The criteria for acceptance of a project by St. Peter’s Saltley Trust are that:
The work must be locally-based within the area of benefit and be concerned with one of the three areas of interest in which the Trust has chosen to work: adult Christian education, further education and religious education in schools
The work must be a partnership venture between the Trust and local project organisers, jointly co-ordinated and developed
The work must be innovative and creative
Widen and advance work in education and religion.
The Trust particularly seeks to support projects which grow out of local situations and concerns. Rather than seeking to create a central body of ‘experts’, the Trust values the nurturing of gifts, skills and confidence at the grassroots in churches, colleges, schools and communities; particularly amongst lay people.
The Trust funds specific projects, which have clearly-timed aims, objectives and resource requirements. You are also encouraged to think about how the findings and results of your project can be made available more widely in church and/or education.
The Trust seeks to widen and advance work in education rather than ‘prop up’ existing activity or support work which a congregation, denomination, school, college or education authority ought to be doing anyway.
It is not necessary to be a registered charity to apply for funding; however, preference will usually be given to non-profitmaking groups.
The Trust is unable to fund:
Subsidies for the existing, ongoing work of an organisation. The Trust exists to support initiatives of special benefit not normally provided by denominations or education authorities.
Capital costs (e.g., building renovations, ongoing staff salaries).
Individual students undertaking programmes of study merely for their own purposes.
Once a project is agreed...
Trust monies are available for the funding of salaries, expenses or resources. The relationship between project and Trust then operates in one of the following ways:
the Trust Director might become a member of the project team
the Trust Director acts as a co-coordinator, adviser and consultant to the project
a project worker is appointed, becomes an associate of the Trust, and is supported by and accountable to the Trustees or their nominee, through the Trust Director
the Trust Director maintains close contact with a project and seeks to draw on its experience and expertise for other project work within the area of benefit
where the nature of Trust involvement in a project is slight, e.g., small-scale top-up funding of £1000, a written report of the work, including proposals for future development, is expected by the Trust.
This emphasis on partnership reflects the Trust’s intention not simply to be a grant-making body but also to offer appropriate support of a non-financial nature, recognising the synergy that can result from partnership working. Trust involvement in a project is on the basis of gift rather than power, and is jointly agreed according to the project’s needs and the director’s skills.
If you are interested to explore how we might work with you, please contact us for a further conversation.