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Our Grants Programme is now closed for the remainder of 2024.

Due to the high number of Grant Applications that we have received and awarded during the first few months of the year our Grants Programme is now closed for the remainder of 2024. This means we will not be running a programme or application round in September.
 
During the year, the Charity is planning to take the opportunity to review our Grants Strategy and the Application process. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes to organisations who apply for grants from us but are looking forward to revealing our new application process later in the year and to receiving new applications in 2025.
 

Do I qualify for a grant?

Our grants support a wide range of ministries across the UK. Before applying to us, we ask that you understand the nature of our grants and the types of work we support.

Nature of our Grants:

  • Maximum of 3 years.
  • Financial contribution to overall wages of a worker (we do not fund projects or building work).
  • Grants start at £500 per year, up to a maximum of £15000 per year, but the exact amount you apply for depends on your needs.
  • Continued funding is dependent on satisfactory annual reports.

Our grant holders are:

  • Based in England, Wales or Ireland.  We don’t support workers based in Scotland.
  • Working to share the Gospel in areas of high deprivation.
  • Prioritising contact time with the people they seek to serve.
  • Full or Part time.
  • Lay workers (not working in an ordained role, and not leading their church).

General Guidance:

  • We expect the majority of your time to be spent in direct, evangelistic contact time with your target group.
  • We will not ordinarily support more than one grant holder per organisation.
  • The grant awarded is for the benefit of the grant holder and is not transferable.
  • We can accept a further application from an organisation for a named grant holder 12-months after the existing grant has ceased.

 

Read more about our grants under the Application FAQ page or Get in touch.

Our Application Process

We have two rounds of applications each year. The first round opens on 1st January and closes on 28th February. The second round opens on 1st July and closes on 31st August. Applications will be assessed twice yearly by our Board of Trustees.

Stage 1: Complete the Application form online

There are two stages to our application process. The first stage is to complete the Application form online.  You will need to complete this before 31st January if applying for round 1 OR before 31st July if applying for round 2.

 

Stage 2: On submission of your Application form, you will be invited to an online interview with us.

Once you have submitted your Application, you will be invited to the second and final stage of the application process, which consists of an Online Interview.  Our online interviews take place during February or August each year.

 

 

If your application is successful, we will be in touch.

The applications are then assessed by our Board of Trustees in March and October, who individually and corporately seek to prayerfully assess your application against our criteria and Terms and Conditions.

We will notify you of the outcome of your application within 10 working days of the Trustee meeting.

You are now a Grantee.

As a Grantee, you will be asked to send us an online report on a yearly basis to keep us informed of your ministry (deadlines 31st March and 30th September, dependent on when your grant period started).

 

Your grant comes to an end.

Grants last for a maximum of 3 years. It is your responsibility to find alternative funding for the period after our funding has ceased. Once 12 months have passed, you are welcome to re-apply to us.

Tips for writing a good application Here are our top 10 tips for writing a good application:
  • 1

    Make sure you start your application in plenty of time before the deadline, we often have people rushing near the deadline, leaving little time to give detail in the application.

  • 2

    There are a few key people who will need to support your application (e.g. Line manager, Treasurer, References). Please make sure you contact them to inform them of your application (if they are not already aware) in good time and the input that is required from them.

  • 3

    Please read through our guidance notes and application form to see the types of applications we support. Also check out the FAQs above before applying for a grant to see what kind of work we do (and don’t!) support.

  • 4

    It may be tempting to shoehorn your job into an outreach role in a deprived area but it will more likely than not waste your time. We want you to be out there sharing the love of Jesus rather than spending time applying for something that may not be a good fit! Get in touch for other funders we can recommend.

  • 5

    Make it clear, using the timetable, how much of your time is spent in evangelistic contact time with individuals from deprived backgrounds to help us assess your application. These are the two most important factors we look out for. We ask for 20 of those contact hours (or 14 if your role is part-time) per week.

  • 6

    If you don’t currently have enough contact hours, consider if there is scope for your role to change before applying. What else could you do to share the Gospel creatively with those around you? Read our case studies to get inspired!

  • 7

    We love seeing innovative ways of sharing the Gospel where people are responding to need. Shout about anything you are doing of this nature in your application.

  • 8

    Assume we know nothing about your organisation. Please make acronyms or activity names clear (e.g. ACE group). It is more important that we know about the purpose of the activity and your involvement with it. It may be useful for someone outside of your organisation to read through your application before sending it to help with this.

  • 9

    Our application process may slightly change from time to time. We will keep our website up to date with any developments, so please use that as your first point of reference or get in touch if you have more questions.

  • 10

    Although we have our guidelines in place, we are open to God’s calling and will prayerfully assess every application. This means that we will occasionally assess applications outside of our usual remit, so please get in touch if you feel called to do so.