Growing reach and impact: our transformational programme

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Allchurches Trust’s Transformational grants programme provides funding for Christian organisations to make a step change in their capacity, reach, impact and spiritual growth, enabling them to forge connections with many more people and communities who will benefit from their work.

Transformational grants are usually for major, multi-year projects and, only a limited number are awarded each year to the projects that trustees consider best fit the aims and criteria for the programme. In addition to meeting the Trust’s core criteria for the award of a grant, applicants must demonstrate how their project will achieve as many as possible, and ideally all, of the following criteria: 


1. Make a vital difference in enabling the organisation to realise its overall vision and strategic aims

We are able to consider applications for both the extension and growth of existing work, and for innovative and new work, as long as we can clearly see how this will help you realise your overall vision and strategic aims, and lead to transformational impact for your organisation and your beneficiaries.


2. Significantly extend the organisation’s reach to a greater number of people and/or over a wider geographical area, and increase the scope of its work

Projects for funding should have a ‘wider than local’ i.e. at least regional impact, therefore whilst Christian charities and organisations of all kinds are able to apply, local churches and Christian charities working solely in a local area are very unlikely to be eligible for this type of grant, and should contact us to discuss the project concerned before applying. We may be able to suggest another programme which is more suitable.


3. Lead to a significant step-change or growth for the organisation – numerically and spiritually

In this area, we’d like to see how your project will enable real transformation for your organisation, which will then result in demonstrable and measurable transformational impact for your beneficiaries, with more people being reached by the work you do, and there being a real difference or benefit in their lives as a result. 


4. Benefit not only the immediate organisation but other similar organisations and/or the wider community as well

We’re always keen to see the widest possible benefit from projects funded, and to see collaboration where similar work or projects are being undertaken. If you’re aware of other organisations with similar projects, we’d like to see how you plan to collaborate with others to achieve the greatest possible impact, or if you feel there’s a strong case to consider funding your project in preference to others in the same field, to hear the reasons why you believe we should do so.

 

If you have any queries with regard to eligibility, please contact us so that we can provide guidance.

While the majority of Allchurches’ grants are for capital projects and equipment, this programme will also fund salaries, recognising that innovative projects seeking to achieve a step-change will require resource for pump-priming and capacity-building in order to maximise potential impact and reach.

The programme aims to fund the most innovative and impactful projects that will make a change in the world and inspire and give confidence to other churches and Christian organisations to do the same. Applicants should, therefore, be committed to exploring partnerships and sharing learnings that will benefit the wider Christian sector. 


The following are examples of grants that have been awarded under the programme:

National Estate Churches Network

Kintsugi Hope

Church of Ireland Mental Health Initiative

Safe Families

Missional Youth Church Network

Just Finance Foundation - Lifesavers


The Transformational Grants application form can be accessed here. Please do read the FAQs for the programme before applying. The application process has three stages:

• An eligibility check which ensures that the project sufficiently meets the programme criteria

• Stage 1: overview information about the project for which you are seeking funding

• Stage 2: detailed information about the project for which you are seeking funding

 

The application form link above will enable you to initially complete the eligibility check and – if this is passed - Stage 1 of the application process. Once you have submitted your Stage 1 application information, this will be reviewed and you will be informed as soon as possible whether we would like you to progress to Stage 2. 

If you experience any difficulties with the application process or have any queries about the programme, please contact us and we’ll be glad to help. Applications under the programme are considered on a rolling basis. There is no fixed deadline for submissions.

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