Hope Beyond will also provide funding for capital projects, such as adaptation of buildings, the purchase of equipment, accessibility improvements and measures to ensure buildings are Covid-19 safe, but only in cases where this makes new and/or enhanced support possible as a direct response to the pandemic. The programme will not support general ‘business as usual’ running costs, or cleaning and PPE costs.
Grants of up to £50,000 are available to churches and Christian charities, and the amount you receive will depend upon the cost of your project and the level of need in your community, ranging from 10% of project cost through to 80% - the highest percentages being awarded in the most disadvantaged areas. You can read more about the first projects to benefit from Hope Beyond funding here, and watch our video showing just some of the 149 Christian charities and churches who have benefited from more than £1.25 million in grants given in the first round.
In contrast to some of our other open grant programmes, you can apply for funding under the Hope Beyond programme even if you have received a grant from Allchurches Trust within the last two years (as long as the Hope Beyond application is for a different project). Please note that schools and other educational establishments are not eligible to apply for funding under this programme. Details of our other grants programmes are available on the what we fund and how to apply pages.
Before submitting an application, why not head to our advice and resources hub, where you will find useful guidance and tools for project planning, reporting and impact evaluation tools, as well as advice on applying for funding, publicising your project and much more.
To apply for a grant under the Hope Beyond programme, you will need to complete this online application form. It is a good idea to have a read through the questions before registering to complete the online form to ensure you have all of the information required. You can read through the questions here. As part of the application process you will also need to upload a project budget. Please download either the Microsoft Excel project budget template (which automatically calculates totals), OR the Microsoft Word project budget template (no automatic totalling) from the Downloads area on this page onto your computer, complete it, and then upload it at the appropriate stage of the application process. If you have any questions about the programme, please take a look at our FAQ's.
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