What We Support

We can work in partnership with you to develop, realise and evaluate your project idea, help share its results with others, and offer small to medium-sized grant funding for good projects. The Trust’s three main areas of benefit are:

  • Christian learning, discipleship and theological education, particularly amongst the most marginalised
  • The churches’ work in, and contribution to, the FE and lifelong learning sectors
  • Strengthening religious education in schools, particularly teaching and learning about and from Christianity

From October 2022 the Trust has a new set of priorities within these three main areas.  These will affect the kinds of work we do and the types of projects the Trustees support.  Click below to read the latest priorities.

Working/Funding Priorities 2022-25

You can also read a bit more about the new priorities here.

We have 4 separate streams of funding available for creative projects concerned with one or more of the above areas.  Click on the tabs below to read more about each of these.

The Trust has now largely spent its anticipated income on grants for the 2024-25 financial year, so we are unable to consider new grant applications for this period EXCEPT for small grant applications, and projects being put forward/developed by individual local churches, schools or colleges (or small local partnerships thereof).

We are seeking to re-focus a bigger proportion of grant expenditure on grass-roots projects developed in a particular locality but which might become the model or inspiration for work elsewhere. 

Consequently, until further notice, one third of grant expenditure annually will be ring-fenced for projects developed by individual local churches, schools, colleges or charities/faith-based community projects, or localised partnerships thereof.  The Trust’s general funding criteria (below) still apply.  More detail on our new priorities can be found on this blog post.

Major Projects Fund

Our Major Projects fund is for substantial pieces of work requiring a significant investment of staff time or money, in which the Trust and one or more other organisations work in close partnership, and where the project is jointly conceived and developed.

Because of the significant investment of staff time and money Major Projects involve, the Trust normally supports only 1 or 2 such projects at any given time.  Deadlines for applications related to Major Projects are twice a year, usually April and September (please ask for exact deadline dates, since these change from year to year).

If you are interested to explore major project partnership working, please get in touch with Ian Jones (director@saltleytrust.org.uk) in the first instance, for a further conversation.

Medium Sized Projects Fund

Our medium sized projects fund is for projects which could benefit from more than £1000 and up to c. £10,000 in any given year (projects lasting more than a year are eligible to apply).  It is expected that these projects will require some element of partnership working with St Peter’s Saltley Trust in addition to grant funding.  However, the nature of the partnership will be negotiated based on the project’s needs and the skills of Trust staff.  Grants can cover the full range of project costs which the Trust funds (see full criteria further down the page).  Applications to this fund are considered twice a year, with usual application deadlines in April and September (please ask for exact deadline dates as these change from year to year).

If you think you have a project which might benefit from this fund, please contact Ian Jones (director@saltleytrust.org.uk) in the first instance, for a further conversation.

Consolidation and Development Fund

Our Consolidation and Development Fund is for exceptional cases where an existing or recently completed project has been particularly fruitful or effective, and where there is clear scope for further development or a definite need to consolidate.

Please note that Consolidation and Development grants are given only in exceptional circumstances.  The normal presumption will continue to be that grants are for one time-limited project only, per organisation.  This fund is not a general ‘continuation fund’ and the Trust does not give ongoing funding for core costs.  Deadlines for application to this fund are twice a year (usually April and September – please ask for exact deadline dates as these change from year to year).

If you are interested in making an application to this fund, please get in touch with Ian Jones (director@saltleytrust.org.uk) in the first instance for a further conversation.

Small Grants Fund

Our small grants fund offers small one-off grants to projects which could potentially benefit from the injection of a few hundred pounds.  Grants are available to cover project costs including: resource development, training, research expenses, conferences, events or exhibitions.  The small grants fund makes available around 10 grants per year of approximately £500 each.  There are four application dates per year, usually February, April, September and November (please ask for the exact deadline dates as these will change from year to year).  If you are interested in applying to our small grants fund, please get in touch with Lynne Hayes-James (bursar@saltleytrust.org.uk) in the first instance, for a further conversation.

We do not as a matter of course provide:

  • Grants to cover the cost of fees and maintenance for personal study and research*
  • Core costs (e.g., for ongoing staff salaries. We only fund additional salary costs for specific pieces of project work to be undertaken)
  • Grants for capital projects (e.g., building repairs and maintenance)
  • Subsidies for work which churches, schools, colleges and other organisations should be doing anyway – Trust funding is not available simply to ‘prop up’ existing activity

*If you are seeking bursaries to cover cost of fees and/or maintenance whilst studying, you may be able to apply to one of the other Trusts which are members of the Association of Church College Trusts. you can check their criteria here.

If you have a good idea for a project, as a first step please contact us for a conversation to help us determine whether it could become the basis for a formal application.
What we support:

  • The work must be locally-based within the area of benefit and be concerned with one of the three spheres of interest within which the Trust has chosen to work
  • The work must be a partnership venture between the Trust and local project organisers, jointly coordinated and developed
  • The work must be imaginative, innovative, experimental and creative and as far as possible of value to a wider audience
  • The work must focus on the interconnection of religion and education.
  • The Trust exists to enhance Christian religious education and learning, but within this, projects with an interfaith and/or multi-faith focus may be considered
  • The work must take the form of a discrete project, with clear aims and objectives, time limits and resource requirements
  • The work must widen and advance work in education and religion, giving special benefits beyond the norm to schools, colleges, churches and other organisations

It is not necessary to be a registered charity to apply for funding; however, preference will usually be given to non-profit-making groups.

We strongly encourage you to get in touch to discuss funding at an early stage of your project, rather than leaving it until the project is almost complete.

If encouraged to make a formal application, project proposals will be judged upon:

  • Degree of fit with priority areas identified by the Trust
  • Extent to which project is felt to be creative, innovative, exploratory or experimental
  • Degree of meaningful partnership with St Peter’s Saltley Trust
  • Evidence of meaningful connection with/potential benefit to the needs identified within the West Midlands region
  • Potential for the project to benefit the most marginalised in church and society, and to grow the vision, understanding, gifts and capacities of people at grass-roots level (not concentrating power and expertise into the hands of a privileged few ‘experts’)
  • Extent to which learning from the project may be captured and shared for the benefit of others
  • Potential for sustainability (if relevant to the aims of the project)
  • Scope for work developed within the region to become a model for work done elsewhere

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