For Christian charities up and down the country, the coronavirus outbreak and its rapid spread has meant, at best, a degree of financial difficulty, and, at worst, the risk of not making it through the pandemic at all. The past few months have been full of questions for us all.

How do we ensure that we can still offer vital services when we are struggling financially? How do we protect jobs when we are forced to re-evaluate our expenditure? How do we cope with a substantial drop in income and approach fundraising when many donors are understandably more anxious about giving?

While, in this ever-changing and complex landscape, we can’t pretend to have all the answers, what is certain is that this is a time of both great challenge and unprecedented opportunity. We, as Christian charities, must keep going, working to demonstrate God’s love to the vulnerable, and spreading the gospel hope, both at this time of uncertainty and beyond, and there are a selection of grant-making trusts and organisations that are offering financial support to help us do that. 

Below you will find a list of these grant-making trusts and organisations that are taking applications from Christian charities. Some are large trusts or organisations you may well be familiar with, while others are much smaller and less well-known; some are committed to responding directly to COVID-19, others to funding Christian education and discipleship, and others to social action for the most vulnerable. What they all have in common, however, is their whole-hearted commitment to advancing the Christian faith and demonstrating God’s love in a tangible way. 

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As you explore the list, I pray that you will be guided to the right one for your cause, charity or organisation, and that God’s hand will be over the application process. 

Allchurches’ Trust HOPE Beyond Fund

One of the largest grant-making charities in the UK, Allchurches helps to address some of the most difficult social issues, alongside those who care for heritage.

  • Following an online consultation, Allchurches Trust recently launched their Hope Beyond grants programme, which aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities. They are committed to funding innovative, impactful projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope.
  • The three key themes are: projects responding to issues of loneliness and isolation; projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

  • CAF has launched a rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much-needed support to our communities across the UK.
  • As of 17 July 2020, the fund is currently paused, but keep an eye out as it could reopen.

Childs Charitable Trust

CCT has set up an emergency fund to help Christian charities and organisations that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19 and require emergency funding.

Alongside this list, you could also take a look at Grants Online, which has provided a helpful round-up of funding programmes to assist local organisations (both religious and non-religious) in responding to the challenges of COVID-19. Bear in mind that these programmes are not all aimed at Christian charities and organisations.

Samaritan’s Purse, This is Love

Alongside their response activities overseas, the situation in the UK has prompted Samaritan’s Purse to respond locally. They partnered with churches and/​or projects in reaching their communities during the current pandemic through one-off grants of up to £5,000. Samaritan’s Purse is continuing to raise funds in the hope of being able to provide further support of this kind in the future.

Hinchley Charitable Trust

The primary focus is supporting Christian charities, with a particular emphasis on youth work. The trust looks to support activities and initiatives which have the potential to transform communities.

The Cinnamon Network

The Cinnamon Network has a number of £2,000 Cinnamon Micro-Grants available in specific regions, to help churches get their recommended projects off the ground.

The Joseph Rank Trust

An independent Christian grant-maker working will all Christian denominations in the UK. The principal object of the trust is to advance the Christian faith” and further the kingdom of God.

Sir Halley Stewart Trust

A grant-giving charity supporting innovative and pioneering social, medical and religious projects, to enable human flourishing and to prevent suffering.

Laing Family Trusts

A group of four grant-making trusts with a Christian foundation, seeking to:

  • promote Christian faith and values
  • care for those in need
  • encourage young people to realise their potential

Mazars Charitable Trust

Making a proactive contribution to our communities and wider society has always been fundamental to Mazars’ values, which is why Mazars donates a proportion of its profits to a range of charities each year.

John James Charitable Trust

The trust exists to:

  • promote education in the Christian faith amongst children and young people
  • support people in training for Christian ministry
  • relieve poverty and distress created by sudden or unexpected circumstances

Slavanka Trust

Slavanka aims to give financial and professional support to those involved in Christian ministry, including the establishment and running of Christian conference centres and other residential Christian activities, and the provision of Christian education.

The Archer Trust

A Christian grant-making trust providing aid or support to a defined group of needy or deserving people e.g. those with physical or mental disabilities. Prefer to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment and deprivation.

Saltley Trust

Offers funding to develop imaginative, effective projects in religious and theological education, spiritual and moral development and growth in Christian discipleship.

Jerusalem Trust

One of the 17 Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, the Jerusalem Trust is committed to advancing the Christian religion, Christian education and learning.

Some are large trusts or organisations you may well be familiar with, while others are much smaller and less well-known.