Grants of £1,000 to £15,000 are available for projects (with a total cost of up to £1m – larger grants may be available) working to promote the Christian faith or any other charitable purpose; grants normally support projects that have a Christian foundation or links and reflect these areas of focus:
- Building communities, especially where they are hurting or broken
- Helping people, especially those in particular need, to flourish
- Growing churches – spiritually and numerically.
While the trust’s roots are Christian, many of the projects it funds support people of all faiths and none. It particularly likes to support organisations working in some of the most deprived areas, right at the grass-roots, unafraid to tackle difficult social issues and working in partnership with other charities and churches to produce something greater than the sum of its parts.
Grants normally fund capital projects and equipment, not salaries or running costs. Most grants go towards making improvements to buildings, although the trust will occasionally look at pump priming new, strategic initiatives that are likely to have a major impact on people and communities, such as by funding new posts to build capacity or extend project reach.