How the Trust operates
The Trust meets three times a year: just after Christmas, around Easter, and late in the Summer.
Applications that arrive too late for one meeting are held over to the next.
You may reapply to the Trust. (But not normally more than once per year.)
All applications are drawn to the attention of the meeting.
The Trust gives away about £100,000 a year. This sum is somewhat more than the dividend income.
Many of the grants are for between £1,000 and £3,000. The Trust does not normally fund posts.
The Trust is prepared to provide ‘pump-priming’ money. On occasions it has committed itself to making regular annual grants for a three-year period. However, it does not expect to find itself as the only funder year after year.
When asked, the Secretary generally ‘says anyone can apply’. He adds that people ‘should not spend too long on their applications’, especially if the Trust has ‘no record of giving in that area.’
Mission and Vision
The Trust has not produced a statement of Mission or of its Vision. See, however, the following which has appeared in Annual Reports:
"The Trust’s broad policy … is to support three main areas of work, innovative undertakings by Methodist churches and organisations, Other Christian Causes, especially of an ecumenical nature, and a wider category within the fields of the creative arts, education, social and international concern."
Those thinking of applying should look at the Annual Report and the List of Grants Made.
From the latter, it can be seen that the Trust has supported major charities, such as Oxfam and Christian Aid. It has also made contributions to smaller organisations, such as Tree Aid and the Matthew Rusike Children’s Home, with which Trustees have particular links.
As far as geographical distribution is concerned, the Trust has made grants in a number of different cities and counties. There has, however, been a certain concentration on South Wales, Bristol and South London, because of historic and current links.
There is a tendency to support projects that trustees know, and that they can visit.
Please Note: The Trust does not normally support medical research, and the arts programmes it responds to positively invariably have an educational or social dimension.
The most recent annual
report is available here.