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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Where does the Trust’s money come from?


    Allchurches Trust Limited (ATL) is the charitable owner of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) and Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO), an independent financial services company, regulated by the FCA and PRA, which insures heritage buildings, charities, schools, churches and other faith buildings and provides a range of specialist investment management, risk management, broking and advisory services. EIO passes a significant proportion of its profits to ATL.  The fact that an applicant may have an insurance agreement with EIG or any of its subsidiaries is not known to the trustees when they make their decisions on grants.

  • Who decides how much money we get?


    Allchurches Trust Limited (ATL)'s board of trustees consider each application on its own merits, based on your application form and where appropriate, a report from one of our grant officers. If the application meets ATL's criteria, a grant will be considered based on the overall cost of the project, the amounts raised to date and other factors.

  • Who can apply?


    Allchurches Trust Limited (ATL) makes grants to churches and charities with a Christian foundation to benefit people in their local communities across the UK.  We will normally support any Christian church so long as it is a member of Churches Together in England (CTE), Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS), Churches Together in Wales (Cytun), or the Irish Council of Churches.  Charities must have a Christian foundation.  We particularly welcome applications for projects in areas of greatest need and which benefit mission and help local communities.

  • Can we apply if we are not a member of Churches Together in England/Action of Churches Together in Scotland/Cytun (Churches Together in Wales)/the Irish Council of Churches?

    The trustees only support such churches in exceptional circumstances.
  • Do we have to be a registered charity to apply?

    We are only able to support UK registered charities unless the organisation applying has exempt status - this is restricted to churches and educational establishments.  If your organisation is not one of these then unfortunately you are not eligible to apply to us.
  • What do you fund?


    Projects must be consistent with Allchurches Trust Limited (ATL)’s objects which are to promote the Christian faith, to contribute to the funds of charitable institutions or associations and to carry out any charitable purpose.  We like to assist in areas of greatest need. We especially favour projects that show vision, illustrate enthusiastic support, and demonstrate financial sustainability.

Successful applications frequently involve improvements to buildings, essential repairs to and renewal of historic buildings, and the installation of better facilities such as improved accessibility, lavatories, kitchens, church re-orderings and meeting rooms for community use. Additionally we can look at pump priming new initiatives particularly around training, mission and church growth. We have provided grants to programmes that encourage the training and development of lay and ordained people, and that enable evangelism and church growth.  We have also supported charities such as hospices, schools and trusts.  Our website, annual reports and annual reviews include reports of recent grants which illustrate the huge variety of schemes we have supported.

  • What don’t you fund?

     1.  Charities with a political association
     2.  National charities
     3.  Individuals or causes that will benefit only one person such as student grants and bursaries
     4.  Running costs and salaries
     5.  Healthcare though hospices can apply for funding towards the provision of chapel and chaplaincy space
     6.  Work that is primarily the responsibility of statutory authorities including residential, respite, day care and housing provision
     7.  Animal welfare, zoos, captive breeding or animal rescue centres
     8.  Retrospective grants although we may be prepared to consider applications for work already done which was urgent (such as essential emergency roof repairs) or for major capital projects (where work has started before all funding has been raised)
     9.  More than one appeal from the same applicant within a 24 month period.
  • What size of grants do you give?


    Most of our grants are between £1,000 and £5,000, but may be larger depending on the cost of the project.
 We take into account the amount raised towards a project as well as the project’s objectives and the extent of deprivation in the community concerned.

  • Do you require some funding to have been raised?

    In the case of larger projects we normally require some 30 per cent of funding to be in place before making a grant.  We will discuss this with you at the time you make your application.
  • Our project has already finished but we still have a major funding gap – can we still apply?


    If you are raising funds for a major capital project and the work has already started, then it may be possible to apply.  If however you have already completed your project, ATL will not be able to support it. If in doubt, please contact us to discuss your potential application.

  • What happens if we are asked to put our application on hold pending further fundraising?


The application will stay live on our system for up to two years. If we have not heard from you within that time, the application will be filed and you will need to make a new submission.

  • My application was rejected – why?

    The trustees take a range of considerations into account, including, for example, such factors as whether it meets ATL’s objects, previous grants, costs, available resources, the sustainability of the project, and the viability of the fundraising plan. While the trustees aim to support as many good projects and organisations as possible, it is unfortunately not possible to provide funding to all; they may simply have declined to make a grant because of the volume of applications received
  • Our previous application was rejected, so can we apply again?

    Yes, the trustees will consider each application on its merits. It might be helpful to check that your application meets our grant giving policy.
  • How long before we can make a further application?

    If you have received a grant, then you will need to wait two years after that grant was awarded.
  • How long does the process take?


    When you apply online you will receive an immediate email acknowledgement letting you know that we have received your application. 
On average, it takes between three and six months for an application to be processed, considered by the trustees and for the decision to be communicated to you. 
We receive a large number of applications and we take great care in reviewing each one individually.

  • If we are successful in receiving a grant, do you expect an acknowledgment or publicity?


    We send a receipt for you to sign, acknowledging that you have received a grant, which must be returned to us. We also send a Grant Certificate to be displayed within the project building. 
Recognition of the grant should be publicised for example in literature, on notice boards, websites or on a plaque. If needed, we can supply appropriate artwork to help you with this.

    On the application form it states “In the event of receiving a grant … ATL may wish to disclose the recipient of the grant and the nature of the application”. The trustees are obliged to publish, in the annual report and accounts, details of the grants they have awarded. In addition, the trustees seek to publicise their grant-making activities on, for example, the ATL website and in other publicity material. This information is useful for potential applicants.

  • Iain Hearn

    Contact us

    If you have any problems or queries about completing your application, please contact:

    Iain Hearn
    Allchurches Trust Limited
    Beaufort House
    Brunswick Road
    GL1 1JZ
    Tel: 01452 873189

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    Registered Office: Allchurches Trust Limited, Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. Tel: 01452 873189. The named company above is registered in England No. 1043742 Registered Charity number: 263960