Growing the reach and impact of Christian organisations
Benefact 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 with wide impact, and only a limited number are awarded each year to the projects that trustees consider best fit the aims and criteria for the programme. Therefore, while we welcome applications from Christian charities and organisations seeking funding for transformational work of this kind, unfortunately we are not able to consider applications for this programme from local churches and Christian charities working solely in a local area.
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 as above, whilst Christian charities and organisations of all kinds are able to apply, local churches and Christian charities working solely in a local area will not be eligible for this type of grant.
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.
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.
If you have any queries with regard to eligibility, please contact us so that we can provide guidance.
While the majority of Benefact Trust’s 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.
The following are examples of grants that have been awarded under the programme:
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.
Applications under the programme are considered on a rolling basis. There is no fixed deadline for submissions.