are intended as a guide only; the trustees are not obliged to apply all or
indeed any of them. However, applications that broadly meet these criteria
are more likely to succeed than those that meet few of them. Applications are
considered on an individual basis and it is perfectly possible for the
trustees to favour an application meeting fewer criteria than one which is
passed over. The trustees decision is final.
Please also bear in mind that that we receive more applications than we can
meet and, however regretfully, we cannot help everybody.
Who can benefit
Organisations compatible with the
categories set out below
Whilst the trust has a special interest in Methodism, all charitable categories
There is a strong preference for organisations that are registered as
charities in England & Wales, or are exempt from registration such as
established churches. Others must be small scale, show a clear charitable
purpose, be properly constituted as a non-profit making body, and be operated
entirely on a voluntary basis.
innovatory projects with a good measure of self-help or voluntary input are
For all causes including Methodism, a very clear preference for our
core area of the West of England, namely Bristol and Somerset (especially
West Somerset), Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. Whilst technically we can support
the wider area of England and Wales, we very rarely do so.
addition, and for Methodist causes only, the whole of the area included
within Bristol Methodist District. The Bristol District incorporates
Gloucestershire and Wiltshire north of Salisbury.
We are a comparatively small trust, and are forced to be selective.
We get many more applications than we could ever hope to fulfil from within
our core area; therefore, if you are outside it, you are very unlikely to be
What is funded
The broad categories
we are supporting at present (in decreasing order of the amount awarded and
averaged over the last three years) are:
The Disadvantaged (22.8%)
Medical and Disablement (21.0%)
Methodism in the Specified Counties (14.6%)
Youth and Children (14.6%)
Other Churches (11.4%)
Community Projects (8.3%)
The Environment (1.9%)
What is not funded
No grants to individuals unless supported by a registered charity.
No grants to institutions that are not registered charities or established
churches that pay wages or other remuneration (this will rule out most
Community Interest Companies for example)
Large projects (over £500,000 or projects with more than £250,000 still to
General appeals by national charities.
Grants are not normally given for running expenses of a charity.
Typical grants awarded
We usually make one-off grants for a specific project or part of project.
A grant will not normally be paid until all the other funds needed for the
project have been raised and the project started (eg
- building contract signed). We tend not to come in at the early stages of
fund-raising, as it ties up funds for too long between the award and the
payment criteria being met.
Usual range of grants: £100 - £2,000
Typical grants: £500 or £1,000
Typical examples of grants paid in recent years:
£2,000 towards the cost of renovations to a Methodist Church
£1,000 towards the cost of activities for a visually impaired sports club
£1,000 towards the cost of starter kits for housing the homeless
£1,000 towards the cost of provision of a new scout hut
£ 500 to a parish church towards a new community centre
£ 500 to a hospice towards the cost of new equipment
£ 250 towards the cost of a gardening catalogue for sales of a disabled
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